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March, 2018

Communication and partnership

Member opportunity: Cardiff Metropolitan University collaboration
As part of NACE’s focus on “excellence to evidence” this year, we are pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy at Cardiff Metropolitan University, exploring the potential for a school-led project investigating effective approaches to provision for more able learners.

This project has the potential to contribute to the national evidence base for more able provision, and will support schools as they work to develop evidence-informed approaches in this important field.


Professional development

English for the More Able 2018: speakers and workshops
NACE’s English for the More Able conference, in partnership with Rising Stars, is dedicated to sharing evidence-based strategies to challenge and support more able learners in primary English.

Coming to York on 15 March, the event will bring together educators, researchers and advisers from across the country, with keynotes from acclaimed children’s author Anne Fine, Cambridge University’s Dr Neil Mercer, and headteacher Christabel Shepherd.

View the full list of speakers and conference sessions.

Press releases

NACE response to Welsh Government announcement
NACE welcomes the Welsh Government’s announcement last week that it is to invest in additional support for more able learners, acknowledging the importance of more able provision within the equity and excellence agenda and its central role in school improvement.

Read the full response from NACE...
February, 2018

Communication and partnership

NACE Research and Development Hubs launched
As part of its focus on research and commitment to supporting school-to-school working, NACE is launching a network of regional hubs to promote the identification and dissemination of evidence-based good practice in provision for more able learners.

The new NACE Research and Development (R&D) Hubs will bring NACE member schools together to share existing good practice and expertise, and to contribute to new research in the field.

Find out more...
October, 2017


Kirsty Williams joins NACE Challenge Award celebrations
Yesterday Wales’ Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams visited two schools in Merthyr Tydfil to officially present them with the NACE Challenge Award.

Having first attained the Challenge Award in 2013, Ynysowen Community Primary School successfully undertook reaccreditation earlier this year – becoming the eighth school in Wales to do so. Nearby Troedyrhiw Community Primary School completed the accreditation process for the first time this year.


Press releases

NACE Challenge Development Programme launched
NACE is pleased to announce the launch of the NACE Challenge Development Programme – a suite of resources and support for schools focusing on improving provision for more able learners. The programme builds on the strong foundations of the NACE Challenge Framework, a well-established tool for whole-school self-evaluation and improvement in provision for the more able, within the context of challenge for all.

Having been streamlined and updated to align with the current national education context and priorities, the revised NACE Challenge Framework is now offered as part of a wider programme of support – including online resources, consultancy and bespoke CPD. It also offers the opportunity to apply for formal accreditation through the NACE Challenge Award.

April, 2017

Curriculum, teaching and support

NACE Poetry Competition 2016/17 results announced
The NACE Poetry Competition 2016/17 winners and shortlist, announced today (26 April 2017), reflect the impressive diversity of talent, style and vision among the UK’s young poets. Run annually by the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), this year’s contest received more than 1,300 entries on the theme “new beginnings”, with the final selections made by children’s author Liz Kessler.