Senior Programme 2

Learning Lab

For More Able and Ambitious Senior Students

Students: Each course includes over 100 student activities for cultural enrichment, cirtitcal thinking and puzzle solving. Students receive a certificate of completion.

Teachers: The online teacher area supports teachers with oversight of student progress, print-outs, puzzle solutions and notes.

Course Two 20+ hours of learning

20+ hours of cross-curricular eLearning to get 15-19-year-olds back on track

Thriving Minds: Foundations for Success

• Effortlessly increase the average hours delivered to students with a brilliant cross-curricular extension programme.

• Evidence provision with individual student reports and personalised certificates.

• Teacher Platform facilitates complete oversight of student engagement for targeted support.

• An economical high-impact solution.

The Thriving Minds eLearning platform accelerates academic development and supports SMSC, personal development and culture capital (Ofsted EIF 2019); students study at their own pace, building confident and resilient learners in educational settings.

Call now for a zoom call or introductory visit to your school to see how eLearning solutions can work for you.


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

Relationships are the most crucial part of human life and have the power to make us happy or utterly miserable; it is no wonder then that so many people have thought so hard about how to achieve the perfect relationship. David Hume argued that reason is a slave to the passions, but was he right? Is it reasonable to expect something more than blind passion to regulate our relationships, or not? The session starts 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

The Psychology of Outstanding Achievement

Contrary to popular belief, outstanding achievement in everything and anything from maths to marathons, classics to clarinet, and footie to physics does not ultimately depend upon innate intelligence or ability. Beyond your genetic profile, there are many crucial factors for outstanding achievement that are entirely under your control. The session will examine the hard evidence of what produces a life of outstanding achievement, providing a fascinating interactive examination of what makes a difference.

Lady Gaga with Picasso at Starbucks

Lady Gaga and Picasso at Starbucks

What defines our culture?; This is perhaps one of the most significant issues for young people to grasp. Are some cultures more advanced than others, or is it all relative? Do art, music, film, and architecture illuminate society and create a culture, or reflect it? What will others recognise our generation for, and what would we like them to remember us for in a hundred years? Professor Tom Greggs gives students the tools to think creatively about how new cultures emerge and what factors shape and change a culture. He will identify the formative role of the individual in cultural shifts and challenge students to think broadly about the kind of culture they might wish to create.


The Science and Philosophy of Time

From Aristotle to Einstein, TIME proves challenging 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 the 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: This house believes that love is not a commodity to be traded.

A commodity is a useful or valuable thing that people can reasonably buy or sell. Many would argue that people also have an exchange value. In a world where everyone and everything has a price, this debate will ask if there is any reason to regard human love any differently?

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.

The person making the booking is invoiced.

Course 2 Bookings

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