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World Council for Gifted & Talented Children Comes to UK to Explore English Gifted Education Model

The National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) is to host the 2007 Conference for the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC).

NAGTY's 48,000 gifted young people are leading the government's drive to implement the "English Model" for educating gifted and talented children. There is considerable international interest in the success of this model in embedding and supporting gifted and talented education in every school. This personalised learning in the mainstream system not only helps the gifted and talented pupils but helps individual schools raise their expectations.

The highly prestigious 5 day conference will be held in and around the University of Warwick in the summer of 2007. Policy makers, researchers and teachers from across the globe will attend the event at which NAGTY will showcase the excellent work being undertaken in England on gifted and talented education

The international interest in the "English Model" isn't confined to how schools work with NAGTY. The 2007 conference delegates will share the considerable international interest in how NAGTY and the "English Model" has closely engaged with Universities. Over 30 UK universities have leapt at the chance to provide opportunities for school-aged gifted and talented pupils through a special partnership with NAGTY - the NAGTY/HE Gateway.

Director of the Academy, Professor Deborah Eyre said: "We are delighted that we have been chosen to host the 2007 conference for the World Council and even more delighted that this will provide us with an opportunity to showcase the English model of gifted and talented education to an acutely interested international audience of policy makers, researchers and educators. We are looking forward to playing a key role in an ensuring that gifted children and educators of gifted children internationally can access the very best professional and policy practice."

Further Information:

For interview opportunities please contact Alison Rowan, Press Officer on 024 76 574905 or 07876 218130.

The National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth was set up by government, at the University of Warwick, to improve provision for gifted and talented children and young people up to the age of 19 years, and to provide guidance, advice and development for teachers. It is the centre of expertise for gifted education in England.

The National Academy's funding comes from the DfES and also the private sector through successful partnerships with businesses, charitable trusts and individuals. Our ability to meet the full scope and scale of need is contingent on the support we receive.

 The Academy is grateful to the following for their commitment and support:

Gatsby Technical Education Projects
The Goldman Sachs Foundation
National Grid Transco

 The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is a non-profit international organisation, dedicated to the needs of gifted and talented children throughout the world. Established in 1977 as a representative worldwide organisation, their headquarters are presently located in Los Angeles, California.

To see the  University of  Warwick's International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) visit