Child Genius 2016

Hi everyone, YAC UK has been contacted by Channel 4 regarding the possibility to participate in a TV program called Child Genius.

In a nutshell, they are looking for  children aged 8-12 who are passionate about a particular subject, and who would be interested in going on TV. Children will be tested on literacy, numeracy, logic, general knowledge, etc.

They are having an Open Day in January – please see below for more information and contact details.

Child Genius 2016 poster

Child Genius returns for a fourth series and is looking for children aged 8-12 (and their families) to take part. It would be great if you could circulate the below information and attached flyer via your club newsletter or social media account(s) Also, if you are attending or holding any events that you think may be relevant to the programme, it would be great if you could let us know!

Wall to Wall Media, the production company behind award-winning programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One) Long Lost Family (ITV) and three previous series of Child Genius (Channel 4), is currently writing to UK Schools and After School Clubs, as the documentary and competition series Child Genius is back for a fourth time, and we are once again looking for children and their families to take part.

The series will feature some of Britain’s brightest and most fascinating 8 -12 year olds, as they enter a competition devised in association with British Mensa. This will consist of four rounds to be filmed in February 2016 (with a grand final at the end of April 2016).

Child Genius will capture the children and the families in the build-up to each round of the competition as the children prepare to take on their highly intelligent peers. As well as telling the story of the competition, the series will aim to explore the lives of the children featured, their families, their hobbies and how they handle day-to-day life as and with a gifted child. We will spend time filming with children and families at home in the weeks prior to the competition, in between rounds at the competition venue and in the lead up to the grand final. Each episode will feature a number of the children who took part in the competition and will chart their progress as they strive to make it all the way to the final.

Child Genius offers parents the chance to bring their children together with like-minded peers. 2015 finalist Jasamrit’s dad said: “It was a special moment for the whole family as it not only made Jasamrit a more focused and resourceful 10 year old, he has made some great new friends!” Jack’s mum Clare said: “It was amazing to see Jack thrive, to relish the competition and the chance to show his talents, and to see him have fun with other kids he had lots in common with. We were all so well looked after by the crew, and the parents supported each other too. I’d do it all again…” Finalist Sasha’s mum said: It was lovely to see the children making friends and having fun between the rounds. We had such fun being a part of it and has left us with some lovely memories of when Sasha was 12. Winner Thomas stated: “Child Genius is fun, exciting and was, frankly, the best opportunity I’ve had in my life so far. I got to meet like-minded people and there was a sense of camaraderie with the other competitors. My advice is simple. Do it!!!”

After Schools Clubs and organisations have played a tremendous part the last three years in spreading the word to parents, and we are always delighted by the sheer volume of numbers that come forward. We are currently inviting applications from bright young children (with the consent of their parents/guardians) to take part in the series. We are looking to feature children between the ages of 8 and 12 years, born between 1st September 2003 and 31st August 2007 (up to year 7s).

Given the ages of the children we hope to involve in the series, we are keen to reassure you that we take our obligations as responsible programme-makers very seriously. We recognise our duty of care to all our contributors and the particular additional responsibilities involved in filming with young children in this environment. For this reason, no application from any child will be accepted without full and informed parental/guardian consent; at least one parent/guardian will accompany their children to all stages of the casting process, and in the event that the child is invited to appear in the series, to all filming. We will have a team of specialist advisers off-screen, including a child psychologist and education experts, whose role will be to provide support and guidance prior to and during the production of the series.

Parents are able to view information on both Wall to Wall Media and the series here and they can provide us with evidence of their consent to their child taking part in the application process. Applications are open until 15 January 2016.

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