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Gifted and Talented useful links

Throughout the year there are many courses for Gifted and Talented children, which are provided by the SWgate for learning.  Your child may be given information about these courses, they are very popular and the spaces fill up very quickly, it is therefore important to log onto the site and book the course as soon as possible.  At St. John's we don't just send children who are Gifted and Talented on these courses, we try to send children who would also enjoy or benefit from the type of workshop chosen.


Running alongside these courses in Exeter, the Tiverton Learning Community also run workshops in the individual schools, these are usually free as they are run by local teachers.  As soon as we hear about these courses/ workshops we send out the relevant information to the relevant children.


We will be asking the children who have attended courses or workshops to write an evaluation and to complete a recount of their day which in time will be added to the website so that you are able to see the types of activities that take place on these days.


Children who are talented at sports are asked to play for the School's teams and are  encouraged to attend the after school sports clubs.


Teachers are constantly updating the G&T register as we can see the children excelling in certain areas, however there are certain activities that your child may do outside of school hours which we are unaware of.  If your child has a particular talent in an area that you may think we may not know about please let me or their class teacher know.


Please find below a list of web pages and books that are useful to children who are Gifted and Talented in various areas.  If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask.


Anton Devereaux (Gifted and Talented Coordinator)



Young, Gifted and Talented

YG&T provide the national Programme for Gifted and Talented pupils. Their website provides resources for pupils, parents, carers, and schools together with news updates on latest developments in gifted and talented education and FAQs. They also host the National Learner Academy which provides additional learning opportunities for able learners who are registered with them.


National Association for Gifted Children

NAGC works with the whole family to support the child who is gifted and talented. They provide a range of resources, an advice service and local networks for families, and special events such as the ‘Big Fun Weekends’ which organise activities for the whole family.


The Department for Children, Schools and Families

Parents Centre is a government website that provides advice and guidance for parents on a range of educational issues, though not exclusively gifted and talented.
Parental Involvement is a website that is designed to help parents/carers to get the most from parental involvement and offers suggestions on how parents and teachers can achieve effective partnerships and manage home school agreements.
Other Local Authorities

A number of LA sites are particularly helpful in terms of supporting parents. Here are some:


London Gifted and Talented London Gifted & Talented offers both online activities to challenge gifted and talented learners and resources to advise and support their parents.
DirectGov A government website providing details about identification and definition with links to other sites
Oxford Brookes University Oxford Brookes University has some interesting guidance on how parents may support their children at primary school
National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE)

NACE Provides able, gifted and talented support and resources mainly to teachers but parents are also likely to find these materials of interest

Overseas Organisations Commentary and Links
Family Education - Gifted and Talented Is your child bright, or truly gifted? Learn the difference and find activities and games to challenge his/her mind, and tips and resources to keep him/her centred.
Kid Source on-line An American site that provides a wide variety of articles, information and resources for parents of gifted and talented children.
Mensa Mensa provides a forum for intellectual exchange among members. Its activities include the exchange of ideas by lectures, discussions, journals, special-interest groups, and local, regional, national, and international gatherings; the investigations of members' opinions and attitudes; and assistance to researchers, inside and outside Mensa, in projects dealing with intelligence or Mensa."
Multiple Intelligences The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.
Parents An American website that has sifted through thousands of links for gifted and talented issues and listed what they perceive to be the best sources for parents.
The Support Society for Children of High Intelligence The Support Society for Children of High Intelligence aims to help young and intellectually gifted achieve their potential and to support their families.
The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children The World Council for G&T Children is a non-profit international organisation, dedicated to the needs of gifted and talented children throughout the world.
  Publications for Parents/Carers and Learners
Author Title and futher information
Barry Teare Parents’ and Carers’ Guide for Able and Talented Children
Practical suggestions including websites, resources, places to visit and recommended reading for able children. Network Continuum Education Limited, 2004 ISBN 1 85539 1287
Garry Burnett and Kay Jarvis Parents First: Parents and Children Learning Together
The National Network of Partnership Schools at John Hopkins University in the USA has a six-point model for keys to successful partnerships. The model has good accompanying suggestions for sample practices that you can see at the National Network of Partnership Schools website Crown House Publishing Ltd, 2004
Barry Teare Help Your Talented Child: An Essential Guide for Parents
ISBN 978 1855393516
James Webb et al Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers
ISBN 978 0910707008
Sally Yahnke The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids
ISBN 978 1575421117
Louise Porter Gifted Young Children: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
A practical guide to identifying and supporting young children up to the age of eight.
ISBN 0335 217729
  Resources for children and young people
American fun maths site
Aquila Magazine
Augusta's Gifted Resources Centre
BBC School online
Converse - the literature website  
Creative Drama & Theatre Education
Exploring the Environment
How stuff works
Mary Rose
Mathematically Promising Network
Nrich (Mathematics)
Science Museum
The Grid Club
UK Youth Parliament