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Gifted Children: Disadvantaged

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether Teach First advocates are being used to mentor disadvantaged gifted and talented students from state schools in (a) London, (b) the Black Country and (c) Greater Manchester. (247405)

The Teach First Advocates scheme, part of the City Challenge Gifted and Talented Education Strand (City GATES), is now called the Higher Education Access Programme for Schools (HEAPS). HEAPS has been piloted in London and will continue there. It is being rolled out in Greater Manchester from this academic year (2008/09) and will be extended to the Black Country in academic year 2009/10.