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Gifted and Talented Pupils

Gifted and Talented Pupils

A definition of Gifted and Talented:

  • Gifted: describes students who have the ability to excel academically in one or more subjects such as English, drama, technology

  • Talented: describes students who have the ability to excel in practical skills such as sport, leadership, artistic performance. These students may well follow a vocational training pathway to accreditation and employment

Identifying gifted children

All schools should be identifying the most able, gifted and talented 5 - 10% of pupils at the school.  It is a relative term ie: 5-10% should be identified regardless of the school’s profile. They are the most able in ‘this school’.  Gifted and talented does not refer to the most able 5 - 10% in the country.  The principles of good teaching for all children provide a foundation for identification of, and effective provision for, more able, gifted and talented students.

Strategies for gifted children

Schools work hard to create the right level of challenge and support for high achieving pupils and use identification strategies which enable them to recognise all kinds of ability.

These include:

  • Quantitative data such as test results
  • Information from staff at current and previous schools, pupils and parents/carers
  • Rate of progress


Characteristics of gifted children

Typical characteristics of more able, gifted and talented to look out for include:

  • Highly developed literacy skills
  • Logical reasoning ability
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Ability to link concepts and ideas
  • Ability to question ideas and concepts
  • Ability to apply what they know in new contexts
  • Wide reading
  • Wide general knowledge
  • Excellent memory skills
  • Humour
  • Proficiency at problem solving
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Intrapersonal skills
  • Bodily/kinaesthetic skills
  • Rapid assimilation of material
  • Focused concentration on specific tasks
  • Persistence, determination and high standards
  • Musical ability
  • Keen observation
  • Leadership qualities
  • Intellectual curiosity



Parents and teachers of more able children have found the following websites useful:

Challenge Award

The Challenge Award is supported by NACE - the National Association for Able Children in Education. 

It is an award for Primary and Secondary Schools, which recognises and celebrates quality whole school provision for more able, gifted and talented pupils. We are promoting this as an award which matches the profile of Wokingham Schools and which will be useful for whole school development for MAGT, for self-evaluation purposes and for promotional opportunities. 

It enables schools to answer the following key questions:

  • What does effective provision for able, gifted and talented look like?

  • What are the aspects that constitute quality provision?

  • How well are we doing and how do we know?

  • Where is the evidence and how do we judge it?

  • What is our next priority?

The Challenge Award Framework is a very useful tool in itself and in addition schools may choose to proceed to validation, leading to the Award. For more information visit the National Association for Able Children in Education - NACE - website.