The Gifted and Talented academy which was set up in 2002 and based at Warwick University, is to be scrapped next month.

It was set up to ensure that the very brightest pupils in the UK reached their full potential.  The popular Summer Schools at Warwick ran courses, master classes and provided support for Britain’s brightest.  They attracted over 4,000 secondary age pupils who were privileged to receive learning normally reserved for pupils in private schools.

“Excellence Hubs” were established around the country to provide out-of-school activities for children who were identified by their teacher as being in the top 10 per cent of the school’s ability range.

Parents are now worried and feel let down by the loss of this provision for their gifted children and are concerned that they will not now be academically challenged.  Some are turning to private tuition……

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