About Us

Why do we care?

Children with high ability or special aptitudes, often referred to as gifted children, like all other children, have a right to be provided with an education which matches their ability and offers enjoyable experiences. An underachieving gifted child is also a waste of society’s valuable resources. In order to nurture our gifted and talented children, it is necessary for both educational professionals and parents to identify ability and know how to make suitable provisions. Our experience of working with higher ability children has shown us that they show some or all of the following characteristics in the special areas they have a gift.

  • are fast learners, grasp things quickly
  • are reflective
  • respond to cognitively challenging activities
  • have strong personal interests and passions
  • already know most of what is being taught in schools and may feel resentful having to wait for others to catch up
  • enjoy looking at ideas in depth
  • like working with peers of similar ability
  • have the capability to take diverse routes to learning
  • can be highly creative, given appropriate opportunities
  • are capable of thinking critically and at higher levels
  • seek self-actualization through enjoyable and challenging learning experiences.

Professor Valsa Koshy was director of the Brunel Able Children’s Education Centre at Brunel University (UK) from 1996 - 2016 where she has taught a Masters programme in gifted Education and has supervised several doctoral students in topics relating to gifted education. She has written several books published by major publishers in a range of subjects and regularly leads professional development conferences and courses.

Her topics of interests include: what parents and teachers should do to identify children’s gifts and talents and make effective provision, search and fulfilment of inner-city talent, provision for gifted children aged 4-7 years and aspects of giftedness in mathematics.