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Senior Programme 2

Learning Lab

For More Able and Ambitious Senior Students

UK Senior Blended Learning
  • World-class interactive multi-media platform for blended learning – extend and excite learners
  • Supports your school’s extension programme – effortless enrichment
  • Stability in an uncertain world – Learning is seamless and uninterrupted by world events or school closure.
  • Teachers cockpit  – oversight for timely encouragement
  • 2 months subscription. Includes 50+ hours of learning for just £25 per student

Why a Blended Learning Course?

  • Online Oxbridge Masterclass education
  • Promote equity and excellence for diverse learners
  • Target the development of capabilities in GT students
  • Add depth, complexity and richness
  • Challenge more able students with abstract ideas
  • Engage the thinker within
  • Learn from world-class thinkers

What Teachers and Students say about BIG IDEAS events:

  • ‘The focus group agreed that the opportunity to enjoy such a wide-ranging set of big ideas was valuable and, frankly, unique.’
  • ‘My students continued to discuss the various topics for weeks. Thank you for giving us all such food for thought!’
  • ‘The content of the talks was brilliant.’
  • ‘The stretch and challenge questions are inspirational and thought-provoking.’
  • ‘Thanks for all the notes. I’ve been using them for extension work all year!’

Join us on Snapchat – aconferences – for your daily philosophical thought of the day, plus access to free resources.

Online Course Content

loving relationships

Philosophy, Love and Relationships

Julie Arliss

Relationships are the most important part of human life and have the power to make us happy, or utterly miserable! No wonder then, that so many people have thought so hard about how to achieve the perfect relationship. David Hume argued that reason is slave to the passions, but was he right? Is it reasonable to expect something more than blind passion to regulate our relationships, or not? This session will start by examining Plato’s philosophical examination of love and other ancient ideas about relationships before considering the world of online dating, Love Island and Tinder. How and why have the rules of relationships changed, and are people happier? If we ‘dare to be wise,’ Immanuel Kant, what does that mean in terms of relationships, and is ‘not hurting anybody’, Jeremy Bentham, enough?

The Pschology of Outstanding Achievement

Science and Outstanding Achievement

Dr Christopher O’Neill

Contrary to popular belief, outstanding achievement in everything and anything, from maths to marathons, classics to clarinet, from football to physics, does not ultimately depend upon innate intelligence or ability. There are a number of important factors leading to outstanding achievement, which, unlike your genetic profile or the school you attend, are entirely under your control. This session will examine the hard evidence of what really produces a life of outstanding achievement. A fascinating and challenging examination of what really makes a difference. Follow up resources to stretch and challenge. Recorded in King’s College Chapel with a live audience

Lady Gaga with Picasso at Starbucks

Lady Gaga and Picasso at Starbucks

Professor Tom Greggs

This is perhaps one of the most significant issues for today’s young people to grasp. What defines the culture we live in? Are some cultures more advanced than others or is it all relative? Do art, music, film and architecture illuminate society and create culture or simply reflect it? In a hundred years time what will our generation be remembered for and what would we like it to be remembered for? Students will be given the tools to think creatively about how new cultures emerge and what factors shape and change a culture. The formative role of the individual in cultural shifts will be identified and students will be challenged to think broadly about the kind of culture they themselves might wish to create.


The Science and Philosophy of Time

Julie Arliss

From Aristotle to Einstein TIME has proved difficult to pin down. If the past no longer exists and the future doesn’t yet exist, and all my perceptions are of a past moment, what is the present? What is the relationship between time and mind itself? Is time a gigantic and universal mind-dependent delusion? In what way is time relative and is time travel possible. An exciting thought-provoking talk; a guaranteed neuron teaser. Take time to consider TIME!

The BIG Debate

Is love a commodity to be traded?

A lively debate between Julie Arliss and Professor Tom Greggs, recorded at King’s College with a live audience.

The Thriving Minds Masterclass for senior students will be delivered online.

Contributors to the programme

Julie Arliss

Julie Arliss

Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship by Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a highly accomplished teacher and author. She is a well-known international educator of gifted students with a gift for making the complex simple, and the simple complex. She is committed to the provision of world-class extension activities for these students, to extend their reach well beyond the curriculum to new areas of knowledge. She is on the examining team for Cambridge International Examinations and founder of Thriving Minds.

Dr Chris Neill

Dr Christopher O'Neill

Dr O’Neill is a fellow of Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford and is a polymathic thinker. He is a psychologist, registered psychotherapist and trained counsellor. He initiated the large-scale MYRIAD research project in Oxford University investigating resilience and well-being in young people. He has forty years’ experience of working with students and staff in schools and is an exceptional educator.

Prof Tom Greggs

Professor Tom Greggs

After being awarded a starred Double First Class Honours Degree from Oxford, Tom completed his Phd at Cambridge. He has taught at Manchester Grammar school but is now a university lecturer and researcher with a commitment to making his work accessible to young people. He has a weekly slot on radio 4 and holds various political offices at local regional and national levels with a general focus on education policy. He is widely regarded as a ‘rising star’.

Tuition fees: A fixed fee of £25, or £37 if booking together with course 1. We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details. One free staff place with every 12 students booked.

The price includes Learning Lab access for 2 months.


Registration can be at any time on or after the advertised release date. The individual course will contain an end date. Teachers or students may commence a course at any point between these two dates.

Please note our Terms and Conditions, which provide a sliding scale by which payment for bookings can be made in time in order to avoid additional charges.


Teachers or other representatives in schools normally complete the booking process. In some cases, students or their parents may book for online courses. Students will attend conferences with their school group accompanied by a supervising teacher. They will usually complete an online course under the supervision of a member of staff but there is the facility for individual students to enrol and complete online courses by themselves.

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