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Schools failing to support the most able pupils - Ofsted

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A report from Ofsted released today claims that many state secondary schools are not supporting their most able pupils to reach their full potential.

Bright children who feel bored and unchallenged at school can "switch off" from the education process and fail to achieve what they are capable of.

Mensa's gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall is talking about this subject on BBC Radio Leicester this morning, and our friends at Potential Plus UK have expressed "disappointment" with the situation.

Denise Yates, chief executive of Potential Plus UK, said: "If the failure reported by Ofsted was about any other issue there would be a national outcry.

"This cannot be an issue laid at the door of schools alone, with so many teachers working hard, and with no budget, to support these children.

"But in some schools there is no focus on supporting high potential learners, little training for teachers to cope with their educational needs, and a naive belief that these children will succeed ‘no matter what’.

"Ofsted has shown that this approach is nothing short of a disaster; a patchwork of different kinds of provision, a lack of ambitious expectations and a postcode lottery for parents.

"We need a framework in place which clearly recognises best practice in schools, along with a greater understanding of how to support these children with high learning potential before it is too late."

Potential Plus UK, which was established in 1967 as The National Association for Gifted Children, has launched its own manifesto for gifted children and is asking for your support. The manifesto is available to read here