Memorandum submitted by CfBT Education
As an experienced education service provider
to governments worldwide CfBT understands the political environments
in which national programmes develop and change. We also understand
the practical implications of these changes and provide flexible
design and delivery mechanisms to meet the needs of our clients.
In the case of the YG&T programme we are
acutely aware of the tension between the competing claims of excellence
for some and equity for all. In designing and delivering the YG&T
programme for the DCSF we have sought to increase access (City
GATES) and provide challenge and stretch (Learner Academy).
The programme has engaged with almost 340,000
G&T learners over three years. In addition we have designed
and developed a programme of support for City Challenge schools
and learners with the particular focus of supporting learners'
progression to good universities. To date 3,042 attendees have
benefited from this programme.
We are disappointed that we shall no longer
be working with the DCSF in the direct delivery of the Government's
G&T policy but we believe that the successful legacy of our
YG&T programme can be built upon for future learners.
CfBT drew on its own empirical research and
broad delivery experience in designing and delivering the YG&T
programme. We shall continue to build upon and develop this far-reaching
evidence for the benefit of all learners.
This document details CfBT's design and delivery
of the YG&T programme and its successes which I hope the Committee
finds useful in its examination of the programme.
This timeline shows major events and activities
in the YG&T programme from its inception with CfBT to closure
|Bid for NPGATE contract
|Management of NPGATE programme commences
|Expressions of interest and tendering for suppliers to the new Learner Academy
May to Aug 07
|Transition from NAGTY to YG&T. Pilot planned for CfBT-designed credits scheme
|Soft launch of YG&T at World Conference for Gifted & Talented Education (Warwick University)
|YG&T website launched
|Welcome letter to all former NAGTY members. DCSF concludes credit scheme cannot go ahead
|Catalogue of "out-of-classroom" provision available on website
|Appointment of National Champion for G&TJohn Stannard
|Strategic Thinking Forum established
|CfBT asked to design City GATES Programme working with City Challenge areas Greater Manchester, London and the Black Country
|CfBT asked to design a National Register and Online Analysis Tool
|Schools-led membership launchedvalidation of membership by teaching staff
|City GATES programme initiated
|Major communications campaigninformation pack to heads of all maintained schools, stock of programme membership packs to all LA G&T leads
|National Register consultations with teacher focus groups and LAs
|City GATES pilot commences
|YG&T information pack to heads of Independent schools
|City GATES programme launched in London & Greater Manchester
|CfBT recruits full-time Regional Coordinators for each of the City Gates areas
|YG&T magazines for learners launched
|City GATES programme launched in the Black Country
|Launch of YG&T competition for G&T lead teachers
|Eco Builder online learning tool for KS3 launched
|YG&T promoted at BETT, England's largest education technology show
|City GATES networking events for G&T leads held in the Black Country and Greater Manchester
|National Register launched
|YG&T website refreshed with new Primary and Secondary pages
|Funding for second round of commissioning withdrawn
|Professional team given notice of redundancy
|City GATES Needs Analysis Tool improved
|CfBT given notice of YG&T contract termination
|YG&T Online Study Groups and Discussion Forums closed
|John Stannard speech about the "New Direction" at London Regional Partnership conference
|City GATES networking event for G&T leads held in London
|City GATES programme DVD launched
|Decision to discontinue YG&T magazines
|National Register Online Analysis Tool launched
|City GATES Progression Academy packs sent to schools
|City GATES newsletter "Make your Mark" launched
|City GATES Parents' Booklet launched
|YG&T transition programme began
|CfBT made aware that City Gates and Progression Academies will cease 31 March 2010
|YG&T consultation process for programme closure began
|Notice of programme closure posted to YG&T website
|Website closed 12 Feb
| Online Needs Analysis Tool no longer available
| National Register no longer available
| Online booking for Progression Academies no longer available
|Last Progression Academy takes place on 26 March
|Helpline closes 29 March
|YG&T Programme closes 31 March
CfBT Education Trust was contracted by the Department for
Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to design and deliver the
Young, Gifted and Talented (YG&T) programme, formerly referred
to as the National Programme for Gifted and Talented education
(NPGATE), in 2007.
The Government's procurement of its gifted and talented provision
came at the end of the University of Warwick's contract to deliver
the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY).
The new YG&T programme was very different to that previously
delivered through NAGTY and aimed to provide opportunities for
those children and young people aged 4-19 identified as gifted
and talented in order to deepen and develop their knowledge, understanding
and skills in the areas in which they excel and support them in
reaching the limits of their potential.
The YG&T programme consisted of two particular strands:
A Core Programme based on an interactive website,
the Learner Academy. G&T pupils would be included on a National
Register. They would each have a modest "credit" to
spend on services.
Regional Partnerships and Excellence Hubs, incorporating
groups of HE institutions.
The central element of the core programme delivery was the
Learner Academy the "virtual academy"an online
resource and access point for workshops and courses for learners,
teachers and providers delivering a programme of G&T accredited
activities designed to aid progression and encourage self-motivation.
The Ministerial Task Force set CfBT a target of recruiting
250,000 members to the Learner Academy. And, despite active marketing
to recruit members being stopped in September 2009 membership
of the Learner Academy stands at 229,854 learners. An additional
107,000 former NAGTY members also have been transferred to the
Since November 2008 there have been more than 1.9 million
visitors to the Learner Academy. Almost 0.5 million of these have
been accessing secondary resources and a further 300,000 accessing
primary resources. The most popular resources have been the secondary
and primary home pages, discussion forums and the Classroom and
Institutional Quality Standards tools.
Through the Learner Academy there were:
15 online study groups.
10 moderated discussion forums.
Feedback through the forums and faculty cafés shows
that both were highly regarded by learners as places to meet and
share ideas with other like-minded young people. These online
facilities were discontinued in June 2009.
Access to opportunities is also available through:
82 accredited providers covering all curriculum subjects,
both academic and vocational, including arts and sports delivered
on a local, regional and national basis.
431 events in 2009 with 29,588 places made available
by these providers for learners.
From September 2008 a termly primary and secondary magazine
were produced for learners available through the Learner Academy
and in hard copy on request. These magazines stopped publication
at the end of the summer term 2009.
There are 10 Regional Partnerships, one in each of the nine
government regions and one to cover rural areas. They are a consortium
of local authorities who receive funding from the YG&T programme
in order to create provision at a local and regional level.
The North East Regional Partnership offered 10 events
for 300 Year 1-6 pupils in seven different venues.
West Midlands continue to develop their highly successful
Publishing House Me website for learners to showcase and critique
each other's work.
The YG&T Helpline provided an informed point of contact
for all stakeholders (learners, parents, teachers, providers,
etc) to feedback and ask questions. Since September 2007 there
have been more then 44,000 contacts with the Helpline by telephone
The YG&T programme also funded and facilitated a wide
number of partnerships supporting gifted and talented learners
Teach First (Higher Education Access ProgrammeHEAPS).
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) contributed
to the development of the parental booklet for City GATES and
supported parent enquiries through the YG&T website.
National Association for Able Children in Education
(NACE)developed the City GATES Needs Analysis Tool.
Centre for Urban Education (CUE), Manchester Metropolitan
Universityestablished and managed a series of "Focus"
groups and "Action Research" teams.
Crelosproviding tutors and tutor training for
Social Mobility Foundation (SMF)delivering
pre-internship inductions, internships and mentoring initially
in law, to 50 learners (starting November 2007) initially in London
and now nationally.
University of Wolverhamptonto provide a Regional
Coordinator for City GATES in the Black Country.
When the DCSF decided that the national credit scheme could
not go ahead, an attempt was made to retain the concept of an
individual credit scheme for a more targeted and limited group.
CfBT designed City GATES which became part of the wider City Challenge
Programme focused on breaking the cycle of disadvantage and educational
underachievement in three areas: London, the Black Country and
City GATES began in September 2008 and aims to:
Increase aspirations amongst G&T learners aged
14-19 (Yrs 10-13) in the three areas.
Increase progression to higher education (particularly
to the most competitive universities and courses).
Narrow the attainment gap for students from challenging
Ensure every educational institution has a Higher
The cornerstone of the City GATES programme is the provision
of a £400 scholarship for each pupil identified as G&T
from a disadvantaged background (eligible for Free School Meals).
CfBT was set a target of reaching 1,500 learners and during 2009-10
£630,800 was given in scholarships which equates to 1,577
learners in 322 schools.
These scholarships have been spent on:
Progression Academy workshops.
University access programmes.
Materials, books and local activities.
Mentoring, coaching and subject specific tuition.
Travel and accommodation expenses.
Schools and learners have commented that scholarships have
made a substantial difference to quality of lives, aspirations
To date, City GATES has worked with 47 local authorities
in total: 33 in London, four in the Black Country and 10 in Greater
The Online Needs Analysis Tool is available through the Learner
Academy for all G&T learners to indentify their strengths
and weaknesses and areas for development to enable them to apply
for university. 4,000 learners have used the tool since September
2008. Access to the Online Needs Analysis Tool ceased on 12 February
Progression Academies provide out of school provision providing
intense focused tutoring and mentoring in a range of skills including
motivation, critical thinking, independent learning, communication
and social skills to support progression to university. The first
one ran in January 2009 and to date 195 workshops, based on a
series of 10 modules, with 3,042 learners attending and 167 schools
engaged, have been delivered. Some modules will not be delivered
as they were scheduled for summer 2010 and Progression Academies
will stop in March 2010.
As a result of attending Progression Academies:
97% of learners feel more motivated.
97% of learners feel more ambitious.
94% of learners feel more inclined to try for a place
City GATES has established and embedded links with universities
in each of the Challenge areas through Regional Coordinators who
focus on embedding City GATES in schools, and direct G&T leads
to bespoke provision in their area. Regional Coordinators are
able to respond to individual needs. CfBT employed four Regional
It is too early for a summative evaluation of City GATES
however evidence and feedback suggests that the programme is having
a significant impact.
The YG&T programme funds nine Excellence Hubs (in the
nine government regions) which are partnerships of 36 universities
who are working with local authorities and schools across their
regions. They deliver resources and support for G&T learners
in the form of out-of-school master-classes, residential summer
schools, workshops and university visits aimed to challenge and
inspire G&T learners.
In 2009-10 the Excellence Hubs will deliver services, events
and mentoring to approximately 43,500 G&T learners in primary,
secondary and further education.
|½ day workshop on quantum mechanics
|Science workshop and lab activity
|1 day Shakespeare workshop
|Fibonacci fun day
|1 day art masterclass
|6 day summer school for five subjects
FE6th Form Y12 & 13
|3 day art and design summer school
|5 day science summer school
|Spectroscopy and synthesis
|Polymer chemistry and nanotechnology
Anecdotal evidence indicates that in some areas the Excellence
Hubs have been highly successful:
Some universities are receiving up to 10% of applications
from local young people.
Significantly enhanced relationships between schools
Universities have become more responsive to schools'
needs, doubling opportunities in the last three years.
Schools and local authorities have welcomed targets
towards children in care and receiving free school meals.
Teachers are clear that universities can enhance support
for G&T pupils, by exposing them to challenging academic environments
and new ideas.
Research shows the significant contribution universities
can make to nurturing bright pupils particularly those facing
The National Register was developed as part of the YG&T
core programme and is a database of information about schools
and learners identified as being G&T within any given local
As part of the National Register an online analysis tool
was developed, which enables local authorities to make year-on-year
comparisons and analyses by phase, gender, ethnicity and FSM which
informs G&T provision planning. The National Register is regularly
used by schools and local authorities for reporting, planning
and monitoring the G&T cohort. In 2009 more than 12,000 visitors
used the facility.
This element of the programme was later replaced by City GATES. Back