Exclusively available to NACE members, the NACE Challenge Development Programme is supported through the NACE Challenge Framework, and can lead to formal accreditation through the NACE Challenge Award.

All prices are subject to VAT, and NACE expenses where applicable.

Programme options

1. Framework: £395

Access to the NACE Challenge Framework self-assessment audit tool and supporting resources, including online materials to assist your school in its improvement journey.

2. Framework and consultancy: £795*

In addition to the NACE Challenge Framework, a half-day consultancy session for school leaders. The session will review current practice, map this against the framework, and explore strategies to help the school move forward.

3. Framework, consultancy and bespoke CPD: £1,695*

In addition to the support detailed above, this option also includes a one-day CPD session for school staff, led by a NACE expert. The session will focus on identified areas for development, and can be tailored to heads of department, senior management or teaching staff and assistants as appropriate.

To discuss the most appropriate option for your school, or to create a bespoke support package, contact us on 01235 828280 or challengeaward@nace.co.uk.

To order a NACE Challenge Development Programme package, click here.

NACE Challenge Award

Schools whose self-evaluation indicates that they have met the criteria outlined in the NACE Challenge Framework are eligible to apply for NACE Challenge Award accreditation.


The pre-assessment visit is compulsory for schools applying for accreditation for the first time, and optional for those applying for reaccreditation.
  • Primary school: £500  
  • Secondary school: £600 

The costs for NACE Challenge Award assessment are based on school size. The same fee applies for first accreditations and for subsequent reaccreditations.
  • 249 pupils or less (1 assessor): £950
  • 250-499 pupils (1 assessor): £1,050
  • 500-999 pupils (1 assessor): £1,300
  • 1,000-1,999 pupils (2 assessors): £1,950
  • 2,000+ pupils: price on application
To place an order for NACE Challenge Award assessment, click here.

For more information about the NACE Challenge Development Programme, contact us.

*Consultants’ travel and other expenses will be invoiced separately following each visit (currently £0.45 per mile, and including overnight accommodation where necessary)