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.

Amy Whittall

Amy Whittall is Deputy Headteacher at King Edward VI Aston School, a selective boys' Grammar school in Birmingham.  Her responsibilities include teaching and learning, as well as able, gifted and talented provision.   She was part of the Warwick University REDco Community of Practice, completing action research on teaching gifted and talented students in Religious Education.  Amy has worked in the north west network of Birmingham schools, sharing and developing practice for able, gifted and talented students.

Steve Clarke

Steve spent 25 years at James Cowper Kreston acting for some of the firm’s largest and most prestigious clients, covering a variety of industries and sectors and advising on a wide range of accounting issues and their commercial impact: strategic advice, structuring, business planning, and leading business efficiency programmes. Under his leadership, James Cowper Kreston was short-listed as the UK's best mid-tier practice 2010-2013. He now concentrates on non-executive appointments and project work.

Mary Fitzpatrick

Mary has been a Vice Principal in a large secondary school in Oxfordshire. She has many years teaching experience in secondary schools in both the inner city and the provinces. For a short period she held a research fellowship in the Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University. She is especially interested in the kind of able individual, who does not conform to the traditional stereotype of high ability, who will not necessarily go on to higher education, eg, able entrepreneurs or students with autistic spectrum disorders.

Alexandra Butler

Alex is an experienced executive headteacher and currently leads a growing urban school, together with a SCITT catering for 40 primary and secondary trainees in West Berkshire.  As a National Leader of Education in both her previous and in her current school she works with several schools supporting them to make rapid improvement.  She has experience of working at both ends of the Ofsted spectrum and currently undertakes section 8 monitoring of schools causing concern for Ofsted.  Following an education degree with music, she taught for the Ministry of Education in Japan and the


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