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Think at Cobh

Who is facilitating the discussions? All speakers are drawn from our own members. Could this be called a Tour de Force of Irish Mensa? Dr Simon Woodworth will lead a discussion on the philosophy of science, logic, fallacies and whether there is a an onus on Mensans always to be scientific and rational. This 90-minute session is punctuated by 3 short 15-minutes talks on the following topics: • A lightning tour of the philosophy and science • Logic and fallacies (and how they apply to conspiracy theories, creationism and global warming).

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...

Calls for gifted children to get more support in schools

Calls for more support for gifted pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, have been backed by Potential Plus UK. Educational charity The Sutton Trust has urged the Government to develop a national programme, with ring-fenced funding, to support highly able state school pupils across the country. The charity has itself launched a scheme which will see 400 highly able children from non-selective state school take part in two or three year programmes at four leading universities...

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...

Are we failing the brightest school pupils?

The Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw today (13 June) announced that he believed that there was a failure by state schools to nurture their brightest pupils. Ofsted has suggested that schools place more of an emphasis on developing their brightest pupils. John Stevenage, Chief Executive of British Mensa said ‘at Mensa we would support any initiative that gives better assistance to bright children. Gifted children should be provided with the appropriate resources to learn and...

Congratulations to Ch4’s Child Genius winner

Last night (Tuesday 2 July) Shrinidhi Prakash became the winner of Channel 4’s Child Genius. She took part in four rounds of competition which included logic, mathematics, spelling and debating. Aged 11 Shrinidhi is a fan of Countdown and the World Under-12 Scrabble Champion. She currently lives in Orpington, Kent and enjoys writing novels in her spare time and attends an after-school creative writing group. She describes herself as ‘bookworm, Artemis Fowl fan, word fanatic, professional...

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...

Mensa’s Gifted Child Consultant to deliver workshop in Warwick

Mensa’s Gifted Child Consultant, Lyn Kendall, will be running a workshop at the University of Warwick’s Global & Gifted Conference 2012. The event, lead by the University’s International Gateway for Gifted Youth network, takes place on Wednesday 4 July 2012. The conference is aimed at teachers and coordinators of gifted and talented secondary school students. There'll be a focus on new international research and developments in gifted and talented education. As well as key note lectures...

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