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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...

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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