§ 47. Mr. Neil Thorne
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has plans for helping gifted children to reach their full potential in the education system.
§ Dr. Boyson
All schools should provide for the full range of ability of their pupils, and the needs of the most 117W able pupils should be met wherever they may be. Many local education authorities already make special provision for gifted children, and my Department is sponsoring research in this field. We have also established the assisted places scheme to give able children a wider range of educational opportunity and we have expanded the scheme of support for pupils with outstanding talent in music and ballet.