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Talented Children
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This partnership consists of three partners from three countries in order to explore and find the best practice in early identification and support of able, gifted and talented children. As each partner represents different sector of education, we are a multi-player partnership which is able to cover more aspects of our topic. All partners involved a number of “silent partners” who contributed to enriching and widening the knowledge of participants. The partnership address to Strategic objective 2: Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training in ‘ET 2020’. There is a need to ensure high quality teaching, to provide continuous professional development for teachers and trainers teachers and other educational specialists. Our project upskilled teachers in early identification of able, gifted and talented children and learn them to create an individual and special educational plans for those children. Strategic objective 3: Promoting equity, social cohesion, and active citizenship says that education and training systems should aim to ensure that all learners - including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, those with special needs and migrants - complete their education. We want our schools to be ready to create an atmosphere of acceptance and recognition of gifted and talented children from any background in any country. This includes knowledge and skills in early identification of the able, gifted or talented child, supporting that child and involving parents and the family in the process of his/her education. To reach these objectives our partnership realized study visits in partner countries in order to learn what works well through observation, discussion, and other methods. The information and skills were confirmed and widen on seminars which were organized during the study visits. Leading professionals were invited to provide participants with updated scientific findings. Each study visit and seminar focused on specific aspect of able, gifted and talented children. We learnt about tools of early identification of those who are talented or gifted in the Czech Republic, we explored and compared tools and possibilities to support and teach talents in the United Kingdom and we also observed teachers´ education and training in teaching able, gifted and talented children in Turkey. The information and knowledge gained in the project were collected in Methodology for Teachers which was distributed to teachers in pre-primary, primary, secondary and upper education, to school management, psychologists, school counsellors and careers counsellors, members of academic staff at universities and other professionals in identification, education, and support of talented children. Effective and equal educational system is considered essential for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. That is why we will appeal strategists and decision makers in order to support talents. We created the Recommendation Paper which contains recommendations of participants in the field of education of able, gifted and talented. Our project upskilled more than 60 related staff. Participants are expected to cascade the information to the others. This will ensure the sustainability of the project activities. The project concluded with the Final conference in the United Kingdom aimed at disseminating practice as wide as possible and attended by delegates from all partners as well as a wide range of invited delegates.

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