Labour must do more to cater for gifted children, says Tristram Hunt

The Guardian is reporting that shadow education secretary plans to establish an independently administered fund to advise teachers on treatment of most talented children…

Labour must challenge its own taboos about helping the most gifted and talented children in schools by reviving plans to do more nationally to help them, the shadow education secretary, Tristam Hunt, has said today.

Hunt has told the Guardian that in government he plans to set up a special fund, administered independently, to advise teachers on what they can do to stretch the most talented children in primary and secondary schools.

He said: “We have done a lot to help those at risk of falling behind through initiatives such as the Pupil Premium, but we need to more to help the most talented, especially from deprived backgrounds.”

…Hunt is proposing that schools be entitled to bid for monies from the Gifted and Talented Fund to help their work in stretching their most able pupils. It is likely to have a £15m pot initially, and will set up a new evidence base on how to encourage talented children. International research shows that, with most resources focused on improving the performance of the lowest achievers, the UK performs badly in helping the most talented children…

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Is Tristram Hunt right to suggest this is an area that needs addressing and what do you think of the idea of the independently administered fund? £15m spread over 22,000 schools in England works out at less than £700 per school on average – is that enough to have an impact?

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove It does seem that TristramHuntMP just comes out with a soundbite for every education story going then a half baked “policy”

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove It does seem that TristramHuntMP just comes out with a soundbite for every education story going then a half baked “policy”

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This fund will be largely ignored as no-one will know what sort of activities could be funded by it. Stick it in edu budget

  4. TW

    “Hunt is proposing that schools be entitled to bid for monies”

    He just cannot see a Tory policy without loving it.  Buffoon.

  5. GiftedNutter

    SchoolsImprove omg he said something about the unspeakable, what did happen to the NAGC! Someone remind me, won’t fit in the box, problem!

  6. encompassnow

    SchoolsImprove many #gifted children do not #learn in a #conventional way and often struggle in #school #whataboutthem #needinput #noschl

  7. Best not to do all this labelling and special programmes.  ‘Gifted’, ‘disadvantaged’, ‘dyslexic’, etc
    Just assess where the students are at and give them tasks which take their learning forward.
    Educate.  From Latin ‘to draw out’.

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