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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...

Applications open for the Mensa Mentoring Scheme

The deadline for the current intake has now passed. Please look out for further announcements in future. Could you mentor a Mensan? Applications are currently being taken for the Mensa Mentoring Scheme. The application may only take five minutes, but it could change someone's life. 'Gifted' children are different, and difference can be wonderful. However, it can also be isolating, baffling and unasked for. A child may find themselves unable to relate to their peers, unable to understand their...

Celebrating those who go Above and Beyond for children with potential

Adam Rafael Holmes celebrates his Above and Beyond award Amazing children and the people who help them achieve their potential were celebrated at the inaugural Above and Beyond Awards presentation at the ICC in Birmingham. The awards, backed by many organisations including British Mensa, acknowledge the teachers, parents, support staff, education settings and businesses who go the extra mile to help exceptional children and young people to fulfil their high learning potential. They also...

Smart families sought for new quiz show

The makers of a new BBC family quiz show are seeking bright contestants to take part. Production company Label 1 has created a new show which will test all aspects of intelligence - logic, reasoning, communication, memory, strategy and more. Family teams of two adults and two children aged nine to 17 are now being sought to take part. If you think your family is quick-witted, inventive, inquisitive and creative enough to take the prize, visit http://label1.tv/apply to apply. For more...

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

Talented youngsters sought for TV spotlight

Could you follow in the footsteps of young Mensan Sebastian Carrington on ITV's hit singing show The Voice Kids? The Voice Kids will be return to our screens on ITV in 2019 and the producers are looking for super talented singers and duos aged 7-14 who have what it takes to take over The Voice Kids stage. Last year, 11-year-old classical musician Sebastian made it all the way through to the televised stages of the competition. Parents can send videos of their children performing directly to...

Little ones sought for Secret Life show

The award-winning Channel 4 series The Secret Life of 4 & 5 Year Olds is returning to follow a new group of children as they play, learn and interact with other children in a nursery – and the producers are now looking for little stars to take part. Children in the programme will be observed throughout by leading scientists and psychologists, who will give insights into child development. Producers at RDF Television are looking for four and five year old children and their parents to take...

Sebastian shows star quality with musical world first

A talented young Mensan has become the youngest singer in the world to achieve a top qualification. Sebastian Carrington, 11, from Hinckley in Leicestershire, is the youngest boy treble to pass the DipABRSM (Associate of the Royal Schools of Music). Not content with passing the gruelling exam though, Sebastian also achieved an impressive distinction grade after wowing the two examiners. The diploma is the equivalent of a first year degree and involved Sebastian learning 12 pieces and performing...

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...

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