The NACE Challenge Award provides recognition of school-wide high-quality provision for more able learners. The award is held for three years at a time, and is part of the NACE Challenge Development Programme.
Eligibility criteriaTo apply for the NACE Challenge Award, your school must:
- Hold current NACE membership
- Meet the criteria outlined in the NACE Challenge Framework, based on your completed self-assessment and portfolio of evidence
- Hold an Ofsted good or outstanding judgement (or equivalent for independent schools)
Applying for assessmentOnce your school is ready to apply for assessment, you should complete the online application form. An assessor will be appointed to our school, and you will receive a confirmation email with contact details for your lead assessor and a summary of the process and required documents.
Stage 1: pre-assessment
An assessor will visit your school and undertake a learning walk focused on evidencing the quality of teaching and learning and assessment outlined in your school’s NACE Challenge Framework self-evaluation and portfolio.
Interviews will be held with the senior leadership team and more able coordinator. At the end of the visit the assessor will provide verbal feedback on your school’s level of readiness to proceed to formal assessment, which will be followed by a written report.