Earlier this year NACE launched an update to the Challenge Framework to reflect education priorities in Wales, and this month is making the Framework available in Welsh, increasing its accessibility to schools.
NACE has worked in Wales for over a decade, with the number of schools seeking its support to develop MAT policy and practice continuing to grow.
The Challenge Framework is a self-evaluation audit tool for whole-school review and improvement in provision for MAT learners and sits at the heart of the NACE Challenge Development Programme – a suite of exclusive resources to support NACE members at each stage of developing provision for MAT learners, in the context of challenge for all. Developed in consultation with schools and educational experts in Wales, the revised framework continues to offer the opportunity to apply for formal accreditation through the NACE Challenge Award.
Sixty schools in Wales have already achieved the Challenge Award, with Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Y Castell (Caerphilly) most recently gaining accreditation in March.
Increasingly, NACE supports clusters of schools – and has recently started working with all secondary schools in Pembrokeshire. Commenting on this new collaboration, Julian Dessent, MAT and Seren Coordinator Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire/ Sir Gar-Benfro, said:
“We have made a significant effort to raise the aspirations of students in Pembrokeshire's schools in recent years but see our new partnership with NACE as the beginning of a more fundamental development of the pedagogy required to remove any artificial limits on the achievement of our most able students. Over the coming year our eight secondary schools will be supported by NACE and its Challenge Development Programme, working to ensure we seize the opportunity the new curriculum provides for all learners to excel. We are proud that Ysgol y Preseli currently holds the Challenge Award.”
The Challenge Framework is exclusively available to NACE member schools. For member schools that have already purchased the new Framework and would like to access it in Welsh, a download is available from the Challenge Hub area of the NACE website (log in for access).
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Find out more about the Challenge Development Programme