You will probably be exhausted. Stimulated, educated, fascinated – but also, quite possibly, exasperated, confused and, yes, exhausted.
Having a child who is genuinely gifted or talented (and we’re not talking here about the generally bright, sparky and eager to learn) can be a very mixed blessing. The questions can be endless, as can the demands for more books, equipment, instruments, outings, extra tuition. It can be an expensive business to be the parent of a genuinely gifted child. There will also be implications for other members of the family – living with a demanding sibling is not easy!
These are the children who, for example, not only read by the time they are four but who have already read the school’s stock of books. No point teaching them phonics – synthetic or otherwise. Or reading may not be their thing but they know their tables – literally backwards sometimes, by the time they are 5. Or maybe they can play a Mozart sonata at 7 and wonder why you can’t. Or maybe they simply master facts and details at one glance and retain – and understand – extraordinary amounts of complex information. A gifted child may be gifted in one specific area but be perfectly like his peers in other ways. Or he may be a whizz in just about all things.
The Good Schools Guide website has numerous helpful articles explaining what it is to have a gifted child and how they should be identified and supported.
However, whereas all schools now are meant to identify and support gifted and talented children – along with those with a specific learning difficulty – many do little more than keep a register of these children and do little to stretch and stimulate them and teach them to anywhere near their capacity.
We at The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants understand how frustrating it can be to have a child of this kind and know they are not getting what they need. You may be dealing with tantrums and anger – or, worse, withdrawal and sullenness. Being gifted or talented way above the norm is a special need like any other and deserves special attention.
Our SEN specialists are ready to work with you to find a school which is eager and able to give these children the support and normality they need. Once you have a school, we can also help you manage the relationship and deal with any knotty problems as they occur.
We offer a range of services to suit all families. Whether you are relocating five children from overseas or whether your first child is as yet unborn we can help and support you in making the right choice for your children’s education. Below are our most popular services. All prices are inclusive of VAT.
The Welcome Meeting is a face-to-face meeting with an expert education consultant. It is offered to clients who would like an introduction to the English education system in general, The Good Schools Guide, our services and all the different ways we can support you in your search for the best schools and, perhaps, a new home.
We have been very impressed with the Good Schools Guide. From our first contact with administrative team, it was clear that we were dealing with a professional organisation. They were very helpful finding the right package for our needs. Thereafter, their experienced consultant asked insightful questions and was able to understand our individual education needs almost immediately. Her knowledge of the local school environment and how best to navigate it have been invaluable. She has gone beyond the professional expectations we had of an education consultant. We have a very comforting sense of having found a partner in the Good…
While there is no such thing as the “perfect” school and a good school for one child will not be a good school for another, there is no question that UK schools have a deserved world-wide reputation for all-round excellence. The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants regularly help children to gain places at all the top schools in the country.
An education consultant is an independent consultant who helps parents / guardians decide on all aspects of their children's education. The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants has two education consultants specialising in Kent - Catriona Prest and Bernadette John.