Resource Area :: Gifted and Talented :: Guidance and toolkits
Identifying gifted and talented learners - getting started. DCSF. Revised May 2008
This guidance from the DSCF starts from the principle that there is no one tool with which to identify gifted and talented individuals. It encourages schools and colleges to use a 'best fit' model and draw upon a range of qualitative and quantitative elements. The guidance also promotes a cyclical process of identification and review rather than a one-off process. The document is available
Youth Sport Trust - Talent Identification Model
The Youth Sport Trust have developed an interactive model to assist with talent identification. It focuses on physical, social, personal, cognitive and creative abilities; identifying talented individuals as those who excel in one or more of these areas.
Further information is available
Helping to find and support children with dual or multiple exceptionalities. DCSF. 2008.
This guidance booklet provides an overview of tools and approaches that are more appropriate in helping to identify children with dual or multiple exceptionalities. It then goes on to discuss support options providing details of approaches adopted by schools.
The booklet is available
B. Teaching and learning
In line with the Quality Standards all DCSF guidance is centred on five components of personalised learning as depicted below.
Effective Provision for Gifted and Talented Children in Primary Education. DCSF. 2008.
Based upon the Institutional Quality Standards this booklet sets out the general principles for primary schools to follow in order to plan and deliver effective provision for gifted and talented learners. It provides guidance for headteachers, senior managers, leading teachers and governors on the expectations of schools for gifted and talented provision and sets out the range of support and resources which are available through the national programme for gifted and talented education. The booklet is available
Effective Provision for Gifted and Talented Children in Secondary Education. DCSF. 2008
This booklet was produced for schools and colleges providing education for 11-19 year olds. It aims to provide advice and guidance for headteachers, senior managers, leading teachers and governors to support the planning and delivery for whole-school approaches to gifted and talented education provision. The booklet is available
Guidance on preventing underachievement: a focus on exceptionally able pupils. DCSF. 2008
The booklet highlights the main issues to be discussed and addressed in preventing the underachievement of pupils with exceptional abilities. It contains guidance, references for further study and short illustrations of effective school strategies. The primary audience is senior and middle leaders, and leading teachers for gifted and talented education, but it also provides a useful reference tool for all teachers and support staff. The booklet is available
In addition to the overall guidance on preventing underachievement the DCSF has produced further guidance relating to groups who may be especially vulnerable to underachievement. These include children and young people in care and those with double or multiple exceptionalities (DME).
Guidance on preventing underachievement: a focus on children and young people in care. DCSF. 2007.
This information is available
Guidance on preventing underachievement: a focus on dual or multiple exceptionality (DME). DFES. 2007.
This information is available
Enrichment Activities for Gifted Children
This resource pack contains enrichment activities which build upon the National Curriculum. Focused upon secondary level pupils the materials can be adapted for primary level and KS5. The resource pack is available for sale only. A more detailed overview of the materials is available on the YGT website
C. Leadership and management
Handbook for leading teachers for gifted and talented education. DCSF. 2008.
This handbook provides practical guidance to support leading teachers in taking forward effecting approaches to support engagement and achievement of gifted and talented pupils. The handbook is accompanied by a number of resource materials, including planning templates, questions and prompts on issues such as underachievement and provision for children in care. The handbook is available
Gifted and Talented Coordinator's Handbook
This handbook provides information for Coordinators, including modules on whole of school approaches; identification, differentiation, acceleration and personalised learning; and further research and resources. The handbook is available for purchase only. A more detailed review is available on the YGT website
The Institutional Quality Standards
The Institutional Quality Standards were developed as a self-assessment tool for schools to audit and develop their gifted and talented provision. The Institutional Quality Standards (IQS) are a management tool designed to provide a benchmark for auditing effective provision for gifted and talented student. They are designed for use by leading teachers and managers at a whole school level.
The IQS Matrix
The IQS User Guide
The IQS are also supported by an online user guide available on the YGT website here.
The Classroom Quality Standards
The Classroom Quality Standards (CQS) are a tool to help teachers and teaching assistants to assess and then support development of successful teaching and learning strategies to engage and improve achievement of gifted and talented pupils. The tool is available
Study Support: A national framework for extending learning opportunities. 2006
Split into three sections, this framework is intended for those working in Children's Services and senior leadership teams within schools. The document aims to place study support within the Every Child Matters agenda, emphasising the role that extended services can play in raising pupil achievement and engagement. The document is available
Youth Sport Trust - assessment tool
The Youth Sport Trust has developed an assessment tool with which both teachers and students can undertake an audit of talent development practices. The tool covers areas of identification, subject knowledge, teaching and learning, planning, assessment, social and emotional needs, classroom ethos, resources, engagement with parents and the community, and monitoring and evaluation. Further details can be found
Youth Sport Trust - policy development tool
The Youth Sport Trust offers guidance on developing a school policy on talented education, relating to PE and sports development. This includes resource sheets to prompt discussion on rationale, identification strategies and teaching and support processes. The website also offers examples of policies. Further details can be found
Using data to help discover your covert G&T learners and your underachievers
TThe Young Gifted and Talented (YGT) website includes some tools to enable teachers, students and parents to make better use of data to identify underachievement. This includes free software that can be used by schools and colleges. Further details can be found