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Developing Talent

"Many highly successful individuals have above-average but not extraordinary intelligence.

Accomplishment in a particular activity is often more dependent upon hard work and self-discipline than on innate ability...... Studies of accomplished musicians, athletes, and historical figures show that when they were children, they were competent, had good communication skills, and showed versatility as well as perseverance in practising their skill over long periods. Most got along well with their peers and parents. "

Excerpt from What Works: Research about Teaching and Learning, US Department of Education.

The lesson from this research is that parents and pupils should not talk down their potential ability by comparing themselves to high-ability peers.  We annually see pupils who left our school in the middle ranks of their class achieving very highly at secondary school, university and in commerce. 

The common themes are: self-belief, self-organisation, a disposition to accept others for who they are and to be humble.