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to be suprised there is a "gifted and talented" board here

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fromparistoberlin Thu 23-Jan-14 12:02:54

sorry its really made me giggle

but seriously!? is this a major worry for people?

MrsBucketxx Thu 23-Jan-14 12:04:59

Gifted children have problems like any other.


or maybe a little jealous.

RestingActress Thu 23-Jan-14 12:05:48


fromparistoberlin Thu 23-Jan-14 12:07:27

sorry, but the thread seem to be mainly:

"my 4 year old said "synchronicity today, does this mean he is G&T"?

I actually never knew that this (a) was an issue of that (b) they had problems so apologies if I have caused offence

NewBlueCoat Thu 23-Jan-14 12:08:12

Everyone's problems are a problem for them. It's not nice to minimise issues.

FWIW, it can be tricky finding out what to do with a child performing way beyond their years. My dd2 is having a few issues at the moment, as a direct result of her being considered G&T. Are her problems as severe as my dd1's issues (dd1 has severe ASD and learning difficulties). No, motto the outside world. But to dd2? Yes, absolutely - it's her world, and her life, and she is neither comfortable nor happy in it.

following Thu 23-Jan-14 12:10:40

yanbu , just read through a few threads on there , not really problems are they ,just a place to boast about how bright little jimmy is .

Dawndonnaagain Thu 23-Jan-14 12:12:36

Pleasant thread. hmm

PedlarsSpanner Thu 23-Jan-14 12:13:48

I knew a child who understood planetary motion, affects on the seasons, coniferous and deciduous trees,tectonic plate theory at age 4.

Finding ways to extend their learning was a tricky path for the parents.


hardtostayfocused Thu 23-Jan-14 12:18:14

AS far as I know, "Gifted and Talented" was a concept brought in by the last Labour govt to recognise and support children who are particularly academic, creative, sporting etc.

The current govt ditched measuring it because (IMO) they only recognise academic gifts rather than other, non-academic, talents. The official terminology became "more able children", and subsequently "most able children", and these must now be recognised and supported at school.

However many schools have stuck with the slightly bizarre G&T soubriquet (unless it's just me who thinks "Drink!"), and many parents fret about it.

True giftedness (very rare) must be pretty difficult to cope with for both the child and the parents.

Anyway, I suggest you are being a little provocative rather than U?!

Iwannalaylikethisforever Thu 23-Jan-14 12:18:40

But thanks for telling me where I can boast about how clever my dc are, they often invited to attend g&t events through school.

lljkk Thu 23-Jan-14 12:21:53

oh FFS, It surprises me that there's a Sleb Twaddle board on here, too. How could MNHQ? Lowers the tone, don't you think?
Yabu. Hide something if you don't like it, not difficult. Do you need instructions?

SilverApples Thu 23-Jan-14 12:22:05

My daughter is gifted, there's a thin line between it and insanity and she walks the line most days. I've taught four gifted children in 30 years, it really isn't easy for them or their parents or their school to manage effectively.
So YABU, but it's through ignorance and lack of experience rather than malice.
Gifted and highly intelligent are different things IME.

TheSurgeonsMate Thu 23-Jan-14 12:26:42

I imagine that your kind of response to some perfectly sensible questions was the reason that a G&T section was set up.

Starballbunny Thu 23-Jan-14 12:26:54

The gifted and talented label and people claiming to have gifted toddlers can sound silly.

However, I have known several DCs well ahead of their peer groups and it causes real problems.

In a small single form entry primary, you don't have to be outrageously clever to be bored witless, stick out like a sore thumb and get bullied.

The G&T board gives these DCs parents as well as the smaller number with truly gifted children a safe place to hang out.

allthingsfluffy Thu 23-Jan-14 12:30:19

Yeah, its a real hoot OP. hmm

Its a bit like saying skinny people can't be worried about their weight isn't it. Just because something is on the desirable end of a spectrum doesn't mean its easy to live with in every case!

wigglesrock Thu 23-Jan-14 12:32:57

Yes, it is a worry for some parents - how to best support their kids. Is that ok with you? Don't read it if it irritates you, there's loads of MN I don't bother with. I don't feel the need to start threads taking the piss.

ChippingInWadesIn Thu 23-Jan-14 12:45:04

Have you even looked at the list of boards? Where on earth did you get the idea that something has to be a major worry before it can have a 'board'?

That aside, your post is thoughless (at best) or plain nasty. There are lots of issues the children or parents have with a child that is Gifted and Talented, use your imagination or read some of the threads to get a glimpse of a difficult life if you simply can't imagine it.

PS: No axe to grind, I don't have a child that is G&T.
PPS: Your own threads aren't exactly life & death issues either are they?!

manicinsomniac Thu 23-Jan-14 12:47:54

It's definitely something that some people need to consider in their lives so why not.

Though, I think it would be better as part of the SN board (as it counts as SEN educationally and gifted children often have other AN). That would discourage the misuse of the board for 'my clever little Jimmy' comments as mentioned upthread.

WilsonFrickett Thu 23-Jan-14 12:50:49

In Scotland it's considered an 'additional need' manic so G + T children have an IEP or ASP as appropriate. I kind of like that they're approached the same way.

manicinsomniac Thu 23-Jan-14 12:53:48

yes Wilson it is in England too. At least it is in the independent school I teach it. I don't know about state schools.

CrohnicallyFarting Thu 23-Jan-14 12:59:26

In our school, G and T children have extra support, differentiation in class etc but without the IEP. It's a fairly recent thing though, when I was at school (20 ish years ago) G and T children were just left to get on with it.

Retropear Thu 23-Jan-14 13:02:43

At ours they have IEPs.

Picturesinthefirelight Thu 23-Jan-14 13:03:36

It was initiated originally for parents of children on the official g&t scheme & there was an association too I think they could join

Gifted children can have problem at school.

Dd is talented but every child at her school is talented as its a specialist school. It's great for hercto hecdonewhere she fits in.

Fleta Thu 23-Jan-14 13:04:46

Believe me it is a worry.

Mostly along the lines of how she'll be treated as she gets bigger sad

Hogwash Thu 23-Jan-14 13:05:21

Like others have said, very bright children can have considerable problems sometimes due to their intelligence.

An invalid sample size of one ... but I know of one child at my children's school who struggles emotionally and there is seemingly a huge gap between his emotional and intellectual intelligence to the extent he is visibly unhappy and can cause problems.

It can also be hard for teachers to challenge bright children - especially if the children are brighter than they are, and those children can become very disruptive.

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