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New guide is launched to help find exceptional students

By Lise Smyth

Published 16/10/2007

A new resource that will help teachers to identify children whose abilities may be exceptional has been launched.

The Gifted and Talented Pupils resource is a set of guidelines that was developed in a partnership between the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) and its southern counterparts- the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NCCA).

It is non-statutory guidance that fits across all areas of the revised curriculum.

The resource aims to support the teaching and learning of gifted and talented students.

They reflect good practice which is already taking place in schools throughout Northern Ireland and are consistent with the aims and objectives of the revised Northern Ireland curriculum.

The CCEA's officer in charge of special educational needs, Helen Miskelly, said: "Gifted and talented students can excel in a number of areas but their abilities are not always easy to see.

"This resource provides guidelines to help teachers initially identify these students so that they can be encouraged to achieve their full potential and be rewarded for it.

"Working towards developing a school ethos that raises awareness can ensure that no learner goes unnoticed.

"Working with our colleagues at the NCCA has been very beneficial in developing this resource and we hope to continue this relationship long into the future."

The education officer from NCCA, Susan Dennison, said that working in collaboration with CCEA was a great opportunity to share experiences and expertise in this area of interest.

She said: "The NCCA's Exceptionally Able Students: Draft Guidelines for Teachers is designed to raise awareness of the social, emotional and academic needs of exceptionally able students and to assist teachers in planning their teaching and learning."

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