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Talent Development Programmes for Education

Nurturing and Developing Talents

The Talent Development Programmes (formerly The Brunel Able Children’s Education (BACE) Centre) was launched in 1997 as the first university-based research centre in the UK focusing on talent development of children aged 4 to 16 years. The Centre undertakes high quality research and provides evidence-based strategies for both policies and practitioners.

Working with a community of international experts in talent development and a large network of local education authorities, we provide research-based practical strategies and systems for nurturing talent by enhancing the quality of learning and teaching.

Under the leadership of a core team of national and international experts, our work is based on a broadened conception of talents and gifts (rather than on labelling children) and focuses on the uniqueness of a child’s special strengths and interests.

Our work aims to empower teachers with strategies for effective curriculum provision so that they can provide enriching and enjoyable learning experiences to all pupils. A significant part of the Centre’s research focuses on the recognition and fulfilment of talent of special groups of pupils, such as students with high potential in inner-city areas and very young children.

Designing effective models for curriculum adaptations and educational interventions, using action research and design research methodologies to make research accessible to practitioners, make up a significant part of our work.