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Fun days for bright sparks and training days for teachers!

Activity workshops for children and training seminars for teachers are again on offer as part of British Mensa's innovative partnership with the Westwood Academy. The sessions will all be held at the academy in Coventry. Activity days are separated by age, and the first three - one each for four to six-year-olds, seven to nine-year olds and 10 to 12-year-olds - are available to book now. Parents of children booked on the activity workshops are also invited to a free seminar run by Mensa's...

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

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...

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...

The National Association for Gifted Children Changes its Name

After 46 years, The National Association for Children, the child and family support charity, changed its name yesterday (4 February 2013) to Potential Plus UK. At its formal launch, held at Reed Smith in the City of London, Denise Yates, Chief Executive of the newly named organisation said: “ This new name change is a result of many hours of consultation with children and young people, parents, carers, professionals and our stakeholders about their perceptions of giftedness and their views...

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