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Study says High Intelligence is a Special Need

Gifted Child

Today’s TES (Times Educational Supplement) contains a feature examining the idea that gifted children should be considered as having special need, and whether bright pupils should be accelerated through school. The article includes comment from our friends at Potential Plus UK and follows on from a study at Vanderbilt University, USA.

“Our brightest children learn more quickly and they don't need to spend the same amount of time learning new skills as other children do. What they do need to learn are study skills: at some point they will really have to learn something as opposed to soak it up. They can do that by tackling work that challenges them. Schools can do this in a variety of ways. Acceleration is just one option.”
Lyn Kendall, British Mensa’s Gifted Child Consultant


More Information

Mensa – Gifted and Talented

Read the TES article – Gifted and Talented – High Intelligence is a special need – so treat it that way

Potential Plus UK - work with the whole family to support children with high learning potential (gifted and talented)

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee Research - Are gifted children getting lost in the shuffle?