Together for the benefit of our children.
Talented Children Project
The project is implemented by The Regional Pedagogical and Psychological Counselling Centre in Zlín (Czech Republic) in cooperation with Titan Partnership Ltd. In Birmingham (Great Britain) and Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University (Turkey).
Our project will support teachers, psychologists and other professionals in education. We intend to upskill them in early recognition of talented children and, in cooperation with the family, in supporting the development of the potential of the talented child. All partners have identified the need to support teachers and other pedagogical and psychological professionals in special and individual work with talented and gifted children in formal and informal education. The partnership considers support and motivation of talented children vital to future economic development.
According to research made by the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, talented children whose potential is not recognized could suffer from feelings of social exclusion, depression and suicidal tendencies.
According to the Czech law, talented children must be firstly identified by psychological examination in Pedagogical-Psychological Counselling Centres. Then the school can accommodate the educational process to the needs of the child. Nevertheless, the Pedagogical-Psychological Institute of the Czech Republic have found that both parents and teachers often lack information and support to recognize a child´s talent and enable them to reach their potential.
In Turkey, there are some programmes offered by public and private schools for talented children. The psychologists working in public sector run tests to identify the talented children. At the schools, groups of 4-10 children are formed by individual interviews. Teachers and psychologists co-ordinate the work and delivery of specialists in the following subject areas: math, sciences, drama, music, natural sciences and interdisciplinary studies. Children who took individual assessments have an opportunity to be observed in the group by the teachers. Analyses regarding interest and ability domains are carried out by teachers in accordance with developmental characteristics of gifted and talented students.
Able Gifted and Talented (AG&T) is a real focus in the UK. Between 1999 and 2013 there was funding available to schools for the development of AG&T young people through the Aim Higher project and through the Excellence in Cities Able Gifted and Talented funding. There remains an issue in UK schools regarding the under-achievement of AG&T students and with regard to appropriate differentiation in the classroom in order to stretch and challenge all students. The situation of talented children varies from country to country. Each partner country applies different measures to identify talented children and various approaches to fulfil their educational needs. That is why our project can contribute to the sharing of best practice among the countries and learn new means of nurturing talent.
An effective and equal educational system is considered essential for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. An equal education system will also ensure that talented and gifted children are welcome and supported.
The Talented Children Project is funded by the European Union Erasmus + initiative and will run from September 2014 to August 2016.