About Us


Breakthrough Learning (BL) is a registered charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults by developing learning and thinking skills.


Our charity is based in Reading, Berkshire.  We work throughout the UK. 


Founded in June 2015 by Vanessa Nichols and Marie Hirst, both mothers of daughters with Down's Syndrome, who were frustrated by the often "low expectations" and reduced support available for core therapies, they spent the last seven years working with their daughters and researching other education and learning practices.


After discovering and researching the work of Professor Feuerstein, founder and director of the International Centre for the Enhancement of Learning Potential (ICELP), both mothers completed training programmes with Feuerstein Training, in Scotland.  Realising the potential of what they had learnt, they travelled to the Feuerstein Institute in Israel, for four week intensive intervention with their daughters, which was a life changing time for both families.


The Feuerstein Method teaches the vitally important, and often overlooked, skill of learning how to learn.  The unique educational technique combines Mediated Learning and specially designed instruments in order to identify and enhance an individual's learning potential.  As a result, the learner gains the knowledge and tools required to reach beyond their abilities.