February 15-26. The vPlus Festival is an online festival from Potential Plus UK, full of workshops, webinars and discussions for young people with enquiring minds, their families and schools.

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[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] For many children of high ability, school feels very much like being a square peg in a round hole. So what are the alternatives? Join parents, Nicola and Michael Speranza, who home educated their daughter until 2020 (when she moved back into full-time education to do her ‘A’ levels). Discover the legalities and practicalities of stepping outside of the school system and look at what might be the future of home education in England. This session includes opportunities for Q&A / general discussion about home education - you could even ask about how to cope with being your child's full-time taxi driver! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenters [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="16690" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Michael and Nicola Speranza [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Michael...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Many studies have shown that there are some essential skills we need to be best set for success in life. As parents, our responsibility lies in supporting our children, helping them to build these skills and preparing them as best we can to stand on their own two feet. In this session, Potential Plus UK and Skills Builder will present to you a number of those skills and how you can support your child’s development of them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="16686" img_size="full"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenters [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="16687" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Hannah Senior (Skills Builder) and Pantéa Shafie (Potential Plus UK) [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text] Hannah is passionate about providing all young people with equal opportunities and believes that developing essential skills is the most...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Highly able neurodivergent children (including dual or multiple exceptional (DME)), may have an innate heightened intensity, sensitivity and hyper-reactivity and have not developed emotional regulation skills yet, which may sometimes lead to unhelpful behaviours. These may present as being grumpy, lashing out, overly worrying, sleep or food issues, picking fights or emotional withdrawal. Children may even display characteristics associated with psychological disorders which we call narrowing behaviours. Narrowing behaviours may limit children’s freedom to develop, affect their courage to dream and ultimately impact their ability to achieve their personal, intellectual and emotional aims. This workshop will grow your understanding of where these behaviours stem from and will include tactics about how you can react constructively when your child...

Each day, during the festival, we will be posting a Lego Challenge, Festival-goers will be able to find them on the noticeboard. We look forward to seeing photographs of your creations which will be included on the Lego Gallery. This event runs from 9.00am to 5.00pm....

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Does your child have both high learning potential and special educational needs or disabilities? This workshop will consider ways parents can support young people with dual or multiple exceptionalities (DME). We will talk about finding out more about your child’s profile, how to incorporate your child’s strengths and interests into their learning, strategies to support sensitivities and challenges such as executive functioning, attention difficulties, slow processing, sensory processing difficulties and low self-esteem.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="12929" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Rebecca Howell [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Rebeca is Potential Plus UK's Senior Education Advisor and Director of the DME Trust, a collaboration between Potential Plus UK and nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs).  Rebecca has overall responsibility for...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]An informal discussion session between parents, trustees and staff of Potential Plus UK about the theme of raising well-rounded children with high learning potential. Potential Plus UK online Fireside Chats are informal discussions which focus on topics requested by parents and carers. The chats provide opportunities for parents to explore some common issues for high potential learners, to ask questions, and to share ideas and tips, they are hosted by Potential Plus UK’s trustees and staff who have wide experience of helping families of children with high learning potential. This event will not be available as a video.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="14030" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Potential Plus UK Staff and Trustees [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Potential Plus UK online Fireside...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]An informal discussion session between parents, trustees and staff of Potential Plus UK on the theme of Starting at a New School. Potential Plus UK online Fireside Chats are informal discussions which focus on topics requested by parents and carers. The chats provide opportunities for parents to explore some common issues for high potential learners, to ask questions, and to share ideas and tips, they are hosted by Potential Plus UK’s trustees and staff who have wide experience of helping families of children with high learning potential. This event will not be available as a video.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="14030" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Potential Plus UK Staff and Trustees [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Potential Plus UK online Fireside Chats are...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] This session will look at emotional regulation in young people with high learning potential  Learn about emotional overexcitability, how supporting a child’s self-awareness and self-regulation need to come before working on other areas, what the zones of regulation are and how to deal with anger at home. There will be time to talk to other parents about how emotional regulation affects your child(ren) and to learn from others about what works for them. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="12929" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Rebecca Howell [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Rebeca is Potential Plus UK's Senior Education Advisor and Director of the DME Trust, a collaboration between Potential Plus UK and nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs).  Rebecca has overall responsibility...