tests devised by the school of education to encourage
gifted children have their first live run this month,
with further tests to be held next year.
tests, part of the government’s Excellence in Cities programme,
aim to identify talent in maths and problem solving, to
help raise aspirations and ensure that children with exceptional
ability are given the necessary encouragement and support.
leader Professor Diane Shorrocks-Taylor said: "The
tests are for pupils aged nine and thirteen and they seem
to really enjoy doing them. They are designed to use knowledge
the children already have, but require a high level of
insight and understanding in the way that knowledge is
project now has a strong international dimension, with
the USA and Australia among several countries running
the tests as part of an international collaboration to
raise standards in schools. Additional materials will
also be developed to support teachers in their everyday
work with talented pupils.
more information, see the world class arena website