Many of the brightest children in Ireland are not being offered the services they need to be adequately challenged, which could be hindering their potential, it has been stated.
According to the Irish Times, of the 35,000 children in the top five per cent of the population for their intellectual ability, only 4,500 currently access specialised programmes.
Director of the Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland Colm O'Reilly told the publication gifted kids need a tailored curriculum just as much as those at the other end of the scale.
"By definition, the average or mainstream curriculum will not serve their needs. Yet there is no recognition of giftedness as a learning need in schools. There is no training for it at the teacher-training colleges, either," he explained.
Mr O'Reilly suggested parents may like to refer their kids to services such as those offered by his organisation, which can greatly help these individuals achieve their potential, even if it is only for an hour or two a week.
The Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland - based at Dublin City College - offers university-style education for primary and secondary-level pupils and over 35,000 youngsters have participated in programmes since 1993.