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 his feelings of detachment growing up.   Looking back I suppose I always felt a little bit separate from my friends and family; it's not something that I've really [...]

2017-07-13T14:55:19+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Categories: High Learning Potential|Tags: , , , , , |

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 and integrate STEM into the curriculum and also runs Science holiday clubs in Coventry and parties throughout the West Midlands and Warwickshire.   Challenge 9: Exploring the Mariana Trench [...]

2017-07-09T18:04:39+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Categories: Challenges|Tags: , , |

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 who works to promote a more balanced view of autism. She is founder and director of New Idealist Publishing.     Challenge 8: Pattern Poem Lydia's challenge dares you [...]

2017-07-26T16:40:17+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Challenges|Tags: , , , , |

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 magazine filled with features, posters, puzzles, and exciting things to make and do.   Challenge 7: Calculating Extinction This challenge will get you scratching your cranium to work out [...]

2017-07-13T16:38:38+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Categories: Challenges, Mathematics|Tags: , , , |

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 from Dr Jonathan Hare, a physicist, science communicator and television presenter. He works as a visiting lecturer on science communication with The Creative Science Centre at the University of Sussex. [...]

2017-07-11T10:39:48+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Challenges|Tags: , , , , |

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 the Brunel Able Children’s Education (BACE) Centre which supports Talent Development. The centre’s work is based on a broadened conception of talents and gifts rather than on labelling children, [...]

2017-07-11T10:40:21+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: High Learning Potential, Mathematics|Tags: , , , , |

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 kid, Tom was regularly taking things apart to find out how they worked and making things with his Granddad and Mum. Tom credits his dyslexic mind as the source [...]

2017-06-19T13:03:24+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Categories: Challenges|Tags: , , , |

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 appear to be a ‘Straight A’ student who does well across a range of subjects and be socially well integrated with their peers. They may also often be [...]

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 of 50 challenges to tease your brain and test your grit. The challenges will be released here one or two at a time over the coming weeks. The challenges [...]

2017-07-26T16:40:01+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Categories: Challenges|Tags: , , , , |

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 seven years of postcode lottery, different definitions of who these children are and the support they will be provided. This has caused confusion, frustration and upset for countless children [...]

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