The NACE Challenge Framework is an established tool for whole-school review and improvement to provision for more able learners, offered as part of the NACE Challenge Development Programme. Over the past decade, the framework has been used by thousands of schools, proving its value as a tool for effective school improvement.

“The NACE Challenge Award Framework has been one of the most valuable tools we have used to analyse, reflect upon and improve provision in school. The framework is so rigorous that the impact is not just to explore all aspects of provision for the more able pupils, but to analyse and raise standards across the whole school, whilst providing the impetus for change.” - Angela Stanton, headteacher, Alfreton Nursery School

For schools in the early stages of developing provision for more able learners, the NACE Challenge Framework provides a useful structure through which to identify strengths and priorities for improvement. Schools with a well-established focus on policy and practice in this area will be ready to audit their provision against the framework, with the option to apply for formal accreditation through the NACE Challenge Award.

Foundation of six elements

Based on extensive evidence of what constitutes good provision for more able learners, the framework consists of six interconnected elements with detailed criteria to support your school through its self-evaluation. It is accompanied by extensive guidance and practical templates.
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Supporting resources

Schools using the NACE Challenge Framework have access to a library of supporting resources, aligned with each of the six elements. Whether you need a checklist to start your school audit, practical resources for teaching staff, or examples of how other schools have approached a particular challenge, the online resource library is available to help at each stage of your journey.

“The resources and training courses run by NACE are superb and provide additional support and guidance in understanding what good challenge looks like.” - Andrew Palmer, headteacher, Heycroft Primary School

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How to access the framework

The NACE Challenge Framework is offered as part of the NACE Challenge Development Programme, which is exclusively available to NACE members. The programme also offers bespoke consultancy and CPD, as well as access to NACE’s community of schools across England, Wales and beyond.

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Note: The NACE Challenge Framework has been revised for the 2017-18 academic year. Schools working with the previous edition have been sent a complimentary copy of the revised framework.