The flagship event of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), the NACE National Conference is the leading event for schools with a focus on provision for more able learners.

Taking place in London on 21 June, this year’s conference will feature keynotes from Professor Lord Robert Winston and Professor Simon Colton, policy updates from the DfE and Ofsted, and a day of practical workshops on the theme “giving talent space”.

At a time when provision for more able learners remains a national priority, emphasised by both Ofsted and Estyn, the conference aims to help school leaders and teachers understand the latest thinking, practice and policy in the field.

Connecting researchers and practitioners

Known for his success in bringing scientific research to a wide audience, acclaimed scientist and presenter Professor Lord Robert Winston will open the conference – setting the scene for sessions designed to inform both school policy and classroom practice.

Best practice school-led workshops include a focus on the able disadvantaged, transition, the exceptionally able and partnership, while Rachel Jackson of UK Space Education will inspire teachers to bring space into every classroom and Bletchley Park’s Tom Briggs will argue that WWII’s celebrated codebreakers provide key lessons for teachers seeking to nurture the next generation of creative problem-solvers.

Dr Chris Yapp will explore the question of whether today’s curriculum is fit for the future, while Dr Richard Bailey will bust some of the most common and damaging “neuromyths”, replacing them with evidence-based principles to improve teaching and learning.

Professor Simon Colton will deliver the closing keynote, exploring developments in the field of computational creativity, and key trends for the education space.

Focus on the future

Taking place in the wake of the general election, the event will provide policy updates from representatives of the DfE and Ofsted, as well as sessions dedicated to careers support and social mobility.

The event will also feature an exhibition space, where delegates can network, gather resources and share ideas.

Sue Riley, NACE CEO said: “The NACE National Conference brings together the very best in terms of speakers, workshops and policy updates, meaning that whether you are a senior leader, teacher or more able coordinator, the day will help you address the needs of your more able learners in the context of challenge for all. Bringing schools from around the UK together, the event promises to provide space to explore, understand and be inspired, ready for the coming academic year.”

View the full programmelist of presenters and workshop descriptions.

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