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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...

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...

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...

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...

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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