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, experimenting with knitting, crochet and embroidery techniques. She has created Wired, Wild and Alive, a sensory magical experience for children to explore and a menagerie of wonderful creatures to [...]

2017-07-13T16:37:18+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Categories: Challenges|Tags: , , |


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 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 for the Guardian and frequently speaks on maths at conferences, festivals, in schools and in companies. His maths blog won the prize for Best Science Blog 2016 awarded by [...]

2017-07-13T16:38:48+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Categories: Challenges, Mathematics|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 [...]

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 it would be worthwhile setting out the reasons why I became an ambassador for Potential Plus UK.  And like all good ideas of mine everything was going to plan [...]

2017-07-11T10:42:34+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Categories: High Learning Potential|Tags: , , , , , |

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 this year, a small group of  volunteers over the past few years has been going through every set of Trustee minutes and Board papers since 1967; no mean feat! [...]

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