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Essex small children both more gifted and more talented than Hertfordshire small children

Or so it would seem, judging from a brace of written answers:

Mr. Newmark: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Braintree constituency and (ii) Essex have a gifted and talented register

and

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire have a gifted and talented register

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The following table shows the number and proportion of gifted and talented pupils attending primary and secondary schools in..Essex and Hertfordshire and England according to the summer 2008 School Census



Primary
Secondary
Essex 10195 9.70% 10275 11.50%
Herts 7159 7.80% 12142 15.20%
England 347,400 8.40% 454770 14.20%

All of my primary and secondary schooling took place in God's Own County, so the figures for primary education are quite encouraging. However, the dramatic increases in percentages of G&T children at 11 are a bit curious. Are the children of Welwyn and St Albans force-fed fish during the summer holiday of the year that they leave primary education?

Knowing a few teachers, I always approach the DSCF's definition of 'gifted and talented' with a couple of truckloads of salt, not that I was going to let that get in the way of a blog post. As a footnote, I derive far too much amusement from knowing that 'gift' is also the German word for poison.

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