Friday, April 28, 2006

Another Little List

Good to see such creative use of the National Pupil Database…

Headteachers today attacked plans to draw up a national register of the brightest 11-year-olds. Education Secretary Ruth Kelly said all secondary schools in England will be given the names of the children who came in the top 5% nationally in their primary school tests.

Headteachers will be told to make sure these children fulfil their potential in their GCSEs and top universities could be encouraged to target them from an early age.

Anyway, what does brightest mean? Good at passing Key Stage Tests?


At Friday, April 28, 2006 9:48:00 PM, Anonymous sf said...

hang on, I thought this already existed? My daughter has been put on the NAGTY (National association of gifted and talented children or somesuch) database by her school and gets frequent mailings and brochures from them. She isn't keen on most of the events, we can't afford the summer schools, and just reading the literature sent a shiver down my spine and I thought it was intended to target "suitable" youngsters fom the outset. I'll see if we've kept any of the stuff that gave me that impression. But I honestly thought this was already going.

At Friday, April 28, 2006 11:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How narrow minded are these people?

At Saturday, April 29, 2006 8:09:00 AM, Blogger archrights said...

sf, I think this is different because it's specifically picking out the top 5% nationally in key stage tests at age 11. While some of the pupils may already be in the 'gifted and talented cohort' (one of the categories in the school census, this latest initiative seems to be based entirely on KS results.


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