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Not enough time to plan additional extension classes for gifted students?


  • The G&T teacher's assistant in a box!
  • Use for summer programme or weekly lessons
  • 10 one-hour fully planned and ready to use sessions
  • Opportunities to recognise and reward achievement
  • Photocopyable homework or extension challenges
  • Suggested timings and resources, includes teachers' tips and advice
  • Cross-curriculum projects, open-ended to...

By Mensa's gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall

While I would be the first to agree that all children are special and that all children deserve the very best we can give them, there are, in my opinion, certain groups of children that require specific input in order for them to reach their potential.

Those children...

Classic things for teachers to look out for, identified by Mensa's gifted child consultant, Lyn Kendall 

Sense of Humour

may be mature beyond years, odd or inappropriate

Compulsive Communicator

if you won't listen, they will talk to somebody else

Inability to sit still

fidgeting, fiddling, a master of origami

Ability to multi-task

the sort that never looks as if they...

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about gifted children. Here, Mensa's gifted child consultant, Lyn Kendall tries to separate the facts from fiction:



  • Gifted children are the product of well educated middle-class families
  • Gifted children are the product of pushy parents
  • Gifted children are so bright they will do well anyway
  • Gifted children think they are better than other children
  • Gifted...

A gifted child may display some or many of these behaviours


  • An unusual memory
  • Passing intellectual milestones early
  • Reading early
  • Unusual hobbies or interests or an in-depth knowledge of certain subjects
  • Intolerance of other children
  • An awareness of world events
  • Set themselves impossibly high standards
  • May be a high achiever
  • Prefers to spend time with adults or in solitary pursuits
  • Loves to...
  • UK parents and their children are more likely to recognise Simon Cowell than the Queen or Prime Minister
  • Six out of ten parents admit they are confused by their children’s homework
  • Parents’ general knowledge is just ahead of an average 11 year old

Parents like to think they are cleverer than their children, but research from Dorling Kindersley – publishers of the award-winning Eyewitness Guides educational books – suggests that in some subjects the...

Mensa's Gifted Child Consultant Lyn Kendall (pictured right) has come up with nine great ideas for parents to help their children get the most enjoyment out of learning


  1. Talk to them from an early age - children can understand a lot more than they can express and they develop language skills by listening to others around them. Our education system is based upon imparting knowledge using language.
  2. Listen to them - children need to develop good listening...

Mensa's Gifted Child Consultant, Lyn Allcock, took part in a Radio 4 discussion on schools' provision for gifted and talented pupils. The programme, Learning Curve, can be accessed via the BBC's 'listen again' feature by clicking here.

Lyn Allcock is Mensa's spokesman on gifted child issues and is working extensively to help the society develop its Gifted and Talented Support Programme.

For more...

Research released today by Dorling Kindersley’s Eyewitness Guides (19 July 2007) reveals that in some subjects children in the UK know more than their parents and in many others they are neck and neck.


Who’s the smartest in your family? 

More than 1,500 parents and children (aged eight-12 years) from across the UK were separately tested on the same set of ten general knowledge questions (based on national curriculum subjects taught to eight to...

Mensa – the society for people with a high IQ – is holding a one-day seminar of workshops and advice for people living and working with gifted children.

The itinerary, developed by Mensa’s Gifted Child Consultant, Lyn Allcock, includes a separate full programme of activities for the children of adults attending, fully supervised by qualified and experienced staff.

The event takes place at the Metropole Hotel, Leeds, on Saturday 8 September 2007...