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Gifted & Talented

One of Mensa's core aims is to 'identify and foster human intelligence'. With that in mind, the board of British Mensa appointed a gifted child consultant and established the Mensa Gifted and Talented Support Programmes, to assist educators in their work with gifted young people and to support young members and their families.

British Mensa has about 1,500 members under the age of 18. They are full members of the society, and are offered the same range of benefits as adult members -  magazines and newsletters, special interest groups and social events. They are encouraged to join their own special interest group - Junior & Teen SIG - and some regional groups may organise family friendly events such as days out, walks, or games afternoons.

In addition, our gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall works with Mensa to create support programmes and events for people living and working with gifted children.

To watch the ITV Central News series Bright Sparks, which examined some of the issues around being and bringing up gifted children, click here.

Identifying Gifted Children

Mensa's G&T advice leaflet offers information and advice about gifted children, as well as details of other organisations which can help, and further reading on the subject.

Check out our special Gifted and Talented advice articles such as Gifted Children - a checklist for parents

The Mensa Supervised IQ Test is suitable for children aged over ten and a half years. Younger children should be assessed by an educational psychologist to find out their IQ score - your local health authority or education authority can help you to find professionals in your area. They can then apply by providing Prior Evidence.

Gifted & Talented Advice

Support for Gifted Children

Teacher support initiatives are organised by Lyn Kendall, who has extensive G&T teaching experience teacher as well as being a qualified psychologist. She has organised gifted and talented summer schools, advised the DfEE and local education authorities on their policies and has long worked with gifted children organisations.

Workshops for teachers are always very popular - look out on the website for details of future events.