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More support needed for talented students in Wales, 26/06/12 [W]

A report by Estyn, the education and skills inspectorate in Wales, has shown that more needs to be done to identify, encourage and challenge the most able and talented children in schools.

The report, Supporting more able and talented pupils in secondary schools, evaluates how local authorities and schools are doing at helping talented students to achieve their potential. It found that disadvantaged students in particular are not given the help they need to overcome barriers to learning, and very few schools use best practice such as observation and testing to identify talented students, and personalized approaches to teaching and mentoring to nurture pupils’ abilities.

The brightest children in Wales achieve less well than in Scotland and England, and could make more of their abilities with the right support.

The full press release and report are available from the Estyn website.