Contact person: Tim Dracup
Kingston-upon-Thames, England, UK
Events in England, United Kingdom in 2011:
Launch of GT Voice, a new network for all those with an interest in UK gifted and talented education
Date: March/April 2011
Coordinating organisation: GT Voice Working Group
Website of organisation: http://www.gtvoice.org.uk
Virtual Workshop: A Global Perspective on Gifted Education, led by Tim Dracup
Date: March 26th, 2011
Venue: Second Life
Coordinating organisation: The Bavarian Centre for Gifted and Talented Children
Website of organisation: http://www.begabungszentrum-bayern.de/global-virtual-meeting-for-gifted-education-in-secondlife/
For further events please see the list here.
Talent Support in England, United Kingdom
There has been significant Government support and investment in English gifted and talented education since 1999, including a series of contracts for services to meet the needs of gifted and talented learners and their educators.
The new Coalition Government has no explicit policy for gifted and talented education and is expected to end all contracts, though some services may continue on a self-funded basis. Its wider policy is to move away from top-down, centralised support and instead encourage school autonomy.
There are several organisations that support gifted and talented education in England. One of the most prominent, the National Association for Gifted Children, has existed for over 30 years. NAGC is a charity helping gifted children, their parents/carers and educators. Its objectives are:
- To provide help, support and encouragement to high ability children, their families (especially parents) and all others involved in their education and welfare.
- To increase national and international awareness of high ability and the understanding of the emotional, social and educational needs of gifted and talented young people.
- To enable children from all backgrounds, including children with learning difficulties, to convert their potential into achievement.
The NAGC website is here: http://www.nagcbritain.org.uk/
Other key organisations include NACE and Villiers Park. The 10 Government-funded regional partnerships for gifted education currently plan to continue as self-funding organisations. There is also a wide range of grass-roots initiatives and individual consultants, educators and parents who are committed to advocacy and support for gifted and talented children.
One of the exciting advocacy initiatives is linked to Mr. Tim Dracup, who works as a freelance consultant in gifted and talented education and who is also a Trustee of the National Association for Gifted Children in the UK. Currently, he is part of a working group aiming to set up 'GT Voice' a new UK-wide network of organisations and individuals involved in gifted and talented education. The parties involved want to preserve the best of the developments initiated under the previous Government and foster partnership and collaboration in the years ahead. Tim Dracup’s Gifted Phoenix blog can be found here: http://giftedphoenix.wordpress.com/ The blog includes a post in English about Hungary's plans during the EU Presidency which is here http://giftedphoenix.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/hungarys-plans-to-strengthen-gt-education-across-the-eu/.There is not yet a website for GT Voice, though it will be in place by March 2011.
The biggest challenge in English talented and gifted education is to foster consensus and commitment to joint activity by the wide range of stakeholders in the field. There is an ongoing need to balance support for excellence and equity in gifted and talented education, meeting the needs of all gifted learners regardless of background.
If you would like to know more about national guidelines on talent support in the United Kingdom, most relevant documents and guidance can currently be found at