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The DFE has announced the continuation of the Dux Award Scheme. The registration window for the scheme this opens on 28th January 2013 for two weeks.
All 24 Russell Group universities will take part in the 2013 scheme, recognising and rewarding top performance and potential in maintained secondary school pupils, and raising their aspirations.
Teachers select a Year 9 pupil as their 'Dux' (latin for champion), who is rewarded with a visit to a Russell Group university. The visits will take place in the summer term and all expenses associated with the visits (including reasonable travel and subsistence costs and teacher supply cover) will be reimbursed by the Department for Education.
Feedback from the 700 schools which participated last year was excellent. Visiting a top university helps to raise the aspirations of pupils, particularly those from less affluent backgrounds, who might otherwise be less likely to aim high.
Further information is available on the DfE website at:
Thursday March 7th 2013
The sixth Hertfordshire Gifted and Talented conference was themed around working together to deliver classroom experiences that challenge and inspire the most able pupils.
During the day, delegates were able to hear leading practitioners and experts in the field of Gifted and Talented Education, develop an understanding of how to develop approaches for G&T pupils in their school, examine resources and share good practice.
Keynote speakers were:
Dr David George, author of ‘Young Gifted and Bored’, is Founder President of the National Association for Able Children in Education. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on the education of gifted and talented children. He spoke about his ideas and experiences to challenge and excite delegates on how to identify and provide for the needs of gifted and talented pupils.
Professor Alan Smithers, author of the recent Sutton Trust report, ‘Educating the Highly Able’
'Policy and provision for the highly able in England is in a mess.'
This is the opening sentence in the report published in July which unpicks the complicated picture of G&T and makes recommendations for the future shaping of the education for the ‘highly able’.
Denise Yates, Chief Executive of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Denise shared her thoughts about developing the links between children and young people with high learning potential, their families and the provision in school. She shared examples of what works well and gave some ideas for future developments. Visit the NAGC website: www.potentialplusuk.org
Gifted and talented students may be interested in the following events run by Cambridge University:
In 2011, Cambridge Admissions Office (CAO) will be running a series of Challenge Days for Year 10 students and Masterclasses for Year 12 students. These are free events that take place on a single day in Cambridge and are provided for maintained sector schools and colleges.
Applications for 2011 have now closed.