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The more able and talented (MAT) agenda continues to be a national priority for Wales: highlighted within Education in Wales: Our national mission; in Estyn’s inspections and recent thematic review; and now clearly within the education reforms. Getting it right for this group of learners continues to be a national imperative.

In the light of these developments, NACE is launching the updated NACE Challenge Framework: a self-evaluation toolkit for whole-school review and improvement in provision for MAT learners. The updated framework is exclusively available to NACE members.

The update reflects education priorities in Wales, embedding the key pedagogical principles and four curriculum purposes, alongside a focus on school self-evaluation. It supports senior leaders in whole-school review, while enabling practitioners and teams to collaboratively reflect on and develop their practice.

It includes extended exemplars and a wide range of support materials, drawn from the growing number of NACE Challenge Award-accredited schools and NACE’s own research programmes. Supporting materials include: a departmental audit template, updated guidance on school data, and multiple exemplars around the collection and presentation of evidence.

The Challenge Framework is 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.

Alongside the framework, the NACE Challenge Development Programme offers:
  • Bespoke consultancy and CPD for your teaching and/or leadership teams;
  • Access to exclusive online resources;
  • Opportunity to apply for NACE Challenge Award accreditation;
  • Membership of a community of likeminded schools and professionals.
The programme is designed to support schools across all phases and at all stages of development – including schools already demonstrating good or outstanding provision for MAT learners, and those for whom this is a key action point for improvement.

Commenting on the updated framework, which is now available to schools, NACE CEO Sue Riley said: “Drawn from the extensive database of best practice NACE holds, the resources have been compiled by specialists in school improvement, practising teachers and our team of educational consultants – they are focused on a whole-school model, and will help senior and middle leaders with policy, and departments with provision and practice.”

Hilary Lowe, NACE Challenge Adviser, added: “We know what positive impact the work we already undertake with schools has had. As all schools become more ambitious and knowledgeable about what can be achieved for a greater number of children, the expansion of the Challenge Development Programme will provide support and resources to help schools raise achievement for all learners capable of achieving highly and broadening their life horizons.”

Q&A

Why has the NACE Challenge Framework been updated?

To keep pace with the extensive educational reforms currently taking place in Wales and continued focus on MAT. The framework reflects these current developments, making it a relevant and valuable whole-school self-review and improvement tool.   

Additional supporting materials have also been added, including: a new departmental audit template, updated guidance on data, exemplars for evidence and portfolio, guidance for middle leaders and questionnaires for self-evaluation.

What is the NACE Challenge Development Programme and how can it help my school?

The NACE Challenge Development Programme offers 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, the programme is based on the established criteria of the NACE Challenge Framework – a tool for school self-evaluation and improvement in provision for MAT learners.

Alongside the Challenge Framework, the NACE Challenge Development Programme offers:
  • Bespoke consultancy and CPD for your teaching and/or leadership teams;
  • Access to exclusive online resources;
  • Opportunity to apply for NACE Challenge Award accreditation;
  • Membership of a community of likeminded schools and professionals.
The programme is designed to support schools across all phases and at all stages of development – including schools already demonstrating good or outstanding provision for MAT learners, and those for whom this is a key action point for improvement.

How do I find out more about the NACE Challenge Development Programme?

Visit this webpage, or contact us.

How do I purchase the NACE Challenge Framework?

For information about current packages and costs, click here.

To place an order, click here.

What should I do if my school is working with the 'Quality Standards for More Able and Talented Pupils'?

NACE has updated the Challenge Framework to reflect curriculum developments in Wales and would encourage schools to use the updated version and its extensive supporting resources.

From April 2019, schools wishing to be assessed for the NACE Challenge Award will need to do so against the updated NACE Challenge Framework.

Why is there a cost for the Challenge Framework?

NACE is an independent charity, and has developed the Challenge Framework and Challenge Development Programme as resources to help schools improve provision for MAT learners. The framework and accompanying materials are regularly updated with additional resources and examples of best practice. The costs charged to schools cover the work involved in creating and updating these resources.

Does purchasing the Challenge Framework make my school eligible for Challenge Award assessment?

For schools in the early stages of developing provision for MAT learners, the Challenge Framework provides a useful structure through which to identify strengths and priorities for improvement. Schools with an established focus on policy and practice in this area will be ready to audit their provision, complete the self-evaluation and compile a portfolio of supporting evidence – this can then be submitted as part of an application for Challenge Award accreditation.

My school currently holds the NACE Challenge Award. What do the updates mean for my school?

At your school’s next Challenge Award reaccreditation you will be required to work with the updated Challenge Framework. This aligns with current educational priorities. You should purchase a school-wide licence for the updated framework, which will include access to supporting online resources.

Please note that following your next reaccreditation, your school will be required to renew its accreditation every three years (previously every four years).

How do I find out more about the NACE Challenge Award?

Visit this webpage, or contact us.

What should I do if I have any additional questions?

Please get in touch via email (challenge@nace.co.uk) or phone (01235 425000).