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, [...]

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: |

Professor Valsa Koshy Receives an MBE from the Queen

Professor Valsa Koshy, Emerita Professor of Education at Brunel University received her MBE from the Queen, March 2019, in recognition of her distinguished contribution to education.  I was both proud and humbled by the honour I received from Her Majesty the Queen on 22nd March  I feel it is the right time to highlight [...]

2019-04-25T10:40:39+00:00April 9th, 2019|Categories: Focus on Potential, High Learning Potential, Latest News|Tags: , |

Above and Beyond at Hawkwood College

To make the Above and Beyond Awards a reality, Potential Plus UK worked together with a host of different charities, companies and individuals, all of whom have an interest in supporting the needs of children and young adults with high learning potential, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with SEND¹. The result was a [...]

Parent Matters Workshops

Every school term, Potential Plus UK delivers Parent Matters workshops in a wide variety of educational settings and this Spring Term is no different. The workshops are aimed at the parents and carers of high potential learners and are adapted to suit the phase (primary or secondary) of the children, as well as tailored to [...]

2019-03-11T17:27:00+00:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Focus on Potential, High Learning Potential, Schools|Tags: , |

A Visit to Potential Plus UK Offices by Local MP Iain Stewart

The team at Potential Plus UK was delighted to welcome local MP Iain Stewart to their office and assessment centre in Milton Keynes. Chief Executive, Julie Taplin, had written to Iain at the time of the cancellation of the Future Talent Fund by the Department for Education, explaining the charity’s disappointment that this essential funding [...]

The Above and Beyond Awards Day Round-Up

We had a fantastic day at the first ever Above and Beyond Awards in Birmingham on February 11th 2019.  The awards celebrate parents, teachers, support staff and other professionals in the UK who go ‘above and beyond’ to help exceptional young people within the UK achieve their high learning potential. They also celebrate the achievements [...]

Get an ‘Above and Beyond’ Attitude!

"My son is really struggling. All people see is a boy they call 'clever’. But being good at Maths and Music doesn't help him with sports or writing – or making friends with the ones who pick on him exactly because he’s been labelled 'clever'. Nobody seems to take it seriously, but we really need [...]

Julie’s Diary – New Report from the Department for Education

Back in September I wrote to the Department for Education (DfE) expressing our disappointment at the cancellation of the Future Talent Fund and requesting a meeting to share Potential Plus UK’s experience and vision. Last week saw the publication of a report commissioned by the DfE on Approaches to supporting academically able, disadvantaged pupils and [...]

We Are Soooo Excited!

We are delighted to announce that the host for the Above and Beyond Awards will be the enormously popular contestant from University Challenge, Bobby Seagull. Together with Eric Monkman he went on to co-present The Genius Guide to Great Britain on BBC2 and he recently had a book published entitled The Life-changing Magic of Numbers. [...]

2018-12-05T08:36:57+00:00December 4th, 2018|Categories: Awards, High Learning Potential|Tags: , |
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