Bewildered, what was the training course on G and T about if it did not cover the purpose of a school putting together a register of G and T pupils? I am intrigued!
It was a governor training course. We were told about it, and were asked to debate pro's and con's. No real decision was reached. We had quite a few parents against it, and against any 'extra' treatment for the more able, as, in their view, it would take time away from the rest of the class.
The training staff did mention that 'The able' (I don't like the term G&T either), were considered a minority group just like EAL, or Sen. Implying that their needs needed to be met too. But I don't think they managed to get their message across to everyone.
As teachers already constantly assess the children, they are aware of each child's capabilities. The only positives that I can remember, were that talented children, i.e those good at activities such, as piano, tennis, chess, ballet, sport etc. which are mostly done out of school, were made aware to the staff.
It was interesting to learn, that children could be put on, but later on taken off, and then put on again. As each child progresses at different rates. They may suddenly speed up, plateau, then speed up again. I can now see why parents aren't informed, as the school would constantly be trying to justify, their reasoning.
As a parent I know, I've been frustrated at the stand the school takes, and really would of liked to know if my child was considered to be in the top 5%-10% when initially considering the 11+, just to help know that putting him forward for the 11+ was the right decision. But now I understand a bit more about the schools position.
The whole thing is another government initiative, but I still don't see it's value, as just a list.