- build on existing transition arrangements between primary and secondary schools to provide better continuity and progression in the education of more able and talented pupils;
- improve the use of data and assessment to identify, track and monitor the progress of more able and talented pupils and share this information with all staff and relevant parents;
- provide enriched opportunities and appropriately challenging provision across the curriculum for more able and talented pupils to achieve the highest standards;
- ensure that more able and talented pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds receive specific support to overcome barriers to their learning;
- provide mentoring for more able and talented pupils to help them make the best extra-curricular, option and career choices;
- train school leaders, teachers and support staff on how to address the needs of more able and talented pupils and use networks of professional practice to share best practice; and
- improve parents’ understanding of how they can better support the education of their more able or talented child.
Local authorities should:
- train school improvement officers on how to identify, support, track, monitor and evaluate the progress of more able and talented pupils; and
- use data more effectively to evaluate trends over time in the achievement of more able and talented pupils.