Gifted and Thriving at School

Last week I received a copy of a new book by Derrin Cramer of Thinking Ahead

 Gifted and Thriving at School:
How proactive parents can get the education that fits their child

As the website says

This book is packed with tips and strategies which will build your knowledge and confidence so you can effectively advocate for your child. It will lead you through the process of gathering and organising the information you need, building positive relationships with your child’s school, preparing for and attending meetings plus ways to communicate effectively, leaving you feeling confident that you can guide the process of seeking the education that fits your child’s needs.

I loved this book from the opening line “I have walked in your shoes”.
It is obvious that Derrin has indeed experienced the joys and challenges of parenting her gifted children and advocating for their needs of to be met.
You can read Derrin’s own story and the story of Thinking Ahead at

I appreciated her comments
“Before you go on any further, I have to tell you something. Advocating for your gifted child is an ongoing process. It is not a one-shot fix”
“The best advice I can give is to make the best decision you can at the time with the knowledge you have.”

I also enjoyed the wise comments and advice from parents which appear throughout the book.

Sprite, reading over my shoulder (reminding me of a time when my 5 year old son was reading over my shoulder as I read an academic journal article about whether  or not you should tell a child they are gifted!), loved the fact that all the chapter titles begin with her favourite letter – P.

  • Proactive parents
  • Power of information
  • Paperwork
  • Positive partnerships
  • Prepare
  • Plan
  • Prioritise
  • Persuade
  • Present
  • Persist
  • Parent wisdom
  • Pursue further opportunities

 The Appendix contains a helpful example of an Individual Education Plan form and there is also a section about Questions to Ask Schools.
The book gives a practical and encouraging step by step approach to advocating for the child’s education needs.

It can be purchased from


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