Welcome to NACE

NACE, National Association for Able Children in Education, the only dedicated, not for profit organisation, specialising in supporting teachers to provide excellent teaching and learning for able, gifted and talented pupils.

Mission statement

NACE exists solely to support the daily work of teachers providing for pupils with high abilities whilst enabling all pupils to flourish.



NACE celebrates with first Oxford secondary school to be awarded the NACE Challenge Award, well done to Oxford Spires Academy click here

Letter to schools from Sir M Wilshaw July 2014

'Ofsted letter to all schools July 2014. '..consider how the school uses assessment

information to identify pupils who are falling behind in their learning or who need

additional support to reach their full potential, including the most able..”.

Ofsted letter to schools click here
Note for Inspectors

click here




NACE Chief Executive Rowena Gaston talks to the BBC about working with Matthew Bourne and NACE Challenge Awarded school Wildern and Totton College to give 30 talented dancers a chance of a lifetime performing in a Curtain Raiser before Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton  click here

Governor’s seminar – meeting the needs of more able, gifted and talented children....the school governor’s  role


28th February 2015           Birmingham
Who should attend – Governors, Headteachers
NACE members £150 +vat
Non members £250 +vat
More info click here

To book click here


13th January 2015

Yes You Can, Enfield

A practical one day cross- phase conference focussing on provision for the more able gifted and talented
Aylward Academy, Enfield
NACE Members £199 +vat
Non Member £299 + vat
For more info click here label
Click here to book



New to Able, Gifted & Talented

A practical one day seminar for primary school A,G&T Coordinators

18th November 2014 Rush Common Primary School, Oxfordshire

NACE Members £160 +vat
Non Member £260 + vat

More info click here
To book click here





‘Latest Ofsted and the Most Able Learner’ NACE members click here to read in full

Ofsted continues to place an emphasis on provision and outcomes for the ‘most able pupils’. References are now threaded throughout the framework and there is an expectation that inspectors will ask leaders and mangers about how they are meeting the needs of this important ‘group’ of pupils.

'...From September 2013 inspectors will look more closely at the progress of the most able and of disadvantaged pupils before judging achievement to be good ...'
Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, July 2013


The Ofsted Landmark Survey 'The most able students: are they doing as well as they should in our non-selective secondary schools?' published 13/6/13  click here

Click here for reference to 'More Able' in the Ofsted School inspection handbook - Handbook for inspecting schools in England under section 5 of the Education Act 2005 


Click here
 for reference to 'More Able' in the Ofsted Subsidiary guidance


Click here for reference to 'More Able' in the Ofsted School inspection handbook - Handbook for inspecting schools in England under section 5 of the Education Act 2005





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