Chess: The Ultimate High Challenge, Low Threat Activity by Barry Hymer

Professor Barry Hymer is on the international advisory board for Dansk Skoleskak, the Danish scholastic chess organisation. He is co-writing a book on chess and mindset with two friends, including the busiest chess coach in the UK and a chess grandmaster who leads on the English Chess Federation’s Accelerator Programme for young talent. Barry is [...]

2019-06-03T12:19:32+00:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors, Focus on Potential|Tags: |

Building Empathy

Understanding Empathy Human beings and other living creatures may have felt empathy for millennia, however a word for it has only existed in the English language for just over 100 years. Around 1900, the English psychologist Edward B. Titchener first coined the term ‘empathy’, taken from the emerging new German words ‘Einfühlung’ or ‘Einfühlungsvermögen’. So, [...]

Suffragette Walking Tour by Kerensa L. (Aged 8)

Following on from Emma's blog about her mock trial as the Suffragette Mary Richardson at the Royal Courts of Justice, Young Reporter Kerensa shares with us an article she wrote when she was 8 about following a Suffragette Walking trail in London. The trail was based on walking tours discovered online (The Suffragette issue of [...]

2019-05-21T19:41:42+00:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Focus on Potential, Reviews and Visits, Young Reporters|Tags: , |

Surprising Shapes and Higher Thinking Skills

“To be equipped to work at a higher level in the long term, children with HLP [high learning potential] need to experience higher-order thinking skills; analysis, synthesis (working with several sources of information to create something new) and evaluation.” – Advice Sheet PA103 - Needs of Children with High Learning Potential Gifted children need [...]

2019-05-21T14:57:24+00:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Focus on Potential, High Learning Potential|Tags: |

Being Curious at Beaumanor Hall

The Be Curious Weekend 2019 was held May 4th-5th at historically significant Beaumanor Hall and provided a superb setting for experiential and empathetic exploration for children and their parents. The site has a rich history; the Victorian Hall was in private ownership until World War II, when the estate was requisitioned by the War Office. [...]

2019-05-21T14:04:01+00:00May 15th, 2019|Categories: Events, Focus on Potential|Tags: |

Success of Potential Plus UK’s Support for Disadvantaged Families

"Thank you for helping me get my daughter back. Without this report she would have had a mental health crisis due to school not understanding her" At Potential Plus UK we believe that children and young adults, irrespective of age and background, should have the best chances to succeed in life and fulfill their potential.  [...]

2019-05-14T10:17:46+00:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Focus on Potential, Latest News|Tags: , , |

Jeff Forshaw – The Forthcoming 2019 Cheltenham Science Festival

Jeff Forshaw is Professor of Particle Physics at Manchester University. As an ambassador for Potential Plus UK, he has supported the charity with fascinating talks at fundraising events. Here we hear from him about his participation in the forthcoming Cheltenham Science Festival, 4-9 June 2019. "Cheltenham Science Festival is one of the highest profile science [...]

2019-05-07T15:32:44+00:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors, Focus on Potential|Tags: , |

The BIG Adventure Weekend 2019

It's Time to Get Outdoors! Join us Fri 26th July until Sun 28th July on our BIG Adventure Weekend Initial Booking Deadline: 11.55pm on Wednesday 22nd May Potential Plus UK will be at PGL Liddington, Wiltshire for our BIG Adventure Weekend. This fun and sociable weekend provides an opportunity for parents and children to [...]

2019-05-01T10:58:47+00:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Events, Focus on Potential|Tags: , |

Suffragette Mock Trial by Emma H. (Aged 10)

I recently attended a Mock Trial at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. They run school workshops but we went as a home education group. The workshop is to introduce children to the basics of law and how a Trial works. This Trial was about the Suffragettes who were women in the early 1900s [...]

Fingers on Buzzers by Bobby Seagull

Maths educator Bobby Seagull is Potential Plus UK’s newest Ambassador.  Co-presenter of the podcast @MathsAppeal, and of the BBC TV Series Monkman & Seagull's Genius Guide to Great Britain he is also author of The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers and co-author of The Monkman & Seagull Quiz Book, as well as a regular contributor to [...]

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