NACE has a strong history of working with Welsh schools, consortia and government to support effective policy and provision for more able and talented (MAT) learners.

Ambition and challenge are at the heart of Wales’ current national focus on transforming education and raising standards. These same objectives were key for NACE a decade ago, when the charity was commissioned by the Welsh government to develop the national Quality Standards in Education for More Able and Talented Pupils, and went on to develop the NACE Challenge Framework and Award

Against the backdrop of the recent publication of the national mission for education in Wales 2017-21, and work that precedes this, NACE is working with regional consortia and schools to review its approach to MAT, and over the next 12 months will provide Welsh member schools with resources that reflect this new context.

NACE Challenge Award

The NACE Challenge Award is a national quality mark for schools demonstrating high-quality provision for MAT learners. Schools in Wales can work towards the award by auditing and developing their provision against the national Quality Standards for More Able and Talented Pupils.

Additional support is provided by NACE, including the NACE Challenge Framework for school self-evaluation, action plan template, lesson observation template, case study guidance and more. 

NACE regularly reviews the Challenge Framework to ensure it remains up to date. We are currently reviewing the framework in the context of educational reforms taking place in Wales. The updated edition will be available in 2018-19.

Resources for schools in Wales

All schools in Wales can access the following resources:

Meeting the Challenge: Quality Standards for More Able and Talented Pupils 
Published in July 2008, the national Quality Standards in Education for More Able and Talented Pupils were developed by the Welsh Assembly Government in collaboration with NACE, based on the NACE Challenge Framework.

Review to identify the current provision offered to more able and talented (MAT) pupils in Wales
Published in January 2016, this report gives an overview of strategies used by schools, local authorities and other education providers to identify and support MAT learners. Available in English and Welsh.

Supporting more able and talented pupils - How best to challenge and nurture more able and talented pupils: Key stages 2 to 4
This thematic review from Estyn examines standards, provision and leadership in meeting the needs of MAT learners, including examples of good practice which feature NACE members and Challenge Award-accredited schools. Available in English and Welsh.

Resources for NACE members

All NACE member schools have access to our online library of resources to support MAT provision, including practical templates, case studies, and the NACE Essentials range – developed by expert practitioners to support school leaders and teachers on specific aspects of MAT provision.

Find out more about NACE membership.