Would anyone here be willing to share some thoughts on their school's policy and provision for G&Tpupils? We are in the process of rethinking and rewriting our policy, for our academically selective independent junior school. I've looked at the G & T forum, but would find it more helpful to hear comments from other independent schools, as by definition we have a narrower ability band than in a non-selective school, and a higher proportion of pupils at the gifted end, however you define it. How do other indie schools identify their (academically) most able? Is it via standardised test scores/teacher recommendation? And do you take the top 10% of your school population, as advised by the DfE in state schools? Or all pupils scoring in the top 10%/ 5%/ 1% nationally? In our school, over a third of pupils achieve ability test scores in the top 5%, as measured across the whole population, so we don't feel all these should be on our g&t list - rather, they ought to be being catered for via differentiated teaching in the classroom. By limiting the g&t register to pupils scoring in the top 1% nationally, we get a register with about 15% of our pupils on it, which seems more workable. And these are, by definition, very highly able pupils who do need extra challenges/enrichment. We also want to include (or rather, not to exclude), pupils who have potential but not necessarily evidence from formal test scores. And then there's the area of 'talent' - do other schools define this as sport, music, art, drama, technology etc, as opposed to academic giftedness? What are your criteria for selection here? Lots of interesting philosophical and practical issues to consider here, so thanks in advance for any comments/suggestions about how to approach this.