Useful Web Sites
A guide to useful online resources and information on gifted and talented for teachers, students, parents and carers.
Research and Learning
Teachers Media videos
- Excellence East - a website specifically for the Gifted and Talented community in East Anglia. If you are a Gifted and Talented student or a parent, carer or teacher of a Gifted and Talented young person, this website will tell you all you need to know about Excellence East.
- London Gifted and Talented - Offers continuing professional development, resources and consultancy to improve the quality of gifted and talented teaching and learning. Good variety of multimedia teaching and learning resources largely developed by London schools.
- International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) - IGGY is a network for gifted teenagers (13-19 year olds) in the UK and internationally, based at the University of Warwick.
- NACE - The
National Association for Gifted Children in Education. An independent education organisation which aims to support teachers in getting the best from able, gifted and talented pupils in the everyday classroom, whilst enabling all pupils to flourish. This site includes extensive information on conferences, resources, publications and plenty of examples of good practice
- Oxford Brookes University/Westminster Institute of Education - Professional development materials on gifted and talented provision including comprehensive guidelines for identification, monitoring and provision. Top institution for those seeking further qualifications in the area of G&T.
- Dialogue Works
An education and training organisation for Philosophy for Children, critical and creative thinking.
- World Class Arena - An international initiative designed to identify and assess gifted and talented students around the world. It was devised by Department for Education and Skills (DfES), and Arena items have been trialled by teachers and students in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US. At the heart of World Class Arena are World Class Tests in mathematics and problem solving aimed at nine and 13 year-olds.
Research and Learning
Programmes of learning based on preferred learning styles developed by Colin Rose.
Designing and Managing MCQs: Appendix C: MCQs and Bloom's Taxonomy
- Brunel Able Children's Education Centre - Britain’s first university based Professional Development and Research Centre looks at the best ways to educate the gifted and talented. Professional Development courses for teaching staff, MAs, plenty of teaching resources and a comprehensive links section.
The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard
Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the
traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited.
Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for
a broader range of human potential in children and adults.
to Howard Gardner and the Theory of Multiple Intelligences
on Multiple Intelligences
Books by Howard Gardner, author of The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI)
Robert Fisher is a teacher, researcher and writer on teaching thinking and creativity. A selection of his papers are available on this web site.
Skills Vocabulary and Definitions
Can thinking skills be taught? Perhaps, but there is no question that they
can be learned. Thinking skills are one of the most important, yet inadequately
implemented areas of the curriculum. This site lists vocabulary and the definitions
are intended to help the prospective teacher sort out the various thinking
skills and terminology associated with curriculum and instructional decision
There is a growing body of information available on the internet for
parents and carers about gifted and talented pupils. Amongst the many useful information,
support and advice sites are the following:
- Excellence East - a website specifically for the Gifted and Talented community in East Anglia. If you are a Gifted and Talented student or a parent or carer of a Gifted and Talented young person, this website will tell you all you need to know about Excellence East.
- Potential Plus (formerly the
National Association for Gifted Children) (GB)
Potential Plus recognises that the needs of gifted children
are best met when parents, students, education professionals,
schools and colleges are able to share a common forum and
gain wider understanding of home/school issues.
Tomorrow’s Achievers Educational Trust provides specialist day and residential masterclasses for gifted children in many parts of the country.The courses cover a wealth of different topics - science, technology, maths, philosophy, literature and the arts - in ways which involve and challenge the most able students. Visit their web site
to find out more and about the Masterclasses they
- National Association
for Gifted Children (USA)
NAGC is a non-profit organization of parents, teachers, educators, community
leaders and other professionals who unite to address the unique needs of
all children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those
who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational
The following videos were part of a week of programmes in February 2009 on Teachers TV (now defunct) exploring how schools cater for their most able and talented pupils. The videos are still available on the Teachersmedia website (2011>) :
Gifted and Talented Pupil Voice: Lucy
Lucy is part of a small group of pupils who make up the research group at Tipton St John Primary school in Exeter. They conducted a study into learning across the school and analysed responses to their questionnaires as part of the school’s pupil voice project to improve provision for gifted and talented pupils.
Lucy takes us through the findings of the group and talks about how the research work itself has been stretching for them. She shows us the way the school has taken on board the views of its gifted and talented pupils and some of the changes they have made, from more pair work in class to ‘Think Days’ across the school.
Exeter Deaf Academy
Jamie is a deaf pupil at Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education - and is also a gifted and talented student. He tells us in his own words, in British Sign Language, how his school has listened to pupils like himself and taken on board the particular needs that gifted and talented deaf students have.
From vertical learning groups to improving the experiences that deaf students have with partner hearing schools, Jamie and his peers have made a significant contribution to their school’s provision for gifted and talented deaf students.
Teaching Award winner, Jonny Heeley inspires a group of gifted and talented KS2 pupils with an active lesson about Decimals. Jonny uses a variety of games and challenges which excite and entertain, providing Maths teachers with some concrete and accessible ways to teach students all about Decimals.
Jonny Heeley inspires a group of gifted and talented KS2 pupils with an active lesson about Polygons. Jonny uses a variety of games and challenges which excite and entertain, providing Maths teachers with some concrete and accessible ways to teach students all about Polygons.