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National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth

Volume 684: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the proposed register of pupils in the National Academy for Gifted Youth will be held in electronic form; who will have access to the information held on it; and, if it is to be held electronically, when a procurement process will begin for the information technology required to support it.[HL7074]

The national register will include all pupils identified as gifted and talented by their primary and secondary schools, including those 11 to 19 year-olds who are within the top 5 per cent by ability and so eligible for membership of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY). The national register will be computerised. It will draw together material in NAGTY's existing database and in the national pupil database. We have asked NAGTY to undertake the management of the national register and we anticipate that it will be developed under existing contracts. Schools will be the main users of the national register. We anticipate access for parents and pupils to their own data, as well as access to relevant aggregated data for school improvement partners, local authorities and higher education institutions, in a manner consistent with the data protection legislation.