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Is your bright spark a potential Gogglesprog?

Is your bright spark articulate and not afraid to share their opinion? The makers of Gogglesprogs are looking for groups - family or friends - of bright, articulate children to take part in the Channel 4 show's Christmas special. Gogglesprogs features groups of children from up and down the country watching and reviewing a selection of programmes, clips and films. To find out more, email the producers, Studio Lambert, gogglesprogs@studiolambert.com

Film stardom beckons for bright boy

A national casting company is looking for a very bright young boy for the lead role in a new film. No acting experience is required for the the part, which is for a boy aged 11-13. The film is a comedy drama about a young child during the Second World War. Des Hamilton Casting, which is leading the search, specialises in discovering new talent and has found stars for productions such as the BBC series Gunpowder the Netflix original film War Machine, starring Brad Pitt. Application in the first...

Could your bright spark be a Child Genius?

Do you know a child who is fascinated by fossils, besotted by barometers or curious about calligraphy? The search is on for remarkable youngsters to take part in the next series of Channel 4's hit series Child Genius. Some of the country's smartest eight to 12-year-olds will battle it out through tough rounds of spelling, mental arithmetic, memory and verbal reasoning in a bid to claim the title. Mensa's gifted child consultant, Lyn Kendall, is an expert psychologist on the show and oversees...

Mayuri making most of musical fun - case study

Plenty of interests outside school is how the parents of nine-year-old Mayuri Swaminathan are coping with their own bright spark. Music, singing and martial arts give Mayuri something to focus on and counter some of the boredom she feels in class when set work that is too easy for her. Her father, Janardhan, 39, advised parents to look for the “extras” a school could offer, and not just its exam results. He said: “Keeping Mayuri occupied in music helps her to improve her social skills, as most...

Choosing a school for your bright spark - advice for parents

It’s that time of year when parents of 10 and 11-year-olds are faced with the million dollar question – which secondary school to choose? It’s a difficult decision for all parents, but those with particularly bright children can find themselves agonising over what’s best. Mensa offers advice and support to parents coping with children who are often “square pegs” in the education system. Lyn Kendall, British Mensa’s gifted child consultant, said: “Modern schooling was developed at the peak of...

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