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Children's Assessments Available at Weekends and Half Term - 26-09-2016
"School's viewpoint has changed immensely." This comment from a parent follows on from an assessment for high learning potential carried out by Potential Plus UK. ...
Fun Activities for the Whole Family - 26-09-2016
Booking is now live for non-member families to join us for a fun and informative weekend in Kettering on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October. Children's activiti...
Summer Office Closure - 18-07-2016
Our office will be closed the wee...
Booking for BIG Family Weekend and Enigma Now Live for Non-Members - 21-01-2016
Come and join us in Peterborough on 13th and/or 14th February. More information about the event and booking is available to see ...
Too Much Too Soon? - 15-01-2016
Too Much Too Soon? The Emotional and Mental Health issues of the UK’s High Learning Potential Children. Click ...
New online MA/PG Diploma/PG certificate in Special and Additional Learning Needs - 05-01-2016
ICEP Europe and the University of East London are proud to announce, as part of their online ...
Events Coordinator - 01-12-2015
Are you interested in developing a career in event management? Would you like the opportunity to work with families? Do you want to do something worthwhile that has an impact? A...
Web Chat Issues - 09-11-2015
There are technical problems with Web chat this morning (09/11/2015). Apologies for any inconvenience caused. ...
Bright Pupils Coast in Early Secondary School says Ofsted - 10-09-2015
A spokesman from the Department for Education has said that it is essential that the first three years at secondary school are not wasted and they aim to achieve this “&helli...
BIG Adventure Weekend - 30-04-2015
Our next event, the BIG Adventure Weekend, is now live for members to book. This is an outdoors event taking place over the weekend of 17th to 19th July 2015 at PGL Liddington, nea...
Web Chat Service Launches - 27-04-2015
Potential Plus UK launches a new web chat service staffed by trained volunteers today, 27th April 2015. The service will initially be open on Mondays and Wednesdays 9.30am-12....
Associate Opportunities - 06-03-2015
We are looking for passionate and sympathetic individuals to join our team of Associates across the country. Do you have what it takes to deliver training to parents, teachers and ...
Booking for BIG Family Weekend and Enigma Now Live for Non-Members - 04-03-2015
Non-members of Potential Plus UK can now book for the forthcoming flagship events in Peterborough, taking place over the weekend of 28th and 29th March. The BIG Family Weekend h...
National Charity Supports Ofsted's Findings - 04-03-2015
Potential Plus UK ( which was established in 1967 as The National Association for Gifted Children) today (4th March) expressed its disappointment at the findings of the new Ofsted ...
Labour Must Do More to Cater for Gifted Children - 03-03-2015
The shadow education secretary, Tristam Hunt, plans to establish an independently administered fund to advice teachers on the treatment of their most talented children. ...
Schools Neglect their Most Able Pupils - 20-02-2015
Provision for a school's most able pupils can be a postcode lottery. This TES article highlights how Potential Plus UK, and other bodies working to support high learning potent...
National charity asks government for equal treatment of UK's most able children - 15-02-2015
Potential Plus UK today launches a Manifesto (‘Raise the Bar and Mind the Gap’) asking all political parties and other agencies to outline how they plan to give fair tr...
Bullying: anyone different can be a target - 15-02-2015
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Potential Plus UK Responds to Ofsted's Annual Report - 10-12-2014
In Ofsted’s annual report Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s head, has today said that primaries have thrived because heads have focused on areas such as behaviour and teach...
Calls for More Support for Gifted Children Backed by Potential Plus UK - 02-12-2014
Potential Plus UK (formerly The National Association for Gifted Children) strongly backed calls made today (2nd December 2014) by The Sutton Trust for more support ...
Behind Every Gifted Child is a Pushy Parent. - 29-10-2014
Behind every gifted child is a pushy parent. What do you think? ...
Too Many Children Still Getting Bullied for Being Different  - 22-10-2014
Potential Plus UK, the national charity which works with children with high learning potential has joined forces with Kidscape, Carers Trust, Diversity Role Models and the Autistic...
Webinars - 06-10-2014
Potential Plus UK have 3 webinars now available to book. Please click here to book ...
Gunking Update - 11-04-2014
Oh what are you all doing? Lauren has gone into the lead! Lauren is the youngest member of the team, but answers most of your phone calls when you first contact us and keeps the me...
E-Academy proposal - 20-03-2014
Wey ecademy is an on-line school for students between 10 and 19 launching in September 2015.  They are aiming to be the first mainstream free school in England (state-funded, ...
Enigma Challenges Now Full - 06-02-2014
The Enigma Challenges in Bedford on 15th and 16th February are now full. We will be running further days in the West Midlands in October and hope to be back in Bedford in February ...
High Intelligence is a Special Need - 17-01-2014
An article in today's TES (Times Educational Supplement) discusses the pros and cons of classing high ability as a special need and also accelerating bright children, regardles...
Launch of SPARK Magazine - 03-01-2014
The launch of Potential Plus UK's new e-zine for parents of young children aged 0-5 years has received a fantastic response. As Mum to a 5 year old member has commented:&n...
Boris Johnson Missed the Point on IQ - 10-12-2013
A recent article in The Guardian by Deborah Orr addresses the need to look further than IQ on its own. Read the full article ...
This is a test news item for this branch - 04-12-2013
Welcome to Potential Plus UK! We are an independent charity which was established in 1967 that supports the social, emotional and learning needs of children with high ...
Branch news item 2 - 26-11-2013
Another news item ...
Nature, Nurture and Education - 18-11-2013
An article in the Independent on Sunday highlights the controversial debate over nature and nurture when the world's leading geneticist publishes a new book calling for Britain...
ITV Continues its Report on How We Should Educate Our Brightest Pupils - 14-11-2013
Ofsted is cracking down on schools that fail able pupils. But exactly how do we do the best for our brightest students? This report from ITV Meridien looks at what some school...
ITV Reports on Schools Failing Bright Pupils - 13-11-2013
Four in ten schools are failing to ensure their most able pupils make the progress they should. And as a result, Ofsted is cracking down on those that allow their bright pupils to ...
National Non Fiction Day - 07-11-2013
Thursday November 7th this year is National Non Fiction day and Potential Plus UK is helping to promote it. The What On Earth Sci...
Why there can be a bitter price to pay for having a child genius in the family - 22-10-2013
Why there can be a bitter price to pay for having a child genius in the family: How the strain of raising extraordinary children can even break up marriages Click ...
It's Alright to be Bright 2013 - 03-10-2013
The evenings may be getting darker, but it's that time of year again when we at Potential Plus UK think about all things 'BRIGHT' - yes, it's time ...
Enthuse Educate and Entertain - 06-09-2013
That is what we aim to do at the BIG Family Weekend, that is being held at North Leamington School near Coventry on 26th and 27th October. Take a look at ...
Parents Produce Booklet to Help Schools Support High Potential Learners - 17-07-2013
Following the recent Ofsted report, which highlights the failure of many secondary schools to support our country’s brightest pupils, and in the wake of the announcements tod...
Ofsted Report: Too many of our brightest children are being let down - 13-06-2013
Potential Plus UK, the children’s charity that works with children with high learning potential, today welcomed the Ofsted report, which highlights the failure of the UK&rsqu...
Unleashing the Potential of Children and Young People with High Intellectual Abilities - 14-05-2013
The European Economic and Social Committee has published its proposals and recommendations on how to maximise the potential of children with high ability. Read more about...
Investigation of Key Stage 2 Level 6 Tests - 14-05-2013
Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Education and Inclusion Research (CEIR) was commissioned to undertake a research study investigating the externally marked Key Stage 2 leve...
Opportunities to Work for Potential Plus UK - 08-05-2013
Two new opportunities have arisen to work for Potential Plus UK. Based in Milton Keynes the roles are part-time and encompass work supporting membership and events, and finance and...
Improve Your Research Skills! - 07-03-2013
Young people have the opportunity to take advantage of this unique opportunity to discover and nurture their research skills with support from the Open University. Full details of ...
How to meet the needs of child prodigies? - 04-03-2013
A recent article in the Times Educational Supplement online included profiles of a couple of family members of Potential Plus UK.  Take a look at the ...
Unique Taster Opportunity at the New College of the Humanities - 06-02-2013
The recently founded New College of the Humanities is offering family and school members of Potential Plus UK the opportunity to experience higher education subjects first hand. ...
Launch of Name Change - 04-02-2013
After 46 years, The National Association for Children, the child and family support charity, is changing its name today (4th February 2013) to Potential Plus UK.   ...
A Great Time to Join as a School Member - 18-01-2013
The start of a new school term is always a good time to assess the provision a school has in place for all its pupils, including its most academically able. So now is a good time t...
Assessments for High Learning Potential - 18-01-2013
We are delighted to announce the launch of our Assessment for High Learning Potential. This service is suitable for children aged four and a half years and over, and has been put t...
2013 Dux Award - 13-12-2012
The Westminster Government has announced the NEW 2013 Dux Awards Scheme and registration opens in January 2013. The 2013 Dux Awards Scheme aims to encourage the reco...
Film Making Competition - 13-12-2012
Severn Trent Water and IGGY have joined together to provide an exciting online competition for gifted young people all over the world.  This ...
8 out of 10 Parents Identify Problems at Home - 07-12-2012
In a recent poll on this website we asked parents whether they experienced family issues at home as a result of the needs of their child with high learning potential. A resounding ...
Last Chance to get your 2013 Calendar! - 27-11-2012
We have just a few 2013 calendars left, which are now available at the great value price of £5 each plus postage. Click on ...
NAGC Supports CBI Education Report - 21-11-2012
"Helping our most able children to maximise their potential; beginning this at primary school age or younger and encouraging schools to work in partnership with parents and carers ...
Children Forced to Hide their Skills and Talents is a National Disgrace - 20-11-2012
The National Association for Gifted Children, the UK charity that works with parents and families of high ability children, reacted strongly to the national poll results issued by ...
Take Part in a Challenge for a Great Cause! - 14-11-2012
A member is organising a charity climb up Snowdon in a group with an experienced guide. The event will take place in May 2013 in aid of supporting high learning potential children....
Booking Deadline Approaches! - 11-10-2012
The booking deadline for the BIG Family Weekend and Enigma Challenges is fast approaching.  Families and young people can ...
Professional Development to Support Pupils with High Learning Potential - 10-10-2012
Professional development for teachers, G&T coordinators, governors and teaching assistants to help them identify and support their pupils with high learning potential is availa...
NAGC urges support for high learning potential children  - 03-10-2012
NAGC today welcomed the proposals put forward by the Sutton Trust to promote social mobility by giving high ability children access to subsidised places at indpendent schools but, ...
Bright students coasting to A*s - 28-09-2012
NAGC's Chief Executive, Denise Yates, today issued this response to the HMC report 'England's Examinations Industry: deterioration and decay' and subsequent comments by the HMC tha...
Top Pupils Dumb Down - 27-09-2012
In an article on BBC News today William Richardson, general secretary of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, considers whether the need to include specific words&...
Progression and Achievement: Gifted and Talented Conference - 25-09-2012
Optimus Education's annual Progression & Achievement: Gifted & Talented 2012 conference is being held on 10th October 2012 in London. Covering topics from differentiation ...
Ofsted Speaks Up for our Brightest Kids - 20-09-2012
Our Chief Executive, Denise Yates, today lent her support to the statement issued by Ofsted Chief, Sir Michael Wilshaw, that our brightest pupils are not being stretched through mi...
ECHA Conference Update - 19-09-2012
The 13th ECHA Internation Conference took place in Germany last week with speakers including Margaret Sutherland of Glasgow University presenting on Early Years Education, Pro...
The UK Space Design Competition - 16-11-2012
The Imperial College London is raising aspirations by giving secondary school students the chance to visit the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Centre in America. In order to have a ch...
NAGC Presents at European Conference - 11-09-2012
NAGC's Deputy Chief Executive, Julie Taplin, and Education Consultant, Rebecca Howell, are delighted to be representing parents and carers from the UK at the ...
Getting Better Connected  - 22-08-2012
In order to get better connected with you, NAGC would like to know which social media and communication platforms you're using - and what you like about them? Whether it's Goo...
Nurturing the Elite - 14-08-2012
An article in today's Telegraph showed just the kind of advocacy we need for gifted and talented children.  We should all be proud of our athletes achievements, but why is it ...
Children's Research Skills Workshop  - 25-07-2012
In partnership with NAGC, the Children's Research Centre will be running an exciting 3 day workshop at the Open University which will cover research skills as well as giv...
Research on Parental Concerns about Teenagers with High Learning Potential - 16-07-2012
NAGC are conducting research about the concerns parents have about their teenagers with high learning potential. If you have a teenager with high learning potential, we would be gr...
IGGY Short Story Competition - 09-07-2012
The IGGY and Litro Short Story competition for 11-19 year olds is a great opportunity for any young person to share a short story for the chance to win £2,500. In additi...
Gifted Children Once Again the Victims of Political Correctness - 05-07-2012
Why is it so wrong in the UK these days to say that a child wants to be stretched and challenged, not for political reasons but for the pleasure of knowing that they did it? Y...
More Challenge Needed for Talented Pupils in Wales - 26-06-2012
A report by Estyn, the inspection body for education and training in Wales, has reported that pupils aren't achieving as well as those in England. The Welsh government acknowl...
Higher National Curriculum Primary Standards  - 15-06-2012
The new Primary National Curriculum Programme draft, announced on 12th June 2012 looks set to align England with countries which have the highest performance school systems in the ...
Dual and Multiple Exceptionality in the Headline - 24-05-2012
Current headlines in the media about an academy not accepting an 11 year old pupil, who already has an A* in GCSE maths but also cerebral palsy, highlights some of the problems tha...
Help Sheets for Children - 04-05-2012
The help and advice sheets written specifically for children and young people have all been updated in the 'Children and Youth' area for members.  They include a new series of...
New Look for Parents and Carers - 04-05-2012
Check out the new look pages on our website for 'Parents and Carers'.  We have made them easier to navigate, so that it is simpler to find the information that is relevant for...
Living with my Teenage Genius - 12-04-2012
This article reflects Cameron's mum's experience of supporting a son, who is both extremely gifted in maths and has Asperger's, and affirms how all the family members hel...
David Miliband Visits NAGC - 30-03-2012
Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband paid a special visit to Milton Keynes on Tuesday of this week to meet staff at ...
Job Opportunities with NAGC - 29-03-2012
We have two opportunities for staff members based at our Milton Keynes office: Membership and Events Coordinator, and Fundraising Coordinator.  The closing date for applicatio...
NAGC's Comment on Government's New Dux Scheme - 15-03-2012
The Government has today announced the 2012 Dux Awards Scheme, which aims to encourage the recognition and reward of top performing pupils in Year 9 (14 year olds).  They say ...
World of Difference - 14-03-2012
With funding from Vodaphone's 'World of Difference' programme NAGC member Geraldine Glover has started a feasibility study into what a NAGC Children's Centre should ...
Discounted Study Skills Course - 13-03-2012
This is a programme of workshops delivered by Karmichael Education to help students aged 10 to 13 and 14 to 17 to think independently using various techniques to improve their cogn...
US Summer School for State School Students - 09-03-2012
Fulbright is working with the Sutton Trust on a summer school for bright, state school students from non-privileged backgrounds at Yale University this summer.  All expenses w...
Hot Topic! - 09-03-2012
Young NAGC members don't forget that there is a live discussion for 6 - 10 year olds on the members' area tonight from 6pm to 7pm.  The hot topic is whether the monarchy is st...
Council Axes Gifted Children Programme - 02-03-2012
Bath and North East Somerset Council have announced that their programme of support for gifted and talented children will come to an end in August as part of a drive to cut costs i...
Don't Forget Bright Young Offenders - 01-03-2012
In 'Releasing Potential', a report published today, The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) highlights the waste of hidden potential which can be found amongst some of ...
BIG Adventure Weekend - 01-03-2012
NAGC is delighted to announce the details of its third annual BIG Adventure Weekend from 13th to 15th July 2012.  With all the fun and adventure of previous events, this one a...
Gifted! The Story of a Teenage Genius - 24-02-2012
Cameron Thompson has been hailed by many as being a "Maths Prodigy" from a young age. After flying through GCSE and A-Level he began stud...
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! - 20-02-2012
Don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook and to "Follow" us on Twitter. We post post regular updates on both these social media outlets. These updates include information on the ...
BIG Family Weekend and Enigma Challenge go Ahead! - 10-02-2012
The events at Bedford School this weekend are going ahead.    The roads around Bedford are clear and the school is happy to host the event.  We will ope...
Today only - 61% discount on Karmichael Education Taster workshop with Groupon - 07-02-2012
What is it? This is a two hour taster workshop where kids aged between 11 and 16 will be encouraged to get the brain cogs rotating and in the right gear. Held at the National Assoc...
BIG Family Weekend FULL! - 06-02-2012
Unfortunately booking for BIG Family Weekend has now closed as the event is full. We look forward to seeing all the families at the event for what we know will be a fantastic weeke...
NAGC Welcomes Professor Jeff Forshaw - 27-01-2012
NAGC looks forward to welcoming Prof Jeff Forshaw, co-author of The Quantum Universe: Everything that Can Happen Does Happen to the BIG Family Weekend and Enigma Cha...
Additional Support for Vulnerable Children - 16-01-2012
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is delighted to be able to provide additional support for vulnerable children thanks to recent funding initiatives.  ...
Support In North Wales - 09-01-2012
NAGC is running two introductory sessions in Wrexham on Saturday 14th January 2012, one specifically for parents and carers, and one for teachers and other professionals. The ...
Christmas Office Opening Times - 23-12-2011
Our office is closed from Friday 23rd December and will re-open again on Wednesday 4th January. Any giftedness questionnaires or puzzle books purchased during this time will be iss...
Helpline Calls go through the Roof! - 16-12-2011
Calls to the helpline run by the National Association for Gifted (NAGC) went through the roof in November.  The national charity took an average of 28 calls a day, despite hav...
Bright 7 Year Olds Fail to Shine at 11 - 16-12-2011
Information from the Department for Education has highlighted an issue around the attainment of children identified at the age of 7 as being high achievers, but then failing to mee...
Don't keep Parents in the Dark - 05-12-2011
In its monthly survey in November The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) asked parents and carers whether their child's school provides sufficient information to them ...
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