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] Love Chess - want to play against new people? Join our online tournament! Due to popular demand (lovely to hear people enjoyed it!) we are running further online chess tournaments where you can challenge each other using https://lichess.org/. Lichess is a free, online open source chess server that allows people to play against friends or against a computer. We will be holding a 1 hour chess tournament on this server for anyone aged 18 or under.  This online tournament will operate with chat turned off. What you need to know: Preregister with lichess.org Log into the Festival Noticeboard At 3.45pm we will post up a link to the lichess tournament. These will be on the relevant day pages - Wednesday...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] How to be the best advocate for your DME child. When your child is struggling at school, it can be an isolating and bewildering experience.  This session will help you find the right path to support. Amanda will bust several myths which are commonly used to prevent access to an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and help parents to understand how they can access the right support for their child.  To participate fully a device running Kahoot! would be beneficial (though not essential) www.kahoot.com Log into the festival website to register for this event  [/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="14037" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Amanda Sokell [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text] Amanda Sokell helps parents who are feeling isolated and alone and beginning to...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] This session will look at how young people can affect change, drawing on future opportunities at Potential Plus UK, Daniel’s experiences as part of the campaign to revert to Centre Assessed Grades, and how he launched his own access project (Get To University), alongside his involvement with other organisations like the Sutton Trust. This is a must-attend session for any young person looking for ways to improve their CV, to build experience, and who is passionate about creating a better society. Participants will be able to share their views on what issues they feel passionately about, and will hopefully act as a launchpad for participants to consider what they can do to shape society. There is a limited number...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] An opportunity to chat, ask questions and share experiences with other parents. Bring along a cup of coffee, tea or beverage of your choice for this relaxed, informal social time, facilitated by Rebecca Howell, Potential Plus UK's Senior Education Consultant. Log into festival website to register for this event  [/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" 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]Rebecca Howell is Potential Plus UK’s Senior Education Consultant. She leads various aspects of the organisation, including oversight of the assessment and advice services. She is passionate about leadership and developing new services to support members. With a background in educational leadership, she has 3 children with high learning potential/dual or multiple exceptionality. Rebecca will be running various...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] An opportunity to meet other parents and some of the staff and trustees of Potential Plus UK, in a relaxed and informal setting, to chat about topics of interest. Log into the festival website. The link to register for this event is on the noticeboard. Please indicate which topics you are interested in Saturday Topics Supporting children to manage their anxiety Activity ideas for curious children The world of high learning potential teenagers Discussing high learning potential with schools Developing social skills Sunday Topics How parents can support children’s mental health Supporting children with remote learning Dealing with difficult behaviour Parenting bright neurodivergent children Supporting hypersensitivities [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][/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="14030" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Potential...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Bring along your favourite book, story or poem to take part in this social session for young people who love reading - a chance to meet with others and hear some fantastic book recommendations! What do you like about the book you have chosen? Who is your favourite character and why? Keep your webcam on so you can show your book! Age groups: 6-10, 10-13, 14-18 Times: 14.00-14.45, 15.00-15.45, 16.00-16.45 This is a 45-minute session running 3 times; there are a limited number of places on these sessions. Log into the festival website noticeboard to register for this event where you will be able to select your time slot according to age group [/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"...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] A fun, informal social session for ages 5-12 - use your creativity to interpret each mission and enjoy meeting some new people! You don't need anything specific to take part but will have time to find different objects from around your house or room. To join in, keep your webcam on to show what you find! Age groups: 5-6, 6-7, 7-8, 8-10, 10-12 Times: 13.00-13.30, 14.00-14.30, 15.00-15.30, 16.00-16.30, 17.00-17.30 This is a 30-minute session running 5 times; there are a limited number of places on these sessions. Log into the festival website noticeboard to register for this event, where you will be able to select your time slot according to age group [/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="12986" img_size="full"...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] SESSIONS FULLY BOOKED A fun, informal social session for ages 5-12 with some silly and thoughtful challenges to get your creative juices flowing and meet some new people. Bring along something you can build things out of - this might be lego, playdough, blu-tac, or some (clean) junk such as empty cereal boxes, sticky tape and string. Anything you like!  Keep your webcam on to show what you build! Age groups: 5-6, 6-7, 7-8, 8-10, 10-12 Times: 9-9.30, 10-10.30, 11-11.30, 12-12.30, 13.00-13.30   [/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="12975" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Tom Briggs [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Tom Briggs taught maths for seven years before moving to a cracking job at Bletchley Park as Enigma Outreach Officer (and then Learning Manager), during which time...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Places on this session are now fully booked This is a social and collaborative event for ages 11-14, where we turn up the challenge level of the game, ‘Consequences’, where not only what you choose to write has an impact, but also the style in which you write it.  Be inspired by the other participants as well as by music, art and words. There are a limited number of places on this session.  [/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="13527" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Susannah White [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]With 25 years’ experience of teaching and learning, Susannah is a passionate educator, drawing on a background of working with adults and children of all ages.  She has worked in a wide range of educational...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Places on This Session are Now Fully Booked If you've watched and enjoyed the hit Netflix series The Queen's Gambit, you might be interested in taking on a genuine grandmaster in a simultaneous exhibition for yourself. Grandmaster Peter Wells is one of the UK's best known and most experienced professional chessplayers and coaches, who as a prodigy once drew with Anatoly Karpov in a simul the reigning world champion gave for England's leading junior players. Peter can't match Beth Harmon for style and beauty (who can?), and he doesn't take tranquilisers, but he can still make the chess pieces dance to his tune. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to play chess against a Grandmaster, when Peter Wells...