February 15-26. The vPlus Festival is an online festival from Potential Plus UK, full of workshops, webinars and discussions for young people with enquiring minds, their families and schools.


How Chess Can Support Learning-to-Learn Skills – Barry Hymer and Peter Wells – Parent Session

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How Chess Can Support Learning-to-Learn Skills – Barry Hymer and Peter Wells – Parent Session

Parent Session, Weekend Session

In this one-hour session, Barry and Peter will outline the role that chess can play in helping children develop meta-learning skills like persistence, risk-taking, sound judgment, learning from victories and defeats, etc. The presentation will last about 30 minutes, followed by a similar period of time responding to parents’ questions and observations about their own children’s engagement in the game. No great expertise in chess will be required, but it’ll help if you’ve enjoyed Netflix’s much-watched series, The Queen’s Gambit!

Session Presenter

Barry Hymer and Peter Wells

Barry Hymer and Peter Wells

Barry Hymer is an educational psychologist and Emeritus Professor of Psychology in Education at the University of Cumbria. He is the author of eleven books and numerous academic papers in the field of teaching and learning, the most recent of which is the acclaimed Chess Improvement – It’s All in the Mindset, which he and Peter Wells co-authored. Peter is a Grandmaster and a Senior Trainer of the International Chess Federation (FIDE). He has worked extensively with the England Open and Women’s Teams and on numerous occasions with the country’s leading junior players too. He has also taught chess over many years at both Abingdon School and Magdalen College School in Oxford. He is the author of ten books on chess.

Peter will be running a simultaneous exhibition match on lichess at 3.30 pm. Find out more at: Simultaneous Chess Exhibition by Peter Wells and Barry Hymer

Event Hours(1)

  • Sat 20th Feb

    14.00 - 15.00

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