What can teachers learn from the Bletchley Park codebreakers?

“Codebreaking is sort of inherently cool,” says Tom Briggs, education officer 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.

NACE National Conference 2017: “giving talent space”

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”.

What you REALLY need to know about the science of learning

A quick search of the internet is enough to confirm there’s no shortage of theories about how people learn, or how to help young people learn more effectively.

The problem, says researcher and NACE patron Dr Richard Bailey, is that much of this information is not only inaccurate, but potentially harmful. He believes, “A lot of the stuff that goes in the name of the science of learning or neuroscience isn’t just wrong – it’s dangerously wrong.”

Why our most able students need better careers support

Emotional resilience adviser Michelle Spirit explains why – and how – schools should improve careers support for the most able students.

Highly able students are not always a top priority for school careers services – and it’s easy to understand why. Students in this group are unlikely to appear short of options, and often assumed to be capable of sorting through the information independently to reach a decision.

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.

Winners of NACE Poetry Competition to be Announced 26 April 2017

The winners of the NACE Poetry Competition 2016/17 will be announced on 26 April 2017, alongside the launch of a special edition free e-book celebrating the shortlisted poems.

This year’s competition saw a record-breaking number of entries, with more than 1,300 primary- and secondary-school students submitting poems on the theme “new beginnings”.

NACE and ERW partner on more able and talented provision

Last week saw the official start to a new partnership between NACE (the National Association for More Able Children in Education) and ERW (Education Through Regional Working).

Bringing together 12 schools from the six Welsh local authorities covered by ERW, the project will focus on improving provision for more able and talented (MAT) students, in the context of “challenge for all” which is central to NACE’s approach.

Campaign to debunk learning styles neuromyth

What’s your learning style? Visual? Auditory? Kinaesthetic? If you believe it’s important to match teaching materials to individual learning styles, you’re certainly not alone – but a group of neuroscientists are now attempting to debunk this so-called “neuromyth” in UK schools.

Launched to coincide with Brain Awareness Week, the initiative is bringing scientists into schools to talk about their research, and to explain why the concept of learning styles is both widespread and misleading.

Julie Graham

Julie has been involved with NACE since it first began in 1983.  Having served as a member of the National Committee and then Chair of Trustees, she was nominated Company Secretary when NACE became a Company Limited by Guarantee.  As a former Headteacher, she has remained interested in education and, in particular, the opportunities provided for able and talented pupils.  Her work in this field included training and writing materials to support teachers in the classroom.

Johanna M. Raffan MBE

Johanna has had many years teaching experience and was a Headteacher for 25 years in Nursery, Primary and Middle schools. She was a founder member of NACE and is a past President. She was consultant to the Welsh Government, Advisor to the Government of Madeira, the Governments of Denmark and Norway.

She is an Honorary Member of the European Council for High Ability and is a UK delegate for the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She was Vice President and Secretary of the former College of Teachers and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


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