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I Believe in Me!

Positive Self-Esteem for High Potential Learners – How to Help Them Believe and Thrive    Self-esteem can be summarised as the opinion we have of ourselves. […]

Metacognition and High Potential Learners

Metacognitive skills and self-regulation are being promoted in many schools at present, and rightly so. The Education Endowment Foundation’s research and analysis, chiming with findings across […]

Working Memory – A Brief Guide

What Is It? One of the brain’s executive functions, working memory is the ability to hold new information in the short term whilst it is needed […]

The Importance of Drama in the Development of Children by Rachel Lewin

Often, when choosing GCSE options at school, students open up about their dilemmas – “I want to do Drama, but it clashes with something that my […]

Rewriting the Writing Rule Book: Handwriting and High Learning Potential

As benign as pen and paper may appear to be, we have long since learned not to be fooled by the apparent innocence of the tree […]

Creative Thinking Skills: Activities for Arts to Sciences

How to Support Innovative Young Mathematicians, Artists, Writers and Scientists How can you possibly stimulate the mind of a young person who not only has high […]

Creativity of Thought

Creative thinking, concerning the innovation of new ideas and the ability to think about things in new ways, whilst sometimes seen as a welcome yet mysterious […]

Introducing Drama to Your Child by Mary Benzies

From a young age, roleplay becomes an essential learning tool for a child. As we get older, this vital, natural instinct, which has a proven track […]

Back to School Anxiety – Helping Your Child to Cope After Lockdown

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that parents in possession of a high learning potential child, with a good deal of intensity and facing the post-Covid […]

Last Minute “Triple Lock” on ‘A’ Level Exam Results – A Comment

Potential Plus UK’s main concern with Ofqual’s exam procedure and standardisation model has always been the likelihood of a negative impact on high ability students from [...]

Executive Function Skills – Simplifying a Young, High Potential Learner’s ‘Thinking’ and ‘Doing’

Introducing the executive function processes that allow the brain to plan, adapt and multitask ‘like an air traffic controller’. What Are Executive Function Skills? Executive function […]

Supporting a Child in the Five Areas of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand and manage our own emotions and the emotions of others. Its development is distinct from the development of academic […]

Emotional Intelligence and High Learning Potential

Whilst there is a common acceptance of the importance of academic aptitude when it comes to life chances, it is by no means the only kind […]

Going Back to School After Lockdown – Handling Anxiety by Cheryl Kennedy

Going back to school after such a long time away, especially in these strange times, is something that a lot of parents and children have been […]

Using Visual Arts to Foster Creative Thinking Skills

“A drawing is the three-way relationship between substance, surface and body. It activates the relationships between the eye and the hand, the hand and the tool, […]

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Super STEM Spin Doctor?

You’ve probably heard the joke “What did Watson and Crick discover? Rosalind Franklin’s notes.”? Well, at the risk of party-pooperdom by picking apart a brilliant one-liner, […]

From Sixth Form to University by Daniel Dipper, Year 13

As a Year 13 student who went through the admissions process last year, I know that applying to university can be a serious challenge. What I [...]

Urgent Improvement Needed: How the Exam Process Will Wreck the Chances of Thousands by Daniel Dipper, Year 13.

“I and thousands of students in a similar position to me across the country can only hope that Ofqual will do what every student does after […]

Leadership: Developing it Daily

“Leadership is the most intensely personal thing in the world, because it is just plain you” (Field Marshall Sir William Slim, 1957) I like this quote […]

2020 Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is Back! Potential Plus UK’s Summer Reading Challenge is open to everyone aged 18 and under and is about going that bit […]

Super STEM Soirées to Save Us from the Sorrow of Sameness

There are many great science lessons out there at the moment on that remarkable interweb contraption, and lots of great science kits and subscriptions, too, but [...]

Art: Adding Extra Colour to the High Potential Learner’s World

Art is a brilliant “think-outside-of-the-box” subject. It promotes different ways of thinking; something which is perfect for children with high learning potential. While some children may […]

Learning to Love Leadership

Leadership is one of those essential skills that doesn’t always get a huge amount of attention, and doesn’t always get a good press. Has it fallen […]

How to Kick-Start Motivation

It is a myth that high potential learners are always motivated. True, their drive and enthusiasm can be powerful; however, when motivation wanes, how can they […]

Research, Study and Revision Inspiration: Maximising A Child’s Learning Outcomes

As children grow older, they develop their ability to research independently. Knowing how to research effectively gives children with high learning potential a head start in […]

Co-Planning Learning at Parliament Hill School

This blog on co-planning learning has been written by Denise and Sophia, pupils at Parliament Hill School in London. It accompanies advice sheet S14 Empowering High […]

Curiouser and Curiouser – Activities to Encourage Curiosity

Challenge the high learning potential brain to be inquisitive, happy and flourishing. What hobbies, facts or experiences intrigue your young person? Use these as a springboard […]

Overexcitabilities in Lockdown: Sensual Overexcitability

High learning potential children, especially those who display Sensual Overexcitability, have a heightened awareness of one or all five senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. […]

Looking after your Mental Health in 2020 by Neera Dhingra, Parliament Hill School

Looking after our mental health, and the mental health of those around us, is more important than ever in 2020, as we live through tricky times [...]

Penned in Poetry Competition – Ages 12-18 – The Results

Here are the winning and recognised entries in the 12-18 Age Group. The Penned in Poetry competition was well-received with many entries received from around the […]

Penned in Poetry Competition – Ages 8-11 – The Results

Here are the winning and recognised entries in the 8-11 Age Group of the Penned in Poetry competition. The competition was well-received with many entries received […]

Penned in Poetry Competition – Ages 3-7 – The Results

Here are the winning and commended poems in the 3-7 Age Group of the Penned in Poetry competition. The competition was well-received with many entries received […]

Home Education – May 2020 – by Michael Speranza

Michael is running a vPlus Parent Workshop on Home Education on Wednesday 27th May 8-9pm.  To find out more about the workshop visit:vPlus Parents – Home […]

Flexi-Cat Diaries: An Accidentally All-The-Rage Special

When Flexi Schooling became Mainstream…Maybe…? Slightly Mad Mummy – In Slightly More Serious Mode! It goes entirely without saying that it has been, and still is, […]

Potty for Potter

Do you have a hankering for wizarding powers? Do you love to learn about potions? What would be your favourite class at Hogwarts? What magical objects […]

Overexcitabilities in Lockdown: Emotional Overexcitability

High learning potential children, especially those who display Emotional Overexcitability, tend to experience the world, and their emotions, with particularly great intensity. Whilst such intensity can […]

Supporting High Potential Learners During Home Learning – Encouraging Thinking Skills

This blog series covers several ways to support high learning potential children during home learning by making it more challenging, increasing motivation or developing thinking skills. […]

Supporting High Potential Learners During Home Learning – Supporting Motivation

This blog series covers several ways to support high learning potential children during home learning by making it more challenging, increasing motivation or developing thinking skills. […]

2.6 Challenge – Thank You!

Julie's German Challenge Thank you all Superhlpers! You super-supported Potential Plus UK in the recent 2.6 Challenge. The event was set up by the organisers of [...]

Ofqual’s Consultation On Exceptional Arrangements For Exam Grading And Assessment In 2020 – Potential Plus UK’s Response

Many thanks to all those families who responded to our survey on the Ofqual consultation about arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020, which enabled […]

Supporting High Potential Learners During Home Learning – Making Learning More Challenging

Are you worried that your child finds their schoolwork too easy? Or that they are not motivated to try at tasks? Could this be a good […]

The HLP Diaries…Betty Books and the Pandemic

Slightly Mad Mummy: Entry 5 When not charting the adventures of Flexi-cat, Slightly Mad Mummy’s alter ego, Betty Books is solving Covid-19! The streets were deserted, […]

Overexcitabilities in Lockdown: Imaginational Overexcitability

High learning potential children, especially those who display Imaginational Overexcitability, can have the most wonderfully wild imaginations and immense creativity, but they may also find their […]

The 2.6 Challenge – Steve Ramsden asks 26 Riddles in 2.6 Minutes

Please help support young people with high learning potential Follow this link https://twopointsixchallenge.justgiving.com/get-involved?charityId=70336 to donate directly to Potential Plus UK or set up your own challenge to raise [...]

Children with High Learning Potential – How to Handle Disappointment

With their heightened awareness and deep responses, children with high learning potential (HLP) may well feel disappointment more keenly. Lesley Sword, in Gifted Children: Emotionally Immature […]

The 2.6 Challenge – Jason Buckley Asks 26 Philosophical Questions in 2.6 minutes

Please help support young people with high learning potential Follow this link https://twopointsixchallenge.justgiving.com/get-involved?charityId=70336 to donate directly to Potential Plus UK or set up your own challenge to raise [...]

Calling All Superheroes: Get Involved in the 2.6 Challenge

Please get involved Follow this link https://twopointsixchallenge.justgiving.com/get-involved?charityId=70336 to donate directly to Potential Plus UK or set up your own challenge to raise funds so that we can support [...]

Apps, Screen Use and Balance for Young People with High Learning Potential

Should you encourage your high learning potential (HLP) youngster to use meaningful apps – or to put down their gadgets? The latest research is contradictory but […]

Home Education, Exam Cancellations and the Ofqual Consultation, by Michael Speranza

In a year that’s seen the terms ‘lockdown,’ ‘social distancing’ and ’PPE’ added to the common lexicon it might be tempting to view the cancellation of […]

Introducing Family Essentials Membership

During these unprecedented times Potential Plus UK is making resources and support widely available to all families and schools through our posts of activities, articles and […]

The Fabulous Flexi-Cat Diaries Coronavirus Special – Keep Calm…

Slightly Mad Mummy: Entry 3 Charting the fabulous (and fatiguing!) flexi-Fridays (and currently the rest of the week!) with my OE-rich* 8 year old (currently identifying […]

Overexcitabilities in Lockdown: Intellectual Overexcitability

High learning potential children, especially those who display Intellectual Overexcitability, are highly curious and voracious in their pursuit of knowledge in their areas of interest. This […]

Thunks

If you expect the unexpected, will the unexpected still be expected? Can you touch the wind? If there was a magic pill that meant that you […]

Grand Ideas for Garden Games

As the weather gets warmer and the school holidays progress, social distancing means that we can’t go as far as we usually might to take advantage [...]

Covid-19 Creative Challenge: Penned in Poetry Competition

Has the lockdown got your creative juices flowing? Do you find writing therapeutic? With a little more time on our hands, now is a great time […]

Overexcitabilities in Lockdown: Psychomotor Overexcitability

High learning potential children, especially those who display Psychomotor Overexcitability, can be highly energetic, always on the go and may want to be constantly engaged in […]

Developing Thinking Skills Through Board Games

Despite the millions of apps and video games that invade our everyday lives, board games (also known as tabletop games) are making a comeback to the […]

Adjusting to Life in 2020 – Routines for Positive Self-Care by Joy Morgan, Parliament Hill School

Everyone is adjusting to the rapidly changing landscape of our lives. Familiar routines are changing radically, and it is only natural to be affected, fearful and […]

10 Inspirations for Daily Walks – Social Distancing Style!

How can we make the most of our once a day out-and-about exercise during the Covid-19 outbreak? It’s hard for children to be outside and not […]

Don’t Miss…Growing Up Gifted

The series Growing Up Gifted returns to BBC2 tonight, March 25th, at 9.00p.m. with part two on Wednesday 1st April.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09s7mnh/episodes/guide This series follows six teenagers […]

Coping in the Covid Classroom

In these unprecedented times, convention is going out of the window quicker than you can say defenestration. One of those conventions is school. This is an […]

The Fabulous Flexi-Cat Lessons – A Love Letter to Sir W.

Slightly Mad Mummy: Entry 3 Charting the fabulous (and fatiguing!) flexi-Fridays with my OE-rich* 8 year old (currently identifying as a cat and a Georgian) February […]

Ask Away: How To Effectively Advocate & Speak Up For Your Child with High Learning Potential

Supporting your child with high learning potential as they develop may require you asking for extra support. Many parents can find it difficult, uncomfortable or embarrassing […]

Franz Mönks, Honorary President of ECHA – Obituary

It is with great sadness that Potential Plus UK heard today of the death of Franz Mönks, Honorary President of ECHA (the European Council for High […]

Building Connections: Encouraging Deeper Learning by Rebecca Howell, Potential Plus UK Senior Education Consultant

Can you think of a time where you really learned something deeply? What was it? What did it feel like? What made the learning deep? One [...]

4 Ways That Being A Trustee Of Potential Plus UK Set Me Up For Success – Ben Ramsden

In 2013, I was voted onto the Board of Trustees for Potential Plus UK, after responding to a request for interested individuals to apply. I sat […]

The 2020 Membership Survey Results Are In!

The results of our 2020 Membership Survey are in! 117 of you responded, for which we are very grateful, giving your views about parenting high learning […]

The Fabulous Flexi-Cat Lessons* – Learn from Experience

Slightly Mad Mummy: Entry 2 Charting the fabulous (and fatiguing!) flexi-Fridays with my OE-rich** 8 year old (currently identifying as a cat and a Georgian) *Oh […]

My Musical Journey Continues to Go from Strength to Strength by Emmerson Sutton (Age 13)

Young Reporter, Emmerson, is a very active member of the community. He is a Young Advisor to the Young Mayor of Lewisham, a Young Reporter for […]

HLP Parenting: “Can’t Cope?” – Try Nurturing A Growth Mindset

We all sometimes wail “I CAN’T cope!”, “I am at the END of my patience!”, or “I AM A FAILURE in the face of a child […]

The Importance of Giving Children Quiet Time to Think and Write – A Member’s Viewpoint by Tracey Chippendale-Holmes

In this series we mine the wealth of lived experience and invite members to share their thoughts with us – perhaps through an article, advice, sharing […]

HLP Parenting: Letting Your Guilt Go

While your child with high learning potential (HLP) often gives you the impression that they can never squeeze enough out of their day, you sometimes feel […]

Ofsted Reports – New Study Shows 44% of Schools Needed Change to More Able Provision

Ofsted inspection reports are just one tool parents use when deciding what school would be a good fit for their child. Potential Plus UK is a […]

Potential Plus UK – Going ‘Above and Beyond’ in 2019

The Above and Beyond Awards took place a year ago today. The awards celebrate parents, teachers, support staff and other professionals in the UK who go [...]

Building on Success – The Above and Beyond Awards One Year On

It’s been one year since we saw the inaugural Above and Beyond Awards. So, what has happened since then? The Above and Beyond Awards were created [...]

The Tunnel of Adventure – by Adam Rafael Holmes (Aged 10)

Potential Plus UK Young Reporter Adam Rafael Holmes has had an eventful 2019. In February he was the recipient of the Above and Beyond Young Person’s […]

Do You Embrace “Geek” and “Nerd”?

Children with high learning potential can find themselves the targets of bullying; taunted with names like “nerd”, “geek” or “weirdo”. In December, psychology lecturer Dr. Sonja […]

Meteora by Iona Mandal (Aged 13)

This Christmas holiday, I visited Meteora, a rock formation in central Greece. It hosts one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of six Eastern Orthodox [...]

10 Questions about Mindset and High Learning Potential

How to Understand Fixed Mindset and Encourage Growth Mindset in High Potential Learners The buzzwords ‘growth mindset’ and ‘fixed mindset’ have caused a stir since 2006, […]

Fabulous February: Feel Good Ideas

Getting up on dark mornings, possibly craving more sleep, then braving the cold outside, can make even the most energetic child with high learning potential feel […]

That’s My Personality

If you’ve attended one of the Big Family Weekends, or an Explorer Group event, you may have noticed that our children can be completely different in [...]

Seasons Greetings 2019 – And A Few Statistics!

2019 has been another busy year for Potential Plus UK We took 380 booked advisory calls We answered over 5,000 initial enquiry calls We carried out […]

Creative Thinking – ‘Go for a Burst!’

An ice-cool easy way to boost creative thinking skills while you get up to speed with the experts. “The Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling said: ‘The [...]

Three-Player Chess by Antonio B. (Aged 10)

  Introduction I think that three-player chess is a great game to play, because not only are you being attacked from one side, but from another […]

Exploring How to Support Disadvantaged and SEND Learners with High Learning Potential

Over the last month Potential Plus UK has been busy highlighting the needs and exploring ways to support disadvantaged learners with high learning potential, as well [...]

Santa’s Advent Adventures 2019

Santa is off on his Advent Adventures checking out potential routes for Christmas Eve, with a few detours along the way. Where will he go, who […]

The Learning Pit and the Pomodoro Technique by Leonieke Boogaard

In 1994, biology teacher Leonieke Boogaard discovered that all four of her children are high potential learners. Since then she has worked as a volunteer in [...]

Oblivion by Finn A.H. (Aged 10)

The sirens blare and we all look up from our work, wondering what’s going on. Lily’s the first to remember. “Quickly!” she says, dragging me toward […]

Inspirational Figures: Remarkable Women in STEM

Where is your place in centuries of STEM? All of these individuals are remarkable and span three centuries of Science leading to…today’s STEM-obsessed or Arts/Humanities-focused youngster! […]

Design It (B)Right!

Although many schools, in a bid to raise achievement in compulsory subjects, have cut GCSE Design & Technology from their syllabus, it’s the subject that brings […]

Big Family Weekend 2019 – Family Fortunes Quiz

Saturday evening entertainment at Potential Plus UK's Big Family Weekend saw us running a Family Fortunes Quiz. However, we didn't use just any old answers - [...]

The Big Family Weekend 2019 – The Review!

That’s a wrap on another successful BIG Family Weekend (BFW).  It was great to welcome parents and children to Ken Stimpson Community School in Peterborough on [...]

There’s No Such Thing As ‘Gifted’ – A Reflection

Last week, a video by Professor Valsa Koshy of Brunel University went out to 25,000 schools in England entitled 7 Steps Parents Can Take to Help […]

What Is Ofsted Looking For In Schools That Will Benefit Our Young People With High Learning Potential?

Ofsted is the inspection body for schools in England Back in March this year I wrote about Ofsted’s consultation on its proposed Education Inspection Framework and […]

Flying High: Securing Levels 9-7 at GCSE by Joy Morgan, Parliament Hill School

Joy Morgan is the Specialist Leader of Education at Parliament Hill School, London.  Parliament Hill School received the Above and Beyond Awards Effective Provision in School […]

Summer Reading Challenge 2019 – The Reviews

It’s time for the Summer Reading Challenge 2019 Reviews! We asked our members to read and review a minimum of five books that they chose as […]

5 Ways to Offset Climate Angst

From ‘Party Bags’ to Psychology  Climate change concerns are now being brought into the daily lives of young children. With demonstrations actively seeking the involvement of […]

F1’s Greatest : Lewis Hamilton – by Benjamin S. (Aged 10)

When he finished the Monaco Grand Prix in 1st place with a flat tyre (!), Lewis Hamilton became only the second Brit after Nigel Mansell to [...]

To Plateau or Soar? Helping Children with High Learning Potential Forge Ahead

Being far ahead academically is a trait shared by many children with high learning potential (HLP). They surprise you with a depth of specialist knowledge in […]

Hawkwood College – An Autumn Conference

What do Ofsted’s new education framework; Potential Plus UK’s High Learning Potential Best Practice Award for Schools; acceleration reports; Bloom’s Taxonomy; Neihart and Betts; and the [...]

The Big Family Weekend 2019 – Programme

The Big Family Weekend Is On Its Way!  October 26th-27th  Venue - Ken Stimpson Community School in Peterborough The BIG Family Weekend is the largest of [...]

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 […]

Operation Squirrel – Mission Accomplished!

The Mission: “A spy has infiltrated Bletchley Park and is sending messages to their handler via a secret wireless access point somewhere in the grounds. Break […]

Dr. George Betts – An Influential Leader in Gifted Education – Obituary

Potential Plus UK was saddened to hear of the death of Dr. George Betts on August 3rd 2019. George served on the Board of Directors for [...]

Tips Wanted – Bobby Seagull’s Rubik’s Cube Summer Challenge

Bobby Seagull needs your help. This maths teacher and TV maths educator; University Challenge alumnus; presenter of Monkman and Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain (a new [...]

Rain, Rain, Go Away…And It Did! – The BIG Adventure Weekend 2019

July 27th-28th. The BIG Adventure Weekend is a fun and sociable experience from Potential Plus UK, where both parents and children take part in outdoor and [...]

Operation Squirrel – A Bletchley Park Event – August 10th

A spy has infiltrated Bletchley Park and is sending messages to their handler via a secret wireless access point somewhere in the grounds. We need your [...]

We’re In! Welcome to Our New Home

It is amazing to think that it is already a fortnight since we moved into The Mansion at Bletchley Park.  It has certainly been an eventful [...]

Apollo 50

This week we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing on July 20th. Do you know lots about the moon? Would you survive a [...]

50 Top Tips for Sleep Problems in Children

Tried and Tested Tips from the ‘Parenting High Potential’ Group Potential Plus UK has a very active Facebook group for parents and carers of ‘HLP’ (high [...]

How Animals and Birds Relax Me – Luca W. (Aged 11)

Luca, aged 11, struggles with colour sensitivity. Some shades of white can help him feel better, including the colour of his doves. In this article and […]

Congratulations to Radhika and Andrea

Many of you may know Potential Plus UK Senior Assessor Andrea Anguera and Potential Plus UK Assessor Radhika Rajbans, long-term members of Potential Plus UK. Some [...]

Grow Their Giftedness: Tips and Activities for Children with High Learning Potential

Your child has such a passion for learning that sometimes you feel that you just can’t keep up. What do you do next? Not sure? Dip [...]

Potential Plus UK Is On The Move…

We are delighted to announce that we are moving on July 1st to The Mansion at Bletchley Park - home of the Codebreakers. We believe that [...]

The 2019 Potential Plus UK Summer Reading Challenge

It’s time to get reading in our annual Summer reading challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge is about going that bit deeper.  Children and Young People read […]

HLP Parenting: Sleep Deprivation in Parents

A high proportion of High Learning Potential (HLP) children experience unusual sleep patterns. These can include insomnia, active dreams, sleep talking, sleep walking, frequent waking or […]

Young Person’s Guide to Journalism

In May, as part of our Be Curious Weekend, we ran a one-day workshop for members aged 12+, introducing young writers to the exciting and evolving [...]

15 Great Family Days Out for High Learning Potential Teenagers

Wellcome Collection, London FREE  www.wellcomecollection.org Called “the free destination for the incurably curious”, the Wellcome Collection has all things quirky to appeal to gifted teens, such […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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” […]

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 […]

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 [...]

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. […]

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 […]

Gut Microorganisms – Are You Feeding the Yeast Monster? by Luca W. (Aged 11)

Have You Got a Stomach Ache or Other Gut Related Symptoms? It might be due to micro-organisms in your gut called yeast – not the same […]

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket!

There are many great inventors in the world who are famed for one discovery yet chose not to stop there. Ideas were taken further and developed […]

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.  […]

Be Curious Weekend – 4th-5th May, 2019

The Potential Plus UK Be Curious Weekend takes place Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th May 2019. This fantastic activities weekend for families includes a Journalism […]

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 […]

Bobby Seagull Becomes A Potential Plus UK Ambassador

We are delighted that Bobby Seagull has agreed to become an Ambassador for Potential Plus UK. This enormously popular contestant from University Challenge recently hosted our […]

The Romanian Master of Mathematics Competition 2019 by Tommy Walker Mackay (Aged 16)

In February 2019 I represented the UK at the Romanian Master of Mathematics (RMM), an international competition held annually in Bucharest, Romania. In this report I […]

Ofsted Consultation on the Education Inspection Framework – A Call to Action

Ofsted is consulting on its proposals for changes to the Education Inspection Framework, which comes into effect in September 2019. The Consultation Closes at 11.45pm on [...]

The HLP Diaries…Sink or Swim

Bemused Parent: Entry 5 “I’d like to sign up for extreme caving. It’ll be so cool – you get to wade and lie in cold water!” […]

Football’s Legal Dilemma: The Emiliano Sala Case – by Benjamin S. (Aged 10)

On the 21st January 2019, a footballer who cost Cardiff City, a team in the Premier League, £15 million, tragically died in a plane crash over […]

HLP Parenting: Understand Your Challenges

When your baby starts to show signs of being bright and energetic, you might feel relieved and proud. As he or she grows into an opinionated, […]

Badger and the Great Glasses Vault – by Luca W. (Aged 11)

Introduction Hi, my stories are based on a wood with woodland creatures living in it but no ordinary animals here, as you will soon find out!  [...]

Bodies: Beyond the Superficial

Vast, complex, puzzling... those descriptions of the human body might also fit a child with high learning potential (HLP). The body and its health provide an [...]

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 […]

Review of The Hound of The Baskervilles by Adam R.H. (Aged 9)

A play by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for the Peepolykus, by Bersted Arts The Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, Saturday 9 February 2019 […]

HLP Parenting: Wellbeing for Carers

Key Points for Parental Wellbeing Prioritise your emotional and physical health. Do not feel guilty if you need a break. Ensure your child is safely cared […]

How to Stand Up to Your Head Teacher by Lola P. (Aged 6)

Do you think that your school has got their discipline right? Lola, aged 6, reflects on the “Triple Rs” in her school. At school they have […]

Not Such A Show-Off

Word has got around that your son or daughter is “really great at maths”, or perhaps “top at science” and it’s proving tricky for your child […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ball Games, Pets and Crisp Packets! – Crafty Up-Cycling and Easy Re-Using

Sports When you look in your cupboard, do you have a pile of things like old football boots, tennis balls or dance costumes? Do you get [...]

Not So Horrible History

Who can remember their school history lessons? The chances are that you may recall learning facts from textbooks and rarely going on an actual trip. But [...]

REAch2Trust Conference – More Able Pupils

After identifying through Ofsted reports that a significant number of the 61 primary schools in the trust needed to improve provision for their More Able Pupils, […]

Recognising Excellent Practice for High Potential Learners

At the start of this academic year Potential Plus UK launched its High Learning Potential Best Practice Award. It is designed to enable schools to demonstrate […]

The Globe Theatre by Benjamin S. (aged 10)

In January 2019, I started the year off with some history by visiting "The Globe", a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s theatre! It is on the south bank [...]

Multimedia Inspiration – Using Film to Inspire Cross-Curricular HLP Learning

Keeping a  child with High Learning Potential (HLP) engaged with the curriculum can require the interweaving of multiple subjects, levels and brain regions at the same [...]

Explore Your World

There’s so much about geography to excite a very able child, simply because many aspects will appeal to their curiosity. They may have a real interest [...]

Turning Your Child’s Talent Into Achievement

From the Archive This article was originally issued in the Spring 2012 edition of the G and T Focus Magazine When parents first contact us, after […]

Musical Youth

Learning music is often recommended for children with high learning potential (HLP) – not just as an absorbing hobby but because it encourages focus and relaxation, […]

From Disorganised to Organised

From the Archive This article was originally issued in the Summer 2012 edition of GT Focus. References to NAGC refer to the previous name of Potential […]

Creative Calendars and Calculations

You can stop and think about how we measure time on any day in the year. You could make something special using crafts, science, maths or […]

Cybertron by Lola P. (Aged 6)

In November we featured NanoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month in Focus on Potential and 6 year old Lola P. took up the challenge.  Written and […]

Congratulations to Professor Valsa Koshy

Potential Plus UK is delighted that the achievements of Professor Valsa Koshy have been recognised through the award of an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s […]

Kindness is Contagious – Pass it On!

From the Archive This article was originally issued in the Winter 2017 edition of the Ignis e-zine for ages 12-18 Orly Wahba is the founder of […]

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 […]

The HLP Diaries…It’s Christmas!

Bemused Parent: Entry 4 It’s the time of year when parents hold their breath in anticipation of their child’s brilliant star turn in the limelight. A […]

Box of Delights

From the Archive This article was originally issued in the Winter 2016 edition of the Ignis e-zine for ages 12-18 (who knew Doctor Who would ever […]

Addressing the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom by Drs. Eleonoor van Gerven

Drs. Eleonoor van Gerven studied pedagogy at Nijmegen University (The Netherlands). She is managing director of Slim! Educatief, a private teacher education institute at post graduate […]

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 […]

Raise Free Funds For Us This Christmas

We love the fundraising initiatives and activities that Potential Plus UK and its members hold throughout the year. If you want to see what fun we [...]

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 […]

Inspirational Figures: For Dual or Multiple Exceptional Learners – Millie Bobby Brown

10% of High Learning Potential (HLP) children face significant personal hurdles, according to the most recent government statistics analysed by Potential Plus UK. These HLP learners […]

Top Tinkering

Following on from the Engineer It article, this introduction to tinkering for younger children suggests how you can connect your child to design, which is one […]

Friendships…Why Don’t I Fit In?

From the Archive This article was originally issued in the Spring 2008 edition of the NAGC Magazine “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make […]

Engineer It!

2018 is the Year of Engineering, which celebrates the everyday role of engineering through design, building and using structures. Children are never too young to enjoy […]

Domino Art – Activities and Facts about this Fascinating Craze!

What is Moving, Clicking, Exciting Domino Art?  Domino Artists from around the world take part in Domino Shows with people who love creating domino structures as […]

Summer Reading Challenge 2018 – The Reviews

In the Summer Reading Challenge 2018 we asked our members to read and review a minimum of five books that they chose as a challenge to […]

Modern Learning Trends – Three Motivational Ideas for a Home or School Setting

When it comes to motivating youngsters to learn, new approaches are always of interest. Here are three ideas that value each student and their individual interests. […]

The Big Family Weekend – Autumn 2018

October 20th-21st saw Potential Plus UK at the Ken Stimpson Community School, Peterborough, for our annual Big Family Weekend.  Thank you to everyone who came and […]

But I Hate Losing!

Many high potential children have a deep understanding of topics, may be at the top of their year group or always win at strategic board games. […]

Julie’s Diary – The Launch of the CFEE Report “What Works in Gifted Education?”

It was with great interest that I attended the launch last week of the latest report from the Centre for Education Economics (CfEE) entitled:  ‘What works […]

Firework Activities!

Whether you love or hate fireworks, let them spark your ideas…  Some children find fireworks exciting, colourful and full of amazing science. Other youngsters dislike them […]

Screens and Reading Superheroes – Embracing New Formats with High Learning Potential Readers

Why do we so often feel it is better for children to get stuck into a ‘proper book’ rather than clutch comics or read from any […]

Stoke Up the Science!

Insects, stars, the periodic table… your child is super-keen on science and just has to know more. Indeed, their passion for the subject far exceeds what […]

Big Family Weekend Creative Scholarship Tickets Now Available

Breaking News – thanks to specific funding received for creative activities we are able to provide Creative Scholarship tickets at our Big Family Weekend event in […]

Tips for Budding Poets by Joshua Seigal

Award-winning poet and educator, Joshua Seigal, uses poetry to develop literacy skills and inspire confidence and creativity in communication. Joshua will be running creative writing sessions and […]

When Excited Is Overexcited

Whoa! Your child slides down the sofa, thumps onto the floor and starts rolling around. But you’re  exasperated and mentally exhausted trying to keep up with […]

What’s a Valid Way to Select Students for a Gifted Programme? By Drs. Eleonoor W.J.M. van Gerven

Drs. Eleonoor van Gerven studied pedagogy at Nijmegen University (The Netherlands). She is managing director of Slim! Educatief, a private teacher education institute at post graduate […]

Julie’s Diary – Wednesday 3rd October – High European Learning Potential

Potential Plus UK’s Chief Executive, Julie Taplin, is participating in a gathering of HELP – High European Learning Potential – a group of individuals and organisations […]

Parents Welcome a Helping Hand – Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education

It was with great interest that I read this article by the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, on ‘Children’s literacy and narrowing the early […]

BIG Family Weekend and Enigma Challenge 20th-21st October 2018 – Find Your Tribe!

Potential Plus UK’s BIG Family Weekend takes place in Peterborough on October 20th-21st.  Details of the programme and how to book is available at https://pplusuk.eventhq.co.uk/big-family-weekend-2018 Finding peers […]

BIG Family Weekend and Enigma Challenge 20th-21st October 2018 -The Adult Bit!

Potential Plus UK’s BIG Family Weekend takes place in Peterborough on October 20th-21st.  Details of the programme and how to book is available at https://pplusuk.eventhq.co.uk/big-family-weekend-2018 The BIG […]

The HLP Diaries…Call Me, Maybe?

Bemused Parent: Entry 3 We’re in the park for a playdate and the talk is all about mobile phones. Ada’s friend, Olivia, has just acquired her […]

Sweetie Secrets

Candyfloss and lettered sticks of rock are two tasty treats that seem impossible to create! – How do You think these sweet snacks might be cleverly […]

Launch of High Learning Potential Best Practice Award for Schools

This week we launched our High Learning Potential Best Practice Award for schools. The award enables schools in any phase to demonstrate their commitment to supporting […]

Cancellation of the Future Talent Fund

It was a huge disappointment to hear about the Department for Education’s decision to cancel the Future Talent Fund, which had been announced by Justine Greening […]

Inspirational Figures: For Dual or Multiple Exceptional Learners – Ellie Simmonds, Stephen Wiltshire and Kim Peek

10% of High Learning Potential (HLP) children face significant personal hurdles, according to the most recent government statistics analysed by Potential Plus UK. These HLP learners […]

Autumn is Awesome!

Autumn’s rich colour palette and abundance of natural materials calls out for a pre-school child’s involvement. Learn about finding evidence, gain observation skills and have a […]

Supporting the Differing Profiles of Children with High Learning Potential

From the Archive This article was originally issued in the Spring 2013 edition of the print edition of Focus on Potential Members may have read about […]

Dublin Hosts a High Ability Conference

by Julie Taplin, Chief Executive, Potential Plus UK   Every two years the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) organises a conference for the sharing of […]

Aargh, They’re Asynchronous!

One moment your four-year-old child is eloquently telling you about negative numbers, the next they’re in in a toddler rage because you want them to get […]

Zero Waste Week

What is Zero Waste Week? ‘Zero’ means nothing, nought, 0, zilch… ‘Waste’ is rubbish, garbage, left-overs or trash. Things people throw away. The ‘Week’ can happen […]

Mission Intelligence Report Summer 2018

TOP SECRET This report contains information about Potential Plus UK’s Summer 2018 Mission Intelligence The Date:            Saturday 11th August, 2018 The Mission:     To have a fun-filled, […]

Downtime Activity

A downtime activity sounds like a contradiction in terms. However, how do you persuade the active body and mind of a child with high learning potential […]

Wonderful Words!

You might have noticed that your young child with high learning potential (HLP) is crazy about reading, but how do they feel about writing? Some adore […]

2018 Summer Reading Challenge

The Potential Plus UK Summer Reading Challenge is about going that bit deeper.  Children read and review a minimum of five books that they have chosen […]

Book Recommendations from 2017 from One High Learning Potential Child to Another…

The Potential Plus UK 2017 Summer Reading Challenge asked children to read and review a minimum of five books that they chose as a challenge to […]

The HLP Diaries…Sleep Deprivation Unit

Bemused Parent: Entry 2 Dad and I could do with an early night. I don’t mean sleep but sitting down by 9pm, to read, chat or […]

Bright Sparks – An ITV News Focus

Congratulations to Nathan and Philippe, members of Potential Plus UK. This week they have featured in a great series from ITV News Central called Bright Sparks, following [...]

Fifty Writing Competition Results – Spark

2017 saw the 50th birthday of Potential Plus UK and to celebrate we held a writing competition across our ezines, based – naturally – on the […]

Fifty Writing Competition Results – Fuse

2017 saw the 50th birthday of Potential Plus UK and to celebrate we held a writing competition across our ezines, based – naturally – on the […]

Why Boredom Could be Good for High Learning Potential Children

From the Archive This article, written by former Chief Executive, Denise Yates, was originally issued in the Spring 2013 edition of Focus on Potential. 1. Introduction […]

Fizzy Drink Fuss!

Why have a ‘bubble shortage’ and ‘the sugar question’ been in the news? Not Enough Bubbles? Most of our favourite fizzy drinks get their fizz when […]

Big Adventure Weekend 2018

“We can’t even tell you how much these three days meant for them and for us. All the experiences, all their achievements (and failures), their new […]

Working Around Sensory Sensitivities

High Learning Potential children often have sensory sensitivities in one or more areas. So how can you best prepare for anything from a walk outdoors, indoor […]

Summer Number Fun

A strong level of mathematical understanding can be typical of young HLP children. Despite this summer’s scorching temperatures, your children may well not let up on […]

The Milton Keynes Go Bright Charity Fun Ride 2018

Sogginess, a bit of detective work and dashes of colour are just a few of the highlights of a fantastic fundraising event described here by one […]

What Makes It Summer?

How do you know when summer has arrived? Without using a calendar, can you find any clues? Be a detective and have fun problem-solving this challenge! […]

How Eco-Friendly Are You?

From the Archive This article was originally included in the Summer 2017 ezine Ignis Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – almost everyone was introduced to the 3Rs in […]

Gifted Teenagers – I Could Scream!

From the Archive This article originally appeared in the April 2007 print edition of NAGC Newsletter. Resources have been updated in 2018. ‘Our deepest fear is […]

Mighty Memory Challenges – Pre-School

Top Tips Break memory tasks into simple steps, with straightforward instructions and then make sure that your child has mastered them before trying something more complicated. […]

The HLP Diaries – “Everything is Awesome” ?

Lego Mum: Entry 1 Lego (other brick building systems are available) has always been one of those things I could take or leave. Eight-year-old Hugo on […]

Going Green (Literally!)

“We have met the little green men from outer space, and they are us.” (Village of the Chosen) In 1983, Alan Dean Foster published a science [...]

Kitchen Play

Is your HLP child fascinated by your kitchen? Maybe they’re curious about the ingredients that you have to hand, as well as how and when you […]

Making YouTube Videos by Daniel Dipper (aged 14)

From the Archive This article by Young Reporter, Daniel Dipper was originally published in the Summer 2017 edition of the Potential Plus UK ezine Ignis Online […]

Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter – Active Learning with the Skills Builder Framework

Decades before Harry came to Britain, there lived another Potter with magical talent; author, illustrator, botanist and conservationist, Beatrix Potter! Harness the popularity of the Peter […]

The Power of Music: Its Impact on the Intellectual Development of Children

From the Archive This article, written by Professor Susan Hallam, was originally issued in the Summer 2010 print edition of NAGC Magazine.  Resources have been updated […]

The HLP Diaries …and then there’s the books

Bemused Parent: Entry 1 I’ve decided to start this diary, so that in time I’ll be able to look back and see just how crazy life […]

Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is a tool used to capture and organise thoughts in visual form. Whether used for thinking about new topics or revising, it helps boost […]

Cabinet of Curiosities

The things desyred from those parts be theese in primis On Ellophants head with the teeth In it very larg On River horses head of the […]

Do You Agree?

“Dogs are better than cats!” “Maths is brilliant!” “You watch too much TV!” -Hmmmm…do you agree? Every day there will be times when you don’t agree […]

The Meaning of Words by Hannah Mehr (aged 13)

From the Archive  This article by Young Reporter, Hannah Mehr was originally published in the Winter 2016 edition of the Potential Plus UK ezine Ignis The […]

Are You an Oulipian?

“Oulipians are rats who build the labyrinth from which they try to escape” – Raymond Queneau, OuLiPo founder Have you ever done any slow writing? Did […]

Labyrinths For All Learners

Bring calm and focus to every learning area with a labyrinth. Use ‘lateral thinking’ skills to tailor a journey for a High Learning Potential (HLP) child. […]

Incredible Insects

Now that Spring is warming up, and flowers are appearing, insects are more numerous as well. Introducing children to minibeasts not only teaches them about how […]

Wanted – A Skills Builder Focus Group

Does your child’s school Skills Build?  In the current education system, many children are missing out on learning the essential “soft” skills of life – interpersonal, […]

Charity aiding social mobility for Generation Gifted

The BBC2 series ‘Generation Gifted’ has highlighted the plight of very able young people from disadvantaged backgrounds  who often don’t have the self confidence and world […]

Challenge 20: Origami Challenge

The next challenge in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series is on a much-loved favourite of many of our members – Origami! Did […]

Challenge 19: Keeping Secrets!

Natasha Riley and Thomas Briggs of the Bletchley Park Trust kindly provided next challenge in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series. They work […]

Challenge 18: Around the World in 50 Days

The next challenge in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series was devised by Zuleika Gilby, Potential Plus UK’s Events Coordinator. She says, “There […]

Challenge 17: Prisoners in the Sand

Adrian Harbour offers two traditional puzzles for our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series. Adrian was a child with high learning potential and would […]

50th Birthday Writing Competition

What do you think of when you hear the word Fifty? To celebrate Potential Plus UK’s 50th Birthday we’re holding a writing competition on the theme […]

Challenges 15 & 16: Mythical Mazes and Ruling the World

The next challenges in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book are A-maze-ing! The first one comes from Christopher Berg of Amazeing Art, a website […]

Challenge 14: Sock Challenge

Mandy Beck McKim challenges you to get crafty with the next challenge in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book. Mandy creates characters and their movements, […]

Challenge 13: The Diffy Square Challenge

Rob Eastaway challenges you with Diffy Squares in the next installment in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book. Rob is an author and speaker, […]

Challenges 11 & 12: Rethinking An Everyday Task

Fixperts is to thank for the next challenge in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series. Some of you may remember Fixperts from the workshop […]

Detachment

This blog is written by Lee Collins, an Ambassador for Potential Plus UK. He talks honestly here, as a former child with high learning potential, about […]

Challenge 10: Can You Solve It?

The next challenge in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series is set by Alex Bellos who writes a maths blog and a puzzle blog […]

Challenge 9: Exploring the Mariana Trench

The next challenge in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series comes from Kirsty Bertenshaw, founder and director of STEMtastic which aims to initiate […]

Challenge 8: Pattern Poem

Lydia Andal, author of Am I Autistic? provides the next challenge in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series. Lydia an autistic British Journalist/Author and Advocate […]

Challenge 7: Calculating Extinction

The next challenge in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series is provided by Kate Snowdon, staff writer at National Geographic Kids – a monthly […]

Challenges 5 & 6: Heads or Tails

Jason Buckley, Director of Studies at Gift Courses which provides day and residential courses for exceptionally able children, offers the next challenges from our 50 Challenges for 50 […]

Challenge 4: The Importance of Being Bright!

The fourth challenge from our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book has two parts. We hope you have fun tackling it this weekend! It comes […]

Nurturing Mathematical Promise

Professor of Education and Director of Brunel Able Children’s Education Centre, Valsa Koshy, writes for us on Nurturing Mathematical Promise. Prof Koshy is co-founder and director of […]

Challenge 3: Jangli

The next challenge from our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book comes from Haroon Shirwani of the Eton College Modern Languages Department where he teaches Arabic, […]

Challenge 2: Telepathic Texting

The second challenge from our celebratory 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book comes from Tom Pellereau, Inventor and Winner of BBC’s The Apprentice in 2011. As a […]

The Misidentification & Misdiagnosis of Gifted Children

This article was written by a Potential Plus UK volunteer who wishes to remain anonymous. The above average ability child found in most classes, may often […]

Challenge 1: Creative Writing

2017 sees the 50th anniversary of Potential Plus UK. In celebration of this and in collaboration with wonderful contributors, we have put together a book chock-full […]

Which Political Party Cares Most for the High Learning Potential Child?

It is now seven years since the national framework for gifted and talented children was dismantled by the then incoming government. Since then we have had […]

Why I Support High Learning Potential Children

Lee Collins, Ambassador for Potential Plus UK, writes about his reasons for supporting children with high learning potential. As this is my first blog I thought […]

Why Are We Talking Apples and Pears?

I was always taught that it is only by understanding the past that we can learn for the future. In preparation for our 50th birthday celebrations […]

Belonging and High Learning Potential Children

The desire for humans to belong is said to be such a fundamental human motivation that there are severe emotional consequences of not belonging (Baumeister and […]

The Gift of an Award?

The Gift of an Award? We are delighted to win a Social Care Award this year as the Best Nurture Initiative for Gifted and Talented Youth […]

6 Important Ways for Parents to Nurture Children with High Learning Potential

This is a companion post to: 6 Important Reasons to Nurture Children with High Learning Potential. The one thing that high learning potential children share is […]

6 Important Reasons to Nurture Children with High Learning Potential

The one thing that high learning potential children share is the ability to learn quickly when they are enthused, not stressed and not being affected by […]

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