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Parents praise gifted education seminar

Tue, 06/10/2015
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Lyn Kendall with Mensa chief executive John Stevenage and Jane Benton, head teacher of the Westwood Academy

The first Mensa-Westwood Academy seminar for parents of gifted children proved a huge success.

The seminar, held at the Westwood Academy in Coventry, offered parents the chance to get advice and information about the challenge of bringing up a very bright child.

It was led by Mensa's gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall, and attended by 19 parents from across the country.

A similar event for teachers will be held on Friday November 27, and the next seminar for parents will be on February 12 2016.

Booking will open soon, check back here for full details.

All of the parents at the seminar rated it very good or excellent, with many commenting that for the first time they did not feel isolated and alone in the challenges they were facing.

The Westwood Academy is Mensa's national hub school for the education of gifted and high attaining children. Lyn Kendall is a well-known and respected expert on the subject of gifted education with a unique insight on the issues - a Mensa member herself, she has also brought up her own gifted child and is a specialist gifted & talented teacher.

Lyn is regularly called upon by the media to comment on gifted education, and is well known to television audiences as a consultant on the Channel 4 programme Child Genius.

Some of the feedback comments from the first seminar:

"We are not alone in the challenges we face"

                                                  "Knowing I'm not the only one . . . "

           "Reassuring that others have the same issues"


"Opened up a whole new world of ideas and possibilities"

                    "Eyes opened on the issues the teachers face"

          "the day met my expectations and I enjoyed the day very much"

"... meeting other parents/professionals who knew what we're experiencing"

"Sometimes we feel alone and "different" amongst our parent peers"

 "... being "normal" again - whatever that is - rather than the 'marginalised' parent with the "challenging child"