Series finale: June 11 2008

Education expert Bernadette Tynan continues to put her unique brand of brain training to good use in helping children whose talents are going unnoticed in Make Your Child Brilliant, screening Wednesday, June 11th at 7:30pm on 3.

In tonight’s final instalment of the series, she visits a school in Manchester where she encounters Jamie, a curious, open-minded boy, and Aisha, a nine-year-old with a passion for culture and travel.

Bernadette Tynan has spent more than 15 years researching the secrets of the mind and developing brain-training techniques to unlock children’s talents. She is convinced that the current “exam-crazed” education system in the UK is failing to spot the ability of many of the country’s brightest kids. In this series she has set out on a journey across the country to put her methods to use.

Tynan, who has toured schools across the UK helping to identify talented pupils, believes a “death by testing” culture is destroying creativity and innovation in the classroom.

She argues that not only do tests fail to reveal many talents but that some bright children perform badly in them because they overcomplicate answers, looking for a deeper meaning where it is not expected.

She wants parents to help “train” their children’s brains to maximise their chances of success at school, using exercises that improve problem-solving and reasoning skills.

“What I’m looking for is children with abilities that could easily slip through the net,” she says. These could be students from any ability level. “In my book there is no ‘average Joe’ – only hidden talent.”

“They just need one chance and they really can excel,” she added.

Make sure not to miss Bernadette discovering these hidden talents in the Make Your Child Brilliant series final, screening Wednesday, June 11th at 7:30pm on 3.

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