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University of Warwick Hosts International Event for Experts in Gifted and Talented Education


On 5 August this year the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children will hold its 17th Biennial World Conference at the University of Warwick, England.

Over 900 delegates from across the globe will be visiting the University of Warwick, home of the world renowned National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY), to attend this key event for those specializing in the education of gifted and talented children and young people.

The first ever World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Conference was held in London in 1975. The brainchild of Englishman Henry Collis, it was instrumental in establishing this on-going international collaboration. It returns to England 32 years later as a result of a successful bid by NAGTY at the University of Warwick , supported with funding of up to £150,000 from the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Professor Eyre, Director of NAGTY, Chair of the 17th Biennial World Conference said,” We are delighted that so many of our colleagues from around the world are joining us and look forward to presenting to them the English Model of gifted and talented education. England has some of the most innovative provision for gifted and talented children and is unusual in providing for gifted children in mainstream classrooms as well as through out-of-hours programmes. ”

Sixty Nine countries are represented at the conference and keynote speakers come from China. Finland, USA, China, South Africa, Russia and, of course, the United Kingdom.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick, Professor Nigel Thrift, said: “The University of Warwick is always delighted to host international events such as this World Conference, which attract such a diverse range of academics and education professionals all keen to share their knowledge and expertise. I am sure that this conference will prove to be thought-provoking and challenging and that it will not only provide a valuable opportunity to stimulate debate with our peers and colleagues from across the globe but also be a great catalyst for international collaboration.”Schools Minister Andrew Adonis said:

“The failure to nurture talent is a terrible waste. The Government is committed to driving up attainment and making the most of every child’s capabilities. Gifted and Talented education drives improvement in the education system as a whole, offering every child the chance to excel.

“This conference – the first to be held in England in 32 years – is a great opportunity to celebrate our success. It is also a chance for us to work together and combine our knowledge across different countries. Successfully nurturing our most gifted and talented young people not only makes them individually higher achieving and happier but drives our economies and success as countries as a whole. “The introduction of a new Learner Academy on 1 September marks an exciting new development in the Gifted and Talented programme.”


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