Gifted children in Welsh schools will be given special support, Education Minister Jane Davidson will announce today.
It is hoped the policy will see the brightest children in Welsh schools being given the help they need to reach their full potential.
The Minister is expected to tell delegates at the Able and Talented Pupils in Wales Conference in Llandrindod Wells that the brightest children need additional aid.
But teachers' leaders last night warned that the £50,000 being put into helping gifted children was not enough.
Ms Davidson will say that it is the task of everyone in Wales to develop an education system that matches the potential of 'all our children and young people'.
The schools inspectorate Estyn will be told to monitor and evaluate the provision for talented and more able pupils in Wales.
And the Education Minister will promise to examine the possibility of universities in Wales becoming involved in teaching the brightest children.
Ms Davidson will stress the need for a consistent approach across Wales in meeting the needs of children.
She is expected to say, 'Schools that have already been through the quality standards process show that their effect is far reaching and affects all pupils - raising standards on a whole school basis.'
The money will go towards funding training of Welsh assessors for the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE).
It will also mean schools in Wales will be able to access the self-evaluation part of NACE's website, which is normally available only after a fee is paid by each school.
Rhys Williams, of the NUT Cymru, gave a guarded welcome to the announcement and said, 'We think equality of opportunity is important, and that doesn't rule out excellence.
'If you think of all the different walks of life in Wales - from the arts to science - we have got a level of excellence in all these areas.
'We need to celebrate that excellence, it helps other people to aspire to improve and get on and progress.
'The £50,000 does not sound a great deal of money, but it is symbolic.'
Geraint Davies, Regional Official (Policy) for Wales for the NASUWT, called on the Assembly Government to put more money into helping talented youngsters.
He said, 'I would go along with the concept that a large number of able and talented pupils do have special needs and those talents need to be fully nurtured and supported in our schools.
'Any extra funding has to be welcomed, what is important is that we need to give every pupil in Wales the best opportunity in life.'
Mr Davies called on the Assembly Government to ensure the policy is backed up with funding over the coming years.
'Sadly, £50,000 is just a gesture in this day and age,' he said.
'It will hardly enhance the learning opportunities for many children - it's the equivalent of two full-time, young teachers.
'It will not go far. We have heard so much about schemes coming from the Welsh Assembly Government too many of which have withered on the vine for the simple reason that these good ideas have not been supported with the necessary funding.'
Tir-y-Berth Primary School near Caerphilly is the first school in Wales to achieve a Challenge Award for Able (Gifted) and Talented Pupils from NACE.
The school was given the award because of its work in 'challenging all pupils, including those with high abilities to achieve their best'.