About Excellence for All

'Excellence for All: A Gifted and Talented approach to whole-school improvement’ is linked to other Excellence for All (EfA) focus areas and was linked to the National Challenge Gifted and Talented project.

What is EfA?

EfA is a school improvement strategy that puts the development of Gifted and Talented education at the heart of a whole-school approach to improving provision and outcomes for all pupils. It is designed to support secondary school leaders, Gifted and Talented leading teachers, subject teachers and governors.

EfA focus areas

This resource is part of a range of EfA materials, which includes practical tools, continuing professional development and classroom resources. The materials support schools in helping to focus pupils on aiming high and achieving their best. You can find out more about them in Meeting the challenge of Excellence for All.

EfA and the National Challenge Gifted and Talented project

EfA was originally developed to support schools that were in the National Challenge Gifted and Talented project (April 2008–March 2011). This project was made up of a network of secondary schools that were committed to improving opportunities for disadvantaged gifted and talented pupils across England. All schools were part of the secondary school National Challenge programme at the start of the project.

National Challenge Gifted and Talented project objectives

The project had two clear objectives, to:

  • focus specifically on understanding and meeting the needs of a target group of disadvantaged and potential gifted and talented pupils, and to narrow the gap between their achievement and the achievement of more advantaged gifted and talented pupils
  • establish EfA by demonstrating, in schools that are working with powerful social and economic barriers to learning, that methods for improving outcomes for a target group of gifted and talented pupils will also improve achievement and progress for all pupils.

Other EfA focus areas related to the National Challenge project

There are four such focus areas, as follows.

  • The National Challenge: Raising standards, supporting schools Gifted and Talented pilot programme introduction and overview.
  • The National Challenge: Raising standards, supporting schools Gifted and Talented pilot programme user guide and element 1 – Leading and managing improvement for gifted and talented education.
  • The National Challenge: Raising standards, supporting schools Gifted and Talented pilot programme element 2 – Tracking progress of gifted and talented pupils.
  • The National Challenge: Raising standards, supporting schools Gifted and Talented pilot programme element 3 – Guidance on pedagogy for gifted and talented education.