One of our key areas of research and practice specialism, we believe in the power of Alternative Education to offer children chances to thrive beyond the narrow expectations of mainstream education.
Our Independent School operates a bespoke alternative curriculum, rooted in Outdoor Education and practical, vocational skills. Students are dis-applied from the National Curriculum and we propound a needs-based approach. Children and young people are given the space to follow their own interests and prepare for life beyond school.
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Recent Alternative Education blog posts from Releasing Potential:
Are traditional examinations fit for purpose?
A great article written origuinally for the Golbal School Alliance by Aiysha Khan, Functional Skills Tutor at Releasing Potential School.
How “Why?” can be a limiting question and the questions you can ask children and young people instead.
As part 2 of a 2-part series of reflections on her Level 3 in The Management of Challenging Behaviour, Una Archer considers the use of circular questioning in Neuro Linguistic Programming:""I recently came back from the second part of the Releasing Potential...
Managing Your State
As professionals, we know that being a responsible adult or ‘managing your state’ is top priority. What do we mean by ‘managing your state’? We use the word ‘state’ to refer to your mood, current emotion, body language, energy levels and mind set at any given time. As...
Why we do not restrain
"Coming from a background as a researcher, I had only heard horror stories about children who weren’t able to maintain mainstream school placements due to ‘bad’ behaviour. I had friends who were secondary school teachers, and they told me about the escalating levels...
Outside the National Curriculum – our school journey via the outdoor classroom
Founded in 2001, Releasing Potential began as a free-wheeling Outdoor Education outreach service designed to engage children who had been excluded from mainstream education. With humble beginnings in a spare room belonging to our founder and CEO, Mike King, the...
European Outdoor Education (EOE) Conference 2018
RP Founder Mike King, was delighted to be invited to attend and deliver a workshop at the European Outdoor Education (EOE) Conference 2018 which was hosted in Bohinj, Slovenia. Mike logged his thoughts about the 3 day event to give us all an insight into what the EOE...
Another year almost done and another successful conference has come and gone
Conference report 11/07/18 On Wednesday 11th July 2018, 100 professionals working in education and social care gathered at New Place Hotel in Shirrell Heath near Southampton for Releasing Potential’s second annual conference. Titled ‘The Forgotten Majority and the...
Alternative Education Conference 2018: A Very Special Keynote Speaker
The Forgotten Majority and the Invisible Minority: Strategies from Alternative Education' July 11th 2018 In July this year, Releasing Potential will welcome as keynote speaker Henry Readhead, Assistant Principle at Summerhill Democratic School (Suffolk), to our annual...
Managing Challenging Behaviour at the University of Derby 01/11/17
On Friday 1st November 2017, the Releasing Potential Institute team journeyed to the Peak District, to deliver to undergraduate students at the University of Derby's Buxton Campus. The second-year students were registered on the BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership and...
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