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Mensa gifted children advice day

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 from 10am to 4pm, and costs £30 for adults, £15 for children aged 5-16, to include workshops and activities, refreshments and lunch. 


Lyn Allcock (pictured right) said: “Mensa receives thousands of calls and e-mails every year from parents and teachers looking for support relating to gifted children.

“Although the society is not in a position to offer individual counselling, we do offer practical support to teachers in the form of ready-planned lesson packs. This seminar aims to support parents and teachers as they deal with a range of complex issues day-to-day.”

A similar event was held in Birmingham earlier this year, and Mensa is planning further seminars around the UK. Feedback from the previous seminar:

'Informative and reassuring'

'Lyn explains everything very well'

'Great to meet other parents'


Lyn Allcock is a highly experienced Gifted and Talented teacher based in the West Midlands and has held the voluntary post of Gifted Child Consultant to Mensa since 2004.

She has previously organised summer schools; advised the DfEE and local education authorities on their policies; and has long worked with gifted child organisations such as Children of High Intelligence and the Mensa Foundation for Gifted Children.