Make Your Child Brilliant

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.

Wednesday, May 7th at 7:30pm

Every parent wants to help their child fulfil their true potential but how can this best be achieved? Make Your Child Brilliant will answer these and other questions when it premieres on Wednesday, May 7th at 7:30pm on 3.

In this brand new factual entertainment series, psychologist Bernadette Tynan shows parents how they can identify and unlock their child’s individual talents and skills so that they can flourish and gain confidence as well as good results.

Bernadette will travel across the UK visiting a different British school each week. Looking beyond exam results, Bernadette will select children whose gifts and abilities can slip under the radar in today’s education system – in some cases, children can have a gift that lies beyond the school gates.

Using brain-training techniques, Bernadette will teach children to have confidence in themselves and their gifts, encouraging them to achieve a spectacular task, much to the amazement of friends and family.

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes and Bernadette will reveal what parents should look out for with their children. For example, the class chatterbox may be fast-thinking with fantastic language ability, the class busy body may have a brilliantly curious mind and the class bossy boots may be a great natural leader.

From novel ways of teaching spelling to trampolining to give the body and brain a workout, Bernadette will share the secrets of her brain-training techniques and will demonstrate how to identify and unlock hidden gifts. With information on taking the fear out of tests and top tips on how to work with your child’s school, Make Your Child Brilliant is an indispensable guide for parents.

Bernadette recently said “the ideas, innovation and creativity of our children are Britain’s future. In an exam-crazed system, not every child’s gifts can be captured on pen and paper tests. Every child deserves an opportunity to be brilliant.”

In this week’s Make Your Child Brilliant season premiere the series travels to Leeds where Bernadette will attempt to identify children she can make brilliant. “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.”

Find out if this is true in the highly informative and entertaining Make Your Child Brilliant, premiering Wednesday, May 7th at 7:30 on 3.

Bernadette’s accompanying book, Make Your Child Brilliant, also gives parents the inside track on how to identify and nurture their child’s individual gifts and talents, and how to help them get the best out of their school years.

Distributed in NZ by Southern Publishers Group, NZ RRP $39.99, available May 2008.