The Department has collected information about individual pupil’s Gifted and Talented status in Secondary schools since 2006. The information available to answer this question is provided in the following table. Please note that this information covers pupils in school sixth forms only; pupils entered for A-level examinations in sixth form or further education colleges are excluded from the figures.
Number Percentage 2006 112 1.0 2008 637 2.3 2009 675 2.1 Source: National Pupil Database.
National Pupil Database.
Pupils identified as gifted and talented are defined as
“Children and young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities)”.
Included are students identified for their talent in, for example, creative arts or sports rather than their ability to excel academically.