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Member survey: your feedback, our response

30 November 2018   (0 Comments)
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At the start of this academic year, we asked NACE members to complete a simple two-question survey – inviting all member schools to share feedback to improve the support and opportunities we provide.

Below are the most-cited areas raised by the survey – and what we’re doing in response.

Value of membership

You asked for… A clear picture of what NACE membership provides.

What we’re doing… Over the past year, we’ve added to what is included in annual school membership: termly webinars and member meetups; new opportunities to engage in research and partnership initiatives; and exclusive access to the updated Challenge Development Programme are all included in the cost of membership. We’re also extending our online resource library each term, which includes our Essentials series of guides, policy bites and case studies. Read on for additional ways to gain full value from your membership.

Take a look… Log in to our members’ area to view the latest resources, webinars and member opportunities.

What next? We’ll continue to listen to members to ensure the resources and support we offer provide good value for schools – relevant, easy to access and use, impact-focused and evidence-based. We’ll also focus on making it easier for members to access the full range of our member benefits (including an updated online platform – see below).

Opportunities to engage and exchange

You asked for… More opportunities to engage with NACE and with fellow members – including locally and online.

What we’re doing… Launched last year, NACE R&D Hubs are now up and running in four locations, bringing NACE members together to collaborate regionally. We’re also bringing our member meetups to new locations, and offering a range of opportunities for members to engage in research and development (more on this below).

Take a look… 5 reasons to join a NACE R&D Hub – explore the benefits of joining a Hub in this blog post from Joanne Hendriksen, Director of Teaching and Learning at Holme Grange School.

What next? We’ll continue to extend the reach of our meetups, Hubs and partnerships, and to review locations for our national CPD programme. Our new website will also offer new opportunities for peer exchange online.

Subject to interest, we will trial additional regional events. To express your interest in hosting/attending a member event in your area, please get in touch.

Specialised resources and CPD

You asked for… Resources and CPD in specific subject areas, as well as focusing on specific phases, sectors and additional areas of support such as wellbeing.

What we’re doing… We're adding to the NACE Essentials range and other member resources each term. Recent additions include guides focusing on high attainment in GCSE science, more able provision in the EYFS, and the use of mindset theory to support more able learners. Our workshops also offer subject-specific support in key curriculum areas, supplemented by webinars.

Take a look… Our next webinar will focus on CEIAG for more able learners. Log in for full details and to reserve your place.

What next? Planned topics for Essentials guides and webinars include: CEIAG, enrichment, independent learners, science capital, oracy skills and more.

Bite-sized communications

You asked for… Bite-sized communications and support to fit into busy school schedules.

What we’re doing… Our webinars are already proving popular for this reason – allowing members to log in live from any location, and to share the recordings with colleagues for use in team meetings and staff training. This year we've also extended our monthly email newsfeed to offer more quick links to resources and opportunities, as well as sharing top tips via our members' blog.

Take a look… It doesn’t get much more bite-sized than Twitter! Follow us for regular updates from across our community.

What next? From next term, we'll extend our webinar series to include sessions presented by partner organisations exclusively for NACE members. We'll also extend our use of social media and email communications, offering more regular bite-sized updates.

Support for the NACE Challenge journey

You asked for… Additional support throughout the process of working with the NACE Challenge Framework and applying for NACE Challenge Award accreditation or reaccreditation. 

What we’re doing… The latest additions to the Challenge Framework and supporting resources include new tools and guidance to support departmental review, evidence collection and case study submissions. Schools working towards the Challenge Award can also benefit from one-to-one support at our termly Challenge clinics, while “Challenge check-ins” offer an opportunity to reflect on progress at the mid-point between accreditations.

Take a look… Our new Challenge webinar series offers in-depth guidance on each of the six elements of the Challenge Framework. The first in the series is now available for all NACE members: log in to access the recording.

What next? We’ll continue to add new webinars, resources and case studies to the Challenge Hub section of our website. Also in the pipeline, a new online version of the Challenge Framework will make it easier for schools to track and share progress, upload evidence and action plan. Check the Challenge slot of our monthly newsfeed for updates.

A strong voice for NACE and our members

You asked for… A strong national (and international) voice and profile for NACE and our members.

What we’re doing… We’re engaging with DfE, Welsh Government, Ofsted, Estyn and others. We're also increasing our collaborations with partners such as the Fair Education Alliance and School Libraries Association on national campaigns to improve provision for more able learners and opportunities for all. Our growing research programme is building an evidence base to support this work, drawing on the experience of Challenge Award-accredited schools and empowering members to engage in research.

Take a look… This term's edition of the NACE Insight newsletter features an overview of our current research initiatives – keep an eye out for your copy in the post, or log in to our members’ site for the online edition.

What next? Over the next 18 months, we'll publish research showcasing effective practice for more able learners drawn from across the Leading Schools Network – schools holding the Challenge Award. We'll also share the results of action research conducted by NACE members in collaboration with the University of Winchester's Expansive Education Network (eedNET); initial findings from our MAT research group in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University; and areas investigated by the NACE R&D Hubs. Members will also be invited to contribute to research exploring perceptions of challenge, in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University.

Easily accessible online support

You asked for… A more user-friendly online platform, making it easier to find resources quickly.

What we’re doing… We’re working to simplify and improve our existing website, while developing a new online platform. This will allow us to offer new opportunities for members – including the ability to more easily search/filter resources, contribute to forums and shared interest groups, and keep track of individual and school CPD.

Take a look… To request a reminder of your school’s website login details, or to add additional colleagues to your membership record, complete this online form.

What next? Watch this space for the launch of our new website – we look forward to hearing your feedback as we continue to improve our offerings both on- and off-line.

Questions about your membership? Get in touch.

Not yet a member of NACE? Find out more.