A friend just told me they had a letter from school... Dated the 9th Dec, posted 19th Dec. Aged 16 and after 11 years in formal education, 5 years at secondary school, their daughter HStar has finally been proclaimed a "gifted and talented" student.
You have to laugh or cry.
HStar's life at this school will finish in 6 months (they don't do post GCSE). She is set up for A Levels in English, History and Maths - but today she is "Gifted and Talented" for the first time in her life and is suddenly told her exceptional skills are in "Science".
HStar is of course totally perplexed.
We need to build our way out of this recession we need to encourage a skills pool for the future, but is this any way to give careers advice to the best and brightest of our next generation?