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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After completing a Masters’ in Engineering, Olivia has spent all of her working life in education, much of it as a Maths Teacher but, over twenty years, she has diversified across subjects, age-ranges, sectors and perspectives. Olivia’s Potential Plus UK journey began at a Big Family Weekend, an event she stumbled across when looking for stimulating and challenging weekend pursuits for her insatiably curious elder daughter. So began an ongoing relationship with Potential Plus UK as a parent which has proved equally beneficial for daughter number two and inspirational for her personally. Further study into ‘gifted and talented’ education followed, as well as championing the cause of children with high learning potential in all the schools she has worked both in...

Branka is a fundraising specialist with over 15 years’ experience of working in the Third Sector. Since the birth of her daughter, she has been working as a freelancer in order to balance senior fundraising roles with a busy family life. Branka has shaped fundraising strategies for a wide range of prominent charities. Her key expertise is in generating income growth and support for the cause by providing strategic leadership to fundraising teams. Branka joined Potential Plus UK when inspired by their work in the field of research and support for children with dual or multiple exceptionality (DME). She is currently a trustee for Potential Plus UK. Passionate about global social justice, education and health equality as well as the refugee...

Steve recently retired as the Chief Information Officer at a membership organisation which provides medico-legal advice and indemnity insurance to the UK healthcare profession. He is a trustee of a grant-giving charity for the High Learning Potential sector and is also a long-standing member of the Charity IT Leaders group – a charity which facilitates networking for IT professionals of major UK charities. Steve has been involved with Potential Plus UK for over 20 years both as a volunteer and a trustee. Steve is a passionate believer that all children can and should enjoy learning and that every child should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential with appropriate educational challenge – this being especially true for children with high learning...

Natalie provides specialist support and advice to families of children with high learning potential. She became involved with Potential Plus UK in 2011 after being asked to deliver French sessions for the Greater Manchester Explorers Club. Natalie then quickly realised that she had at least one child all of her own with high learning potential! Her background is in Early Years and language teaching. Natalie presented the introduction to high learning potential session which is available as a video blog on this website and will be acting as a host during the festival....