The Releasing Potential Institute was launched in 2016 to house the academic research and professional training services developed by Releasing Potential through our work in education. Everything we do at the Institute is underpinned by our organisation’s learning philosophy of belonging, safety and risk. Our research in education reflects the diversity of the work we do with young people, their families, and other professionals.
The Institute’s mission is twofold: to resource professionals through our training programmes and courses, and to impact educational and social policy through meaningful research that can make a difference to the lives of young people.
Mike founded Releasing Potential in 2001 after working for many years as a teacher of physical education in mainstream schools. Mike’s vision was to find ways of working with young people who were disengaged from education, through alternative educational models encouraging self-esteem and self-reliance. Since then, Releasing Potential has grown into a much larger charity and is now also a Department-for-Education registered Independent School. Mike’s work with the Releasing Potential Institute involves teaching on the NVQ Level 3 in ‘The Management of Challenging Behaviour’ to which he brings significant expertise as an educator.
Dr Catherine BrennanCatherine joined Releasing Potential in 2012 as Operations Manager of what was then a small charity. Catherine’s background is in education, having taught in secondary, tertiary and Higher Education; she has also worked for many years with vulnerable young people in a range of day services and residential programmes. Catherine’s work with the Institute involves delivering on both the NVQ Level 3 in ‘The Management of Challenging Behaviour’ and the NVQ Level 4 in ‘The Management of Challenging Behaviour in Sexually Exploited Young People’. Catherine has also contributed to the Near To School research project in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth, and is a qualified assessor for NCFE.
Dr Alex GrayAlex has worked in Higher Education for eight years, most recently as a Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. Her work for the Institute involves collaborative research and impact projects, organisation of Resource Hub activities and the Releasing Potential annual conference. Alex delivers on the NVQ Level 3 in ‘The Management of Challenging Behaviour’ and the NVQ Level 4 in ‘The Management of Challenging Behaviour in Sexually Exploited Young People’. Alex’s research specialism is in Medical Humanities and she continues to guest lecture at a range of UK institutions.
Releasing Potential Institute
Unit 7 Kingscroft Court
Charity No: 1097440
Company No: 4622100
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