Tes talks to…Valsa Koshy

The Brunel University academic believes that there is no such thing as a ‘globally gifted’ child. She tells Zofia Niemtus that schools have a duty to recognise all children’s talents, rather than trying to form a mythological ‘G&T’ group

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Valsa Koshy has spent 20 years researching giftedness. She was part of the team that launched the UK’s first university-based research and development centre to support the education of gifted and talented children – the Brunel Able Children’s Education (BACE) Centre, at Brunel University London – back in 1995. She has worked with schools, teachers, students and families around the world on approaches and theory around giftedness in schools.

What she has decided, after all that research, is that giftedness – in the sense schools often see it – is a myth.

“When I founded the centre, I thought ...

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