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Are you bringing up a gifted child?

There are just a couple of places left for a special workshop for parents bringing up a gifted child. Mensa's gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall is holding a special day-long event for parents at the Westwood Academy in Coventry on October 2. Lyn - who has experienced gifted education from the perspective of child, parent and teacher - will talk about identifying gifted children, education and parental support, and some of the facts and fiction surrounding giftedness. There are just a few...

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...

Chess star Sharon earns Child Genius title

Chess champion Sharon Daniel has beaten off some of the cleverest youngsters in Britain to win this year’s Child Genius title. Sharon, 11, from Bolton, won the trophy at the end of the second series of the Channel Four competition, backed by British Mensa. The independent learner beat eight year old Tudor Mendel-Idowu in the tense head to head finale of the four part series. Sharon is the current under-11 UK girl’s chess champion, and she chose the Battle of Stamford Bridge as her specialist...

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