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.

A total of 54 schools in Wales have so far attained the award, which is granted by the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) in recognition of school-wide high-quality provision for more able learners, in the context of challenge for all.

Joining special celebration assemblies at each school, Kirsty Williams commented: “Our national mission of education reform is for all pupils, no matter what their background, to achieve their full potential. This includes providing extra support for those from our most deprived backgrounds, but also helping our most able pupils to be stretched and reach their full potential. These two schools should be proud that they have been recognised for their work in helping their most able pupils meet their full potential.”

NACE CEO Sue Riley added: “Ynysowen and Troedyrhiw Community Primary Schools have both demonstrated a strong commitment to creating an environment in which all learners are effectively challenged and supported. These are two fantastic examples of what can be achieved when a whole-school approach to provision for more able learners is adopted, leading to a beneficial impact on a much wider group within the school.”

To attain the Challenge Award, schools must complete a detailed self-evaluation, submit a portfolio of supporting evidence, and undertake assessment by a NACE associate. Accredited schools are invited to join the NACE Leading Schools Network.

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