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: , , , |

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 Years Anniversary Challenge Book. Jason is also The Philosophy Man and appears as Mr Stripe in a series of videos on philosophy for young children called Spot and Stripe. [...]

2017-07-11T10:39:28+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: Challenges|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 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, French and Spanish. He also runs the Debating Society which has open competitions for novice and intermediate schools level.  Haroon has also authored Building Your Arabic Vocabulary. Challenge 3 [...]

2017-07-11T10:41:03+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Challenges|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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