Challenges in French system for super-bright pupils

A small group of gifted children receiving special tuition as part of the Little Mad Scientists’ Club of Gifted in France

Some 2.3% of children in French schools are intellectually gifted, according to an Education Ministry estimate.

Until recently, they were called élèves intellectuellement précoces, but that was changed in February to the term élèves à haut potentiel so these children do not feel penalised for their brilliant minds.

Most integrate in mainstream schools, but the ministry said about a third have problems in class which could lead to difficulty with integration and school phobia.

The Association Nationale Pour les Enfants Intellectuellement Précoces (ANPEIP) is an national association that helps parents with gifted children and campaigns for better recognition and assistance.

Its president, Catherine Verger, said: “If your child is extra talented in sport, they will get plenty of support and help to progress, but if your child is intellectually ahead of others, he or ...

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