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Gifted Children

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for the future of his Department’s Gifted and Talented programme. (314379)

Government are committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to progress well and that they receive an education that is personalised to their individual needs. We are re-launching an online environment for Gifted and Talented (G&T) pupils and strengthening the support we provide to schools to help them provide the additional stretch and challenge their G&T learners need to fulfil their potential. We are introducing some changes to better support teachers delivering G&T education, to ensure that G&T is better integrated into school and classroom practice and that schools have the funding they need to develop and support their most able pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of school children in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West were identified as gifted and talented in each of the last five years. (314297)

Through the School Census schools are asked to confirm the number of gifted and talented pupils they have identified. The DCSF does not hold data on the number of G&T pupils who went on to further education.

The tables show the number and percentage of children identified as gifted and talented in Chorley local authority, Lancashire and the North West region and England in the January census between 2006, when the question was first asked, and 2009.

2006 records include Secondary G&T pupil data only. Otherwise, figures include Primary1 and Secondary1,2 school data broken down by the number3 and percentage of gifted and talented pupils.

Maintained primary1 and state-funded secondary1,2 schools: number3 and percentage of gifted and talented pupils

In the constituency of Chorley

Maintained primary schools

State-funded secondary schools

Primary and secondary schools

As at January each year

Number of gifted and talented pupils

Percentage of gifted and talented pupils

Number of gifted and talented pupils

Percentage of gifted and talented pupils

Number of gifted and talented pupils

Percentage of gifted and talented pupils

2009

1,260

15.1

1,110

15.3

2,370

15.2

2008

1,030

12.4

1,020

13.8

2,050

13.1

2007

1,050

12.5

780

10.3

1,830

11.5

2006

670

8.6

In the local authority of Lancashire

Maintained primary schools

State-funded secondary schools

Primary and secondary schools

As at January each year

Number of gifted and talented pupils

Percentage of gifted and talented pupils

Number of gifted and talented pupils

Percentage of gifted and talented pupils

Number of gifted and talented pupils

percentage of gifted and talented pupils

2009

12,600

14.0

11,002

15.7

23,600

14.8

2008

11,470

12.6

10,570

14.8

22,030

13.6

2007

9,580

10.4

9,580

13.1

19,160

11.6

2006

7,480

10.0

Figures for the North West government office region

Maintained primary schools

State-funded secondary schools

Primary and secondary schools

As at January each year

Number of gifted and talented pupils

Percentage of gifted and talented pupils

Number of gifted and talented pupils

Percentage of gifted and talented pupils

Number of gifted and talented pupils

Percentage of gifted and talented pupils

2009

48,950

9

59,037

13

107,990

11

2008

46,230

8

57,270

13

103,500

10

2007

39,230

7

55,890

12

95,130

9

2006

48,380

10.4

1 All data include middle schools as deemed.

2 All data include City Technology Colleges and Academies.

3 All data show solely registered pupils only.

Note:

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census

A data table showing information for all local authorities in England has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of school children in (a) Suffolk, (b) the East of England and (c) England were (i) identified as gifted and talented and (ii) went on to further education in each of the last five years. (313857)

Through the school census schools are asked to confirm the number of gifted and talented pupils they have identified. The DCSF does not hold data on the number of G and T pupils who subsequently went on to further education.

The following tables show the number and percentage of children identified as gifted and talented in Suffolk local authority, the East of England region and England in the January census between 2006, when the question was first asked, and 2009.

2006 records include Secondary G&T pupil data only. Otherwise, figures include Primary1 and Secondary1,2 school data broken down by the number3 and percentage of gifted and talented pupils.

Maintained primary1 and state-funded secondary1,2 schools: number3 and percentage of gifted and talented pupils as at January each year in the local authority of Suffolk

Maintained primary schools

State-funded Secondary Schools

Primary and Secondary School

Number of Gifted and Talented pupils

% of Gifted and Talented pupils

Number of Gifted and Talented pupils

% of Gifted and Talented pupils

Number of Gifted and Talented pupils

% of Gifted and Talented pupils

2009

3,230

7.3

7,225

13.7

10,450

10.8

2008

3,070

6.9

6,410

12.0

9,480

9.7

2007

2,470

5.5

4,580

8.4

7,050

7.1

2006

2,700

5.0

2,700

5.0

Source:

School Census

Maintained primary1 and state-funded secondary1,2 schools: number3 and percentage of gifted and talented pupils as at January each year in the East of England Government Office Region

Maintained primary schools

State-funded Secondary Schools

Primary and Secondary School

Number of Gifted and Talented pupils

% of Gifted and Talented pupils

Number of Gifted and Talented pupils

% of Gifted and Talented pupils

Number of Gifted and Talented pupils

% of Gifted and Talented pupils

2009

34,930

9.0

2008

29,350

6.7

44,630

11.5

73,980

9.0

2007

36,150

8.4

50,711

13.0

86,850

10.6

2006

38,230

8.9

54,651

14.0

92,990

11.3

Source:

School Census

Maintained primary1 and state-funded secondary1,2 schools: number3 and percentage of gifted and talented pupils as at January each year—national figures for England

Maintained primary schools

State-funded Secondary Schools

Primary and Secondary School

Number of Gifted and Talented pupils

% of Gifted and Talented pupils

Number of Gifted and Talented pupils

% of Gifted and Talented pupils

Number of Gifted and Talented pupils

% of Gifted and Talented pupils

2009

353,210

8.7

466,820

14.3

820,020

11.2

2008

331,580

8.1

448,380,

13.6

779,970

10.6

2007

282,310

6.9

416,440

12.5

698,740

9.4

2006

352,980

10.6

1 All data include middle schools as deemed.

2 All data include City Technology Colleges and Academies.

3 All data show solely registered pupils only.

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census

A data table showing information for all local authorities in England has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.