Wed 21 January 2009, The Independent

Scheme for gifted pupils 'is a failure'

By Richard Garner
A flagship scheme was accused of failing the brightest schoolchildren, with one in seven pupils marked as gifted and talented failingto get five good GCSEs. Official figures show that 11,628 pupils on the scheme did not achieve the government benchmark of five A* to C grades, including maths and English.
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