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How to spot the Bright Spark in your class

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 are paying attention, but then gets high marks in tests

Poor handwriting

classic case of the hand not being able to keep up with the brain

Leader rather than follower

hates to be one of the crowd

Does well in tests but class work less impressive

bright children tend to have excellent memories

Questions everything

including the teacher. Awkward questions a speciality!

Unusual hobbies or interests

may have a vast and detailed knowledge of something unexpected

Hates to lose or be wrong

will refuse to take part rather than risk failure

Difficulty in making or maintaining friendships

potential friendship group is smaller



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.


Mensa also offers a Schools IQ Testing programme.