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.

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.

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.

For the initial phase of the project, three schools have been selected as Hub leaders:

    Programme announced for NACE Cymru Conference 2018

    Against the current backdrop of policy, curriculum and assessment reform, NACE is pleased to announce the programme for 2018’s NACE Cymru Conference.

    A well-established fixture in schools’ calendars, the conference brings together school leaders, MAT coordinators, policy makers and advisers to discuss the latest reforms, research and evidence-based approaches to provision for more able and talented (MAT) learners.

    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.

    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.

    NACE National Conference 2017: presenters

    Taking place in London on 21 June, the NACE National Conference 2017 will feature keynotes from Professor Lord Robert Winston and Professor Simon Colton, policy updates from Ofsted and the DfE, and a broad range of practical workshops led by experienced school leaders, consultants and researchers. Scroll down for the full list of presenters.

    Dr Richard Bailey

    What can teachers learn from the Bletchley Park codebreakers?

    Tom Briggs, education manager, Bletchley Park
    “Codebreaking is sort of inherently cool,” says Tom Briggs, education manager at Bletchley Park. “It’s got that link to espionage and secrecy, and that has a certain magic to it.”

    The story of the codebreakers stationed at Bletchley Park during World War II remains particularly compelling – with the recent film starring Benedict Cumberbatch further fuelling interest.


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