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 as the founder’s collection of medical objects, items belonging to famous historical figures (Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale) and 100 year old x-rays. From September 2019, the new Being [...]

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, REAch2 reached out to Potential Plus UK for guidance and support. As an independent educational charity Potential Plus UK has valuable experience of working with schools and parents to [...]

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 in gifted education?’ CfEE is an independent think tank working to improve policy and practice in education globally through impartial economic research, so I welcomed the opportunity to hear [...]

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 the different profiles of high learning potential children on our website, or heard about them at our BIG Family Weekend. Here we set out in detail what an individual [...]

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+00:00July 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 picked [...]

2019-05-14T13:20:24+00:00July 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+00:00July 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, [...]

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+00:00June 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 [...]

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