Our project upskills teachers in early identification of talented children and enables them to create individual and special educational plans for these children.
Education and training systems should aim to ensure that all learners, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, those with special needs and migrant backgrounds, complete their education. It means that schools and other education institutions must create an atmosphere of acceptance and recognition of gifted and talented children from all backgrounds. This includes knowledge and skills in early identification of the talented child, supporting that child and involving parents and the family in the process of his/her education. Research conducted by the Masaryk University, Czech Republic, found that talented children whose potential is not recognized are at risk of suffering from feelings of social exclusion, depression, and suicidal tendencies.
The project includes the development and implementation of innovative practices in the field of early identification of talented children. To achieve this partners have compared and contrasted provision of gifted and talented identification and support in each partner country and from this research highlighted key examples of best practice to share transnationally.
The project has achieved the following:
- The organisation of study visits in each country for professionals from partner countries to work shadow and attend a seminar on their national system
- The development of a teachers´ manual and recommendation paper through experience gained on the study visits;
- Ran a final conference on 16th June in Birmingham where stakeholders and partners from each country presented knowledge that was shared through the project.