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Gifted Children

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in (i) each region of England and (ii) Darlington are on gifted and talented programmes. (275751)

The Department does not collect data on pupils participating in gifted and talented programmes. Through the School Census schools are asked to confirm the gifted and talented pupils they have identified. I have placed in the House Libraries a table showing the number and percentage of identified gifted and talented pupils in maintained primary and secondary schools at January 2008, broken down by local authority and region. This shows that the figures for Darlington are 3.7 per cent. (primary) and 13.6 per cent. (secondary), against national figures of 8.1 per cent. and 13.6 per cent. respectively.