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What is Gifted and Talented - is it something my son should take up?

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BeckyBendyLegs Thu 16-Jul-09 17:13:43

My DS1's primary school is CRAP at communication. DS1 is in reception and I've found in his bookbag a letter about gifted and talented. It's not a personal letter to me or him but just two letters addressed to 'dear learner' and 'dear parent'. At first I thought it was junk mail, you know, the sort of thing they get stuffed in their bookbags all the time. But he claims not everyone got one and the other mums near me said they didn't have such a letter. So I have no idea what gifted and talented is and will need to do some research. I just wish his teacher would say something to me in person if this is something special rather than letting me assume it is just junk mail. Is it worth me investigating? Of course I think DS is gifted and talented but then doesn't every parent think that of their child??

Greensleeves Thu 16-Jul-09 17:15:04

God I wish ds2 would take up Gifted and Talented

he could give up nose-picking to create a window in his schedule grin

LIZS Thu 16-Jul-09 17:15:40

G and T means different things to different people so you need to ask the school what they would do.

seeker Thu 16-Jul-09 17:19:38

You need to talk to the teacher. Tomorrow - last day of term or not.

hocuspontas Thu 16-Jul-09 17:20:17

Is it a flyer from an outside company that want your money? If so, ignore.

BeckyBendyLegs Thu 16-Jul-09 17:36:39

I don't think they want money. The website is www.ygt.dcsf.gov.uk so sounds legit! I will talk to the teacher tomorrow even if I end up looking like a numpty and she says 'what are you on about, it's just junk!'

Greenleeves lol! There's nothing wrong with a bit of nose picking!

roisin Thu 16-Jul-09 18:30:55

For ygt you need to go to the site and sign-up, then the school authorises your registration.

So if school breaks up tomorrow, I would suggest he gets on the computer tonight.

madwomanintheattic Mon 20-Jul-09 12:51:29

lol becky. it's just the school catching up with admin.

essentially it means that your child is on the g&t list for something or other at school (is he a good reader?) and as such they get the option to register on the website. there are games and stuff to access - have a look, it's dead easy.

as roisin said, to get full access, you need to fill in the profile with his school details - they then send a confirmation request to the school. once the school has 'confirmed', it opens up more areas on the site i think.

(please note - your school may take months or require a helpful prod to 'confirm' his membership)

tis fine. have you done it now?

i think it is just this year's special tbh and is being pushed a bit by most lea's - there's probably a government initiative suggesting that x % of g&t listed should be members of the site lol) - it's definitely one of the things that our school have become involved in of late. i left it for ages and then registered - it looks fairly harmless lol.

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