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Inspire17 - learn, have fun, be inspired

Event Information

From: 3rd Jun 2017

To: 3rd Jun 2017

proudly presents


A conference for students and their parents

Saturday 3rd June 2017, 10:30 - 16:30

The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre,

Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4EW


This summer we are inviting parents and students alike to come together for a one stop, one time, one day of inspiration! We want you to learn, have fun and be inspired by our top notch line-up of speakers, including TV presenter and maths nut Johnny Ball. They will enlighten you from their personal experiences, encourage you and most of all inspire you!

Exclusively for parents, we also invite you to a special breakout session. Take part in expert workshops from Mensa's gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall, who you will recognise from the Child Genius television series, and Julie Taplin, deputy CE of Potential Plus UK, the leading national charity specialising in support for parents of gifted and talented children.


One cost all-inclusive package includes
Four inspirational speakers
Expert workshops for parents
Continental breakfast on arrival - mini pastries, healthy smoothie shot, granola, nuts/seeds
Unlimited tea/coffee & cookies - Douwe Egberts coffee selection, speciality Bluebird tea & freshly baked cookies
Mid-morning/mid-afternoon snacks – include an antioxidant, gluten free superfood & guilty pleasure item
Lunch - choice of fresh quality sandwiches, 3 hot items with 3 salads to accompany, cheeseboard & dessert cart
Fruit available all day
H20 hydration stations - still and sparkling water available all day

for only £35.00 per person


Johnny Ball  Entertain & educate
TV Personality and Author  

Johnny will entertain and educate you in a way you have never experienced. His hilarious show involves cross curricular maths and a masterclass - The Gravity of the Situation. He has designed and delivered many STEM projects for all ages, and will leave you with an appetite to learn more about maths and how it can be applied to not just study but everyday situations.     

Johnny has been entertaining for 60 years, 12 in stand-up, 50 in TV, 35 in education. He is best known for his award winning TV shows - he wrote and presented 20 series including Think of a Number and Think Again for BBC TV and Johnny Ball Reveals All for ITV, which inspired a generation towards confidence in mathematics and science.

Danielle Brown MBE  Motivation & exam technique / skills
Double Paralympic gold medallist  

Danielle will challenge the way you think and demonstrate how to harness the powers of vision and self-belief to pursue excellence. The pressure to do well in your exams can be really stressful. You worry that all the revision you've done won't be enough, that you'll get a bad paper and won't be able to answer the questions... Thoughts like these are perfectly normal. Most people experience exam nerves. The great news is that there are a whole range of techniques available to help you cope with stressful situations like taking an exam.

Danielle is a double Paralympic gold medallist in archery, three times World Champion and was world number 1 for her entire career. She also achieved something that very few disabled athletes manage when she successfully transitioned onto the able-bodied team.

John Cridland CBE  Educating for tomorrow
Former Director General - CBI   

What will tomorrow’s world of work look like for the young people of today – and what skills will you need to succeed? John will examine what businesses will want from future employees and the impact this will have on the education system. Using examples from his 35 years in business, John will look at how children and young people can be inspired to learn the skills that will help them get ahead.  

John is Chairman of Transport for the North with the objective of helping to build the Northern Powerhouse.  For the past twelve months, he has also been the independent reviewer of the State Pension Age and reported to Government in March 2017. In 2016, John became a Board member of Ofsted, the education and social care regulatory body and in March 2017, he became Pro-Chancellor at Brunel University. He is also a Visiting Professor at University College London.

Sonja Falck  Communication skills
Harley Street Psychotherapist  

Sonja will introduce you to what she considers are three vital communication skills. In this interactive session, she will begin with a theoretical and research-based introduction to typical issues high IQ people experience, and explain the most common strategies employed for dealing with these and their outcomes. She will then show how three vital communication skills can provide a better alternative.

Sonja Falck is the founder of Equipped Consulting, which arose out of her doctoral research into the interpersonal relating of high IQ individuals. Her work combines coaching, teaching, and therapy. She is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy at the University of East London, and has a Harley Street based private practice.

Lyn Kendall I've just found out that my child is exceptionally bright. What do I do now?
Mensa's gifted child expert  Parent breakout session

Why won't school support my bright spark? I'm not a pushy parent, why does everyone behave as if I am? Find out the answers to these and other questions, such as, why our brightest children have special educational needs.

Lyn Kendall, a gifted child now Mensa member, mother to a highly gifted son, teacher and psychologist will attempt to guide you through the complications that raising and educating a gifted child can bring. 

Julie Taplin Fostering resilience in gifted children
Deputy CE, Potential Plus Parent breakout session

We will consider the impact of a young person’s mindset on their learning, how they view ‘effort’, how parents can provide effective praise, and the importance of parental modelling.

Julie has worked with parents and carers of gifted children for over 12 years, delivering parental workshops and support in schools and at Potential Plus UK’s own events. She also trains teachers across the UK and Europe to help them better understand and provide for these children. As a parent she has personal experience of the joys and tribulations of nurturing a gifted child.


Join in, have fun!

An inclusive one day conference for all students and their parents.


all presentations, all workshops, all meals - breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack and all drinks

for only 

£35.00 per person

Thank you for your interest bookings for this event are now closed.


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