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Do all schools recognise G&T?

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LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Wed 19-Feb-14 08:32:39

I've only ever come across it on MN. Never heard any friends mention it either. Is it covered by OFSTED?
What qualifies a child to be G&T, would it be so many levels higher than the expectation for the year group?

gardenfeature Wed 19-Feb-14 14:39:02

Lots of information on school websites if you do a search on "school G&T policy" and put in a school name. It seems to vary from school to school.

iseenodust Wed 19-Feb-14 17:25:21

The Last OFSTED I read said something like "need to provide more challenge for more able students". All students are supposed to be catered for in any lesson.

Friends don't mention it because if it's your own DC then it seems boastful.

Iamnotminterested Wed 19-Feb-14 19:11:13

All schools should cater for children of all abilities, whether above average, average or needing more support, so I guess in that respect then yes, they do/should. Whether a school needs to send letters home to parents or tell said parents that LittleMint has been added to some 'register' or other then no, a lot of schools don't and I personally don't feel it necessary. The Dcs school do a very good job of challenging the most able but in a subtle, in-class way and that's how it should be in my opinion.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Wed 19-Feb-14 20:24:29

My DS is above average in his levels and the school do cater for this, but I've never heard the term G&T. I'm not bothered by this, just curious.

Au79 Thu 20-Feb-14 11:58:54

Lots of schools esp primary don't cater and will deny the child is Able, seems to me to keep the parents out of their hair.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Thu 20-Feb-14 13:33:10

That's interesting AU79.

If I child finished Y2 with levels of 3A, would that be G&T?

Middleagedmotheroftwo Thu 20-Feb-14 13:38:29

your child can be well above average, but still not be G&T. G&T kids are somthing like the top 5-10% of their cohort.

By law the school has to have a G&T policy and it should be on their website. If it's not, ask to see it.

I'm sure his teacher/form tutor (you don't mention age) would be happy to discuss DCs progress, and why he isn't G&T.

In my experience G&T kids are the type who welcome more work, work to do in the holidays, going on specialist courses in their own free time etc (ie kids who have a real love for learning), not just kids who are very able.

You can be generally G&T, or identified as G&T in a particular area, such as Maths, Music, Languages etc.

sandyballs Thu 20-Feb-14 13:45:00

In my DDs state secondary school (London), they describe the top 10% in each year in each subject as G&T.

In theory!! I wrote a ranting post on here last year about my DD not getting 'G&T' in sport/PE despite the fact that she did cross country for the school, was on the netball, basketball and football teams etc. I explained to her at the time that although she was obviously very good at sport, she can't have been in that top 10%, so try harder etc etc ..... then we discovered a friend's boy had been targetted as G&T for sport/PE and he hates the subject with a vengeance, doesn't belong to any teams, barely does the minimum lessons required.

So what I'm saying is, it's basically bollocks and a massive Ofsted thing at the moment.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Thu 20-Feb-14 13:45:24

Thank you Middle, I'll check the policy out of curiosity.

I'm not going to bring up G&T with the school, I think they cater for him very well - he works with a higher age group and is comfortable with the work.

I was/am just curious about the terminology.

Fuzzymum1 Wed 05-Mar-14 20:43:48

Many schools will have a G&T register but don't necessarily inform parents of it.

squirrel996 Thu 06-Mar-14 15:27:02

My dd's last school just used the top 10% but there was only 1 class of 30 children.
The school she is at now has every child in year 6 that is working at level 5 does Enrich work which is the Gifted and Talented programme.

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