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|Helpline Calls go through the Roof!|
| Calls to the helpline run by the National Association for Gifted (NAGC) went through the roof in November. The national charity took an average of 28 calls a day, despite having had its funding for the service cut completely in March of this year.
Although the charity also gives guidance and advice to teachers and other professionals, most of the calls were from parents and carers of children ranging in age from pre-school to post 16 and focused on concerns about their children's education and general well being. NAGC specialises in the support of parents and carers when dealing with the social and emotional needs of children with high learning potential.
Denise Yates, NAGC's Chief Executive, comments: "A logical consequence of the government pulling out of national support for gifted and talented children is that people have nowhere to go for help and advice when they have issues. We warned the government of this twelve months ago and we are warning the government of this now. Get your act together Mr Gove and tell us that you believe they should be supported. It is not that children with high learning potential have no needs; it is that their needs are different. What are you going to do?"