chapter  1
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What Do We Mean by 'Very Able'?

NEGOTIATING THE MEANING: A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME?

In Excellence in Cities (1999), the DfEE refers to the top 5-10 per cent of the school population as being 'very able'. However, this definition implies that this group of learners is easily identifiable within a narrow range of academic subjects. The DfEE document also refers to 'gifted' and 'talented' pupils but the meaning of the terms is undefined. Consequently, in this chapter we will explore the wider meaning of the terms 'very able', 'gifted', and 'talented' and then you will be able to formulate and adopt a definition that suits the needs of your school.