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What does "Gifted & Talented" Mean?

"Gifted & Talented" is a term used in schools to describe children who have the potential to develop significantly beyond what is expected for their age.

"Gifted" refers to a child who has abilities in one or more academic subjects such as English or Maths. "Talented refers to a child who has skills in a practical area such as Music, Sport or Art.


A gifted child tends to:

  • develop speech and vocabulary early.
  • ask lots of questions and be very curious.
  • read early.
  • learn quickly.
  • have a good memory.
  • be good at puzzles.
  • enjoy problem solving and reasoning.

What support is available?

The National Association for Gifted & Talented Children runs a Support Network to help parents -

Here are some tips to try to support Gifted & Talented children in different subjects:

Literacy: Encourage the use of word games which promote the extension of vocabulary and grammar. Provide your child with crosswords and other literacy-based puzzles - you could even try getting them to create their own.

Maths: As with literacy, your child could try participating in mathematical games which require solving or creating puzzles. They could enter national competitions, tournaments or maths quizzes.

MFL: Provide as many opportunities as possible for your child to practice speaking, listening to and writing in the language they are learning. Penpals and exchanges are excellent ways of immersing your child in their new language and they help to consolidate learning.

History: Provide your child with a wealth of historical sources they can refer to. Take them to historical sites, visit library archives and introduce them to primary sources, such as letters, journals and documents. A great project they could work on is tracing their family tree - it will extend their research abilities, while being a topic that is of personal interest to them.

Science: Make use of the scientific opportunities in and around the home. Encourage your child to observe pond life and behaviour patterns of local wildlife. They could set up feeding tables in the garden, plant seeds, or conduct weather experiments. You could even try taking them to science lectures and science fairs to extend their learning.

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