My lad was put on it in year 1 for his reading which was 3-4 years ahead.
A pointless thing for middle class as if schools need to spend their precious resources on those who are not struggling
This rings true for me. Unfortunately our school had no head teacher for three years and everything got a bit rudderless and the school really went downhill. This was largely at the expense of the kids who sat outside the norm, one way or the other.
We had to move schools in the end, because it's one thing when your kid isn't being extended in their work, but it's entirely another when they start going backwards because of it.
BTW, on that subject, kid's development is not linear anyway, but in some cases it's also normal for kids to come off the Gifted and Talented register too.
For more reading on Gifted and Talented, and stuff you can do to help out, we were given contacts here:
Lastly, and from some tough experience, having gifted children isn't always a picnic. In fact having a gifted or talented kid is also having a kid with Special Needs.
Quite often there will be asynchronous development of some aspects - heightened emotion and sensitivity and,in some documented cases, even a higher sensitivity to physical pain.
Excerpt here from Silverman, 1997 which really resonated in our case:
To be gifted is to be vulnerable. To have the mental maturity of a 14-year-old, and the physical maturity of an 8-year-old poses a unique set of challenges analogous to those faced by a child with a 14-year-old body and an 8-year-old mind. Parenting a child with large
discrepancies in either direction is equally challenging; even moderate discrepancies can be daunting
We found loads of good stuff in that paper for us:
Silverman, 1997 paper.
In my son's case, his physical stuff lagged his mental, and though he's had a decent catchup in the last year or so, his fine motor skills still lack some precision. Also, his emotional development is so far ahead of his schoolmates that he had real trouble finding (and keeping) friends. They didn't "get" him for a long time - a bit of a weird kid, didn't like footy or sport, always reading and making jokes they didn't understand, and it's only really been recently (and at the new school) that he's made some proper mates.
Anyway, didn't mean to ramble on. Not all gifted kids have the downside we had, and best of British to you and for your kids in their journey.