Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Can you support us at our next event?

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Can you support us at our next event?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We hope you’re having an awesome Easter weekend so far! Before you dig into some hot cross buns and Easter eggs, we would like to update you on a few things. Read on for more on an upcoming workshop, an insightful scholar spotlight for you to watch, and some details on how you can help us reach more volunteers.

Can you support us at our upcoming workshop?
We need event volunteers, workshop facilitators and event coordinators to support us at our next workshop for young people on our programme. The workshop will take place at Goldsmiths University on Saturday 18th May 2019 from 10am-4pm. Please let me know if you’re available to help on this date and I’ll get in touch to share more details with you.

Help us reach more volunteers
Technology has brought us closer than ever before, with your friend or colleague just being a text, tweet or DM away. We embrace this and we know that word-of-mouth is a powerful and useful tool. So if you would like to help us reach more volunteers, we will appreciate it if you can tell a friend or colleague about us. You can refer them to our contact page, or you can get in touch with us and we’ll send you some material that you can forward to friends and colleagues.

Watch our latest scholar spotlight
In this scholar spotlight, we spoke to Tatiana, who has been on our programme for more than two years now. Before joining the programme, she found herself procrastinating too much and not having much confidence. After she joined GT Scholars and got a tutor, she managed to gain self-confidence and greatly improve her Maths skills, so much so, that she entered a global Maths competition with hundreds of schools taking part and she got placed third overall! You can watch the full interview here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! We hope you’ve got on your best hat for Wear A Hat Day today! Meanwhile, our thinking caps are on as we start planning the scholar matches for the new term. In this week’s newsletter, we have details of upcoming workshop facilitator opportunities, a parent interview to watch and volunteer opportunities for the new term. Read on for more!

Workshop facilitators needed for upcoming events
We’re looking for workshop facilitators for our next two events on our Raising Aspirations Programme. The first event is on Monday 15th April from 10am-4pm and will be a visit to Clifford Chance and Queen Mary, University of London. The second event is on Tuesday 16th April from 10am-4pm and will be a visit to Lloyd’s Bank. If you’re interested in working with young people living in care, please contact me and I’ll get in touch to share more details.

Volunteer tutors needed for the new term!
As more applications for the new term roll in, we want to make sure that we can match as many scholars as we can with an English or Maths tutor. We need online volunteer tutors that are available for just one hour a week throughout the 12-week term. If you’re interested in volunteering, please reply to this email, or if you know someone else that could help, please feel free to forward this email to them and they can get in touch through the contact page on our website.

Watch our latest parent interview
We hope you’ve been enjoying our spotlight series! The next spotlight is an interview with a parent of one of the scholars on our Bright Ambitions programme. In this interview, he explains the difference he’s seen in his child’s grades and confidence. He also shares some insight about the value of combining tutoring with mentoring and enrichment. You can watch the full interview here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

How To Support Your Gifted And Talented Child

How To Support Your Gifted And Talented Child

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A gifted child is defined as a child who gives evidence of high-performance capability in intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership areas, or in specific academic fields. They often require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop such capabilities.

These children have characteristics such as unusual alertness even in infancy, are rapid learners, have an excellent memory and have unusually large vocabularies for their age. They also demonstrate longer and more intense concentration spans, ask probing questions, are highly attentive to detail and highly self-disciplined, and they have little tolerance for boredom.

Gifted children will tend to get bored at school if teachers do not stimulate their minds. So, it is recommended that gifted children are brought up differently compared to other children. Here are a few tips for raising gifted children.

Provide an intellectual challenge at school and away from school
Gifted children are extremely fast learners. They can often accomplish things faster than their peers and with little effort. Their perfectionism means that they will always strive to over-achieve and this presents them with a lack of challenge in mainstream schooling. Allow your child opportunities to work on things that will challenge them and require them to take extra time to figure out. Also, attempt to have the school provide them with opportunities to learn things that are outside of their comfort zone and that will stimulate and challenge them mentally.

Set boundaries
All children need to feel that they are protected. It is not correct to assume that a gifted child will be able to make their own decisions about the best activities for themselves. It is important to listen to their concerns and understand their perspective, however ultimate decisions should always be in the hands of the parents to ensure that the gifted child will receive the best for their needs.

Don’t overburden your child
Although it has been demonstrated that your child can mentally cope with things that their peers would need more practice with, you should not set unusually high expectations for them. You can expose them to different skills and activities, which could nurture their hidden talents and passions. However, it is important to also give your child the freedom to make their own choices regarding the types of activities and extracurricular things that they may like to do. You should also not allow or expect your child to take on too much at once. Set aside time for them to have fun or downtime.

Be patient and supportive
You should avoid expecting perfection from your child. Instead, you should allow them to make mistakes without chastising them, and you should allow them to pursue their interests and abilities freely. You can assist your child to recognize which skills and knowledge will be important in their adult lives.

Praise your child for their abilities and efforts
Gifted children also need recognition for their abilities just as much as anyone else.  Try to compliment and congratulate your child when they have put in a great deal of effort or thought into something and when they need encouragement or positive feedback. You should always acknowledge their talents in all areas, whether it’s art, music, sport or gaming.

Don’t use your child as an example for their siblings
It is best to avoid an unhealthy rivalry between siblings, so you should not use your gifted child as an example to their siblings. It is important to acknowledge that each person is unique and has their own unique skills and talents – which are sufficient. A gifted child is no better than a non-gifted child and it is unfair to emphasise this.

Teach your child to prioritize
Gifted children tend to have many interests and can get more done than other people. Sometimes, they may take on too much and not know how to prioritize their tasks. It is important to instil this in your child, and teach them how to manage their time and how to take enough time for them to relax and regroup.

Teach tolerance and humility
Teaching your child about their special abilities is good, and will build their confidence. However, caution your child against developing a know-it-all attitude. Teach them that it is important to accept oneself, but to also accept others as we are all gifted differently and are unique. Instil in them, a sense of humility and that they can always learn something from others. This will develop better social skills that are very important once they are independent.

A gifted child is indeed a blessing, and it is important to do things that will complement their gifts whilst also remembering that they are still young and will need your help. Teach them that they are allowed to make mistakes and that they are also allowed to shine.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars –  Volunteer Opportunities this February!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer Opportunities this February!

Friends of GT Scholars

Good Morning! It’s Friday and I hope you’re looking forward to a great weekend! Last week we had our first workshop for this term and we’re really excited about our events lined up in the next few weeks. Read on to find out more!

Can you support us at our upcoming workshops?
We need event volunteers, workshop facilitators, and event coordinators to support us at our next workshop for young people on our Bright Ambitions and Head Start Programme. The workshop will take place at Bell House in Dulwich (SE21 7BG) on Saturday 16th February from 10am-4pm. Please let me know if you’re available to help on this date and I’ll get in touch to share more details with you.

Upcoming events for young people living in care
The next two events on our Raising Aspirations Programme will be university visits for young people living in care aged 12-15. We are looking for volunteers, workshop facilitators and events coordinators to help on these days.  The first visit is at LSE on Monday 18th February from 10am-3pm and the second one is at the University of Westminster on Tuesday 19th February also from 10am-3pm. If you’d like to be part of these visits, please contact me and I’ll get in touch to share more details with you.

Would you like to volunteer as a mentor?
We are busy preparing for the launch of The Young Leaders Programme. This programme is all about supporting young people aged 16 to 18 in developing their leadership skills and in gaining access to top universities or apprenticeships. Young people on this programme will work directly with mentors to achieve their specific goals. The programme will start on Monday 22nd April 2019. Please get in touch if you’re available and would like to get involved and feel free to tell your friends and colleagues about our volunteer opportunities.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.