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.


The Staged Learning Techniques Toolbox – by Got-A-Head®?

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The Staged Learning Techniques Toolbox – by Got-A-Head®?

Our passion for learning… is our tool for survival”  Carl Sagan

But what if you want your child to do more than just survive?  Caring about our children’s learning is a key feature of the Potential Plus UK community.  Our kids have a thirst for knowledge.  As parents, we do everything we can to get them to a well so that they can drink deeply. Sometimes, we need to do more than that; we need to give them ways to find that well themselves.

In the workshops we’re doing for Potential Plus UK, Got-A-Head®? is introducing children and parents to some of the learning tools we have developed. Staged learning techniques such as QWERTY® can give them support while they come up with more creative solutions or increase the intellectual challenge of a task, showing them how increasing the personal element of a task increases their engagement. These techniques don’t replace what they’ve been taught elsewhere, but make more of it.  They provide a cognitive whetstone, putting an edge on their thinking to make it ever more incisive.

The Got-A-Head®? toolbox is full of tips, tools and techniques that help enhance and personalise learning.  They are incredibly flexible and work for the individual child, for parents helping their children and for adults themselves. Recently, our daughter used them to help her shine with a slideshow project at school.  We’ve been using them to make the most of 11+ preparation (e.g. she’s used them to help her find answers to difficult maths problems, build interesting responses to discursive essay topics and to up her game for potential interviews).  As adults, we’ve been using it to plan a school extension for an app we’re developing.

At Got-A-Head®? we want to give learners (of whatever age!) ways to be more creative, strategic and engaged.  We want to help them sharpen their own learning tools, so that they don’t just survive, but thrive.

Got-A-Head®? are running two workshops on Tuesday 16th February. A Magic Roundabout is a fun design and thinking session for young people aged 8-11, running 11.30am-12.30pm, while at 8.00pm there will be a parent session called Think Better, Do Better, Feel Better explaining more about using Got-A-Head®’s learning techniques.