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Having a high IQ can bring many positive benefits – it is the strongest indicator of academic performance and repeated studies have shown a link between high IQ and job performance and health.

But there can be downsides to being “different”, including isolation, bullying and under-achievement as a result of trying to fit in with peers.

13 Feb 2018


Johnny Ball - Inspire17

Television presenter and self-confessed maths nut Johnny Ball will join a host of top speakers for Inspire17, a whole day of fun and inspiration for bright sparks and their families.

Johnny, whose zany madcap style has been inspiring young mathematicians and scientists for more than 50 years, will be bringing his unique interactive show to Birmingham on June 3 for a joint collaboration between British Mensa, Potential Plus UK and GT Voice.

25 Apr 2017


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Activity workshops for children 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 - for four to six-year-olds, seven to nine-year olds and 10 to 12-year-olds - and the remaining dates are available to book now.

10 May 2017


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Mensa's gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall

Bringing up a bright spark can be a challenging, exhausting and exciting business – but how do you know if you’re doing what’s best for your gifted child?

Join us in Coventry for the second in a series of workshops with Mensa’s gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall. It will be an opportunity to get advice and reassurance as well as meet others in the same situation, all in a friendly and informal setting.

12 Jan 2016


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Lyn Kendall with Mensa chief executive John Stevenage and Jane Benton, head teacher of the Westwood Academy

The first Mensa-Westwood Academy seminar for parents of gifted children proved a huge success.

06 Oct 2015


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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.

25 Sep 2015


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Exceptional young mathematicians are invited to apply for a place on an exciting summer school organised by Stanford University in California.

The Stanford SPARC scheme is a two-week summer programme for exceptionally gifted secondary school mathematicians which encourages young people to develop their talents inside and outside the classroom.

All classes, accommodation and activities are free, and some scholarships are available towards the cost of travel.

20 Mar 2015


Mayuri enjoys extra-curricular activities

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.

08 Oct 2014


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