Mike King

Mike King

United Kingdom

Founder, CEO and Executive Head Teacher of Releasing Potential Passionate about bridging the gap between the marginalised and society

Hi Everyone,

I set up Releasing Potential in 2001 and we are now comprised of a Special Needs School, and Academic Institute and Outdoor Activity Provider. I am a qualified teacher and have always been concerned with working with children with special needs and the marginalised. I am also the Chair of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and have been involved in projects nationally and internationally which promotes the impact of the outdoors for the individual and collective.

I believe that society has a responsibility to provide educational opportunities that meet the needs of the indivdual whilst enabling them to be part of the community they live in.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I would like to be part of a community which enables different cultures to discuss, learn and examine how we might apply different methodologies to our ow circumstances. HundrEd seems to provide the ideal platform for education based ideas to develop which I believe will support me in my own work as I learn from others.

How can education support students to flourish?

'To take a risk is to risk failure however the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing' is part of a quote which I believe is a key to enabling more people to access education. For a lot of people there are barriers to them being able to engage with education, if we can can help the individual and society to value of learning then we can see more people take a risk in reaching their potential.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation can be a distraction on its own, innovation within the context of delivery and community can enable people to understand and reach their potential. Innovation requires risk but should be attainable for the deliverer and the recipient in order to have maximum impact. Innovation takes passion and patience in equal form as we require people to follow if we are to lead others.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

1. Nature Innovations as I believe that engagement with the natural environment should be accessible to all as it has the power to transform. 2. Entrepreneurship as it is something I am interested in and also a skill that a lot of marginalised people have but do not know how to use positively. 3. Special Education as I would like to learn and share with other professionals.

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

We would like to offer the community access to our Institute which provides online (and in person) training on the subject of how we manage challenging behaviour and how the teacher can enable a child to make positive choices. I would also like to explore the impact of impact of Outdoor Education as a vehicle for children to thrive.