chapter  11
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Implications for theory and practice

The purpose of this chapter is to bring together the main themes that have emerged from our research. In the preceding chapters we have drawn attention to the practical implications arising from each specific case study. We thought this important in a study which has included six very different schools and two examples of out-of-school provision, even though they all had in common external ratings of them as outstanding in their provision for gifted students. Here we identify the more general ideas that arise across the cases. These are both theoretical and practical. Five issues are discussed in detail: conceptions of pedagogy; labelling a group as gifted; developing student voice; enrichment through wider schooling; teaching methods and constructivism. We then draw out some implications for teachers and school leaders.