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‘Our little genius can’t fail’

Parents need to learn that confidence is not synonymous with ability

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“She’s an absolute genius,” the parent told us. “She doesn’t show it in school and not always at home but I know she can do it. I’ve told her she’s a genius and she could get full marks in any of these tests if she really wanted to.”

My jobshare and I shared a familiar look before gently re-explaining to the parent that, even when factoring in hidden genius, the fact remained that this child had scored well below 50 per cent in her termly assessments, was still working at least a year below age-related expectations and had to cover a fair bit of ground to catch up.

We then went on to explain ...

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