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  • NURTURE their gifts and talents
  • Support children to SUCCEED
  • DISCOVER your child's potential
  • Remove barriers to ACHIEVEMENT

Welcome to the website of Potential Plus UK. We are an independent charity supporting children with high learning potential (gifted and talented) by working with families, schools and professionals.

We are Potential Plus UK


Welcome to Potential Plus UK. We are an independent charity supporting children with high learning potential and their families. Many will remember us as the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).

Life can be difficult for a child with high learning potential. School work may not stretch them and yet other aspects of life may appear quite daunting. This can set them apart from their classmates and make it difficult for them to feel one of the crowd.

Our research suggests that every year, 35,000 children are born in the U.K. with high learning potential. But we know from experience that without the right support, that potential may not be realised. Sometimes the negatives can seem to outweigh the positives. The child feels different and teachers can be just too busy to spot the opportunity. We challenge the barriers others often unwittingly place between young people and achieving their full potential.

For 50 years we have been helping high learning potential children. Our independent assessment can highlight children’s specific needs and present this in a form that schools, educational psychologists and other professionals recognise. Parents find the information gained easy to understand and helpful in implementing the right support for their children.

As well as supporting children and families, we help schools and other professionals and work hard to raise the profile of high learning potential. We know these children can grow up to be highly successful in their chosen field, providing that ability is recognised early.

Potential Plus UK Annual General Meeting

Saturday October 26th, 1.20pm

Venue: Ken Stimpson Community School, Staniland Way, Werrington PE4 6JT

Potential Plus UK’s Annual General Meeting will take place during our Big Family Weekend in Peterborough.  Everyone is welcome to attend and join in our discussion, whether they are taking part in the Big Family Weekend or not.  However, only members who have been full members for at least 6 weeks prior to the date of the AGM (i.e. before September 14th) are eligible to vote. If you aren’t attending the Big Family Weekend please register in advance to attend the AGM at:  amazingchildren@potentialplusuk.org

At this event we will be engaging our members in a discussion about our future strategic direction. Potential Plus UK is a membership organisation. We want your voice to be heard. Come and join us for our AGM on Saturday October 26th.

Focus on Potential

News and Features from Potential Plus UK

Supporting High Learning Potential Children with Handwriting Difficulties by Rebecca Howell, Senior Education Consultant

At Potential Plus UK we see many high learning potential children who struggle with handwriting. A project a couple of years ago with Prof. Diane Montgomery [...]

Kings & Queens, Time Machines! by Kerensa L. (Aged 9)

Every June, a day full of history and pageantry takes place at Windsor Castle -  a grand procession and chapel service celebrating the Knights of the [...]

20 Questions About “Pumice Rafts” – Cross-curricular Jump-off Points for Learning

Are you a teacher, home-educator or actively involved parent or guardian of a youngster with High Learning Potential (HLP)? Then you know the importance of finding [...]

Tips For Dealing With Back To School Emotions

Now that we’re into the new school year, are there any issues unsettling your child? They Don’t Want to Get Up and Get Ready Is the [...]

Handwriting and High Learning Potential

From the Archive This article, outlining some of the handwriting problems that can affect children with high learning potential, has a particular focus on identifying neuro-developmental [...]

Surviving the Start of Secondary School

Joining secondary school is a major event and, with the autumn term beckoning, it’s possible that you will have mixed emotions about it. Whether you’re a [...]

Early Years Settings – 5 Key Factors in Choosing for Your HLP Child

Few decisions seem more important than those regarding the education of a child in our care. Even before school age, parents and carers can agonise for [...]

The HLP Diaries…Betty Books and the Lightbulb Moment

Slightly Mad Mummy: Entry 1 “Sometimes my daydreams work through the hopes, dreams, issues etc. surrounding our HLP children via the medium of painfully bad rhyming […]

“Discover Potential” Newsletter

Potential Plus UK Membership

Family Membership

£125annually
£125annually
  • We help families to understand and meet the needs of their child with high learning potential and give parents a voice. Membership also helps the charity to maintain an independent voice and allows us to support all families that are in need of help and advice.

School Membership

£75annually
£75annually
  • School membership is a package of support designed specifically for head teachers, more able or gifted and talented lead teachers and other academic staff and governors to be able to support their school and their more able students.

Professional Membership

£50annually
£50annually
  • This category of membership is designed for individuals and organisations that have a professional interest in high learning potential / gifted and talented issues, want to keep their knowledge up-to-date and have opportunities to promote their services to interested parties.
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