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Gifted and talented children descend on Canterbury Christ Church University

17 August 2006

Nearly 100 of the country’s most exceptional children are taking part in a three-week residential summer school at Canterbury Christ Church University for gifted and talented youth which started this week.

The University is the only venue in the South East to offer the national summer school, on behalf of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth.

The summer school programme, an initiative of the Department of Education and Skills and run by the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth, will offer an extensive portfolio of exciting programmes to students from a variety of backgrounds, giving them the opportunity to experience university life.

The programmes, many of which are not normally studied in school, have been designed by top academics and teachers. They include: ‘Migration, Integration, Diversity and Identity’, ‘Creative Arts’, ‘Anthropology’, ‘Sport Science’ and ‘Totally Wild Science’.

As well as lectures and seminars, the summer school pupils have a lively and varied programme of events for the weekends and evenings. Their parents will be visiting them for an afternoon on their second weekend.

The Site Director of the University’s Summer School, Sue Soan, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to engage in academic life. Their experiences will enhance their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subjects. It will also help to develop further their study skills as appropriate to their ability.”

Notes to Editor

National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth

The National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth, based at the University of Warwick, was established by the government to develop, implement, promote and support educational opportunities for gifted and talented children and young people aged up to 19, as well as providing support for parents and educators. It will also provide a nationally and internationally recognised centre of expertise from which to develop and help improve the delivery of gifted and talented education in England.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is the largest centre of higher education in Kent for public services – notably teacher training, policing and health and social care. The University is also a significant provider of programmes in a wide range of academic areas within its Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Business and Sciences.

From a small independent College of less than five hundred students – all training to be school teachers – in the 1960s, we have grown to a fully fledged university with 14,000 students and 1,000 staff members with campuses in Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Broadstairs and Chatham. Our teaching and learning facility for health, education and policing students at Chatham is part of the Universities At Medway Project in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College.

As an outward looking University and a Church of England foundation, our mission is to provide excellent academic and professional education underpinned by research, scholarship and creative work and by Christian principles and values.

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