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Are we failing the brightest school pupils?

The Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw today (13 June) announced that he believed that there was a failure by state schools to nurture their brightest pupils. Ofsted has suggested that schools place more of an emphasis on developing their brightest pupils.

John Stevenage, Chief Executive of British Mensa said β€˜at Mensa we would support any initiative that gives better assistance to bright children. Gifted children should be provided with the appropriate resources to learn and achieve their potential.’

Denise Yates, Chief Executive of Potential Plus UK, a charity for gifted children, agrees that the issue is a concern but is not surprised, stating β€˜we warned the Government in 2010 when it scrapped the gifted and talented programme that this would be the result.’