NACE is pleased to announce two new appointments to the board of trustees, along with the creation of a new role, dedicated to supporting schools in Wales. 
 
The NACE board of trustees is comprised of a wide range of experienced professionals, united by a shared passion for improving provision for more able learners within a context of challenge for all. The board plays an essential role in steering our work as a charity, helping to ensure the support we provide for schools is effective, evidence-based, up-to-date, accountable and sustainable.
 
In addition, NACE has appointed a NACE Associate for Wales, to support the charity’s ongoing work with schools and partners across the country.

Christabel Shepherd, NACE Trustee

With over 30 years’ experience of teaching in both primary and secondary settings, Christabel Shepherd is currently Executive Headteacher of Bradford’s Copthorne Primary and Holybrook Primary Schools. She is also a National Leader of Education, leader of the Exceed SCITT English programme, facilitator for the NPQSL, Pupil Premium Reviewer, and a system leader of school-to-school support.

Christabel has extensive experience of leading on school-wide provision for more able learners, having used the NACE Challenge Framework to audit and develop provision in two schools, with both going on to achieve the NACE Challenge Award. As a NACE associate, she provides support and CPD for schools working to improve provision for the more able, and is a lead presenter for NACE’s new three-day course “Leading for more able: policy and practice”.

“I am delighted to have become a NACE trustee and, as such, be in a position to contribute to the charity’s valuable work,” Christabel says. “I have seen first-hand the impact of NACE’s work and resources – in terms of high-quality support and CPD, the infrastructure surrounding the Challenge Framework, and access to evidence-based guidance – and the benefits of this on learners’ self-esteem, personal growth and academic success.”

She adds, “It is vital that schools and teachers work collaboratively to share what works well and learn from each other. NACE plays an important role in this regard, and as a trustee I hope to share my experience of the current education landscape to ensure the charity continues to develop to meet the needs of schools, teachers and learners, whilst retaining its moral purpose and core values.”

Rhys Angell Jones, NACE Trustee

Rhys Angell Jones has worked in education for over 20 years, serving as Headteacher of Treorchy Comprehensive School since 2011. In 2016 the school became the first in Wales to gain the NACE Challenge Award for the third time, and its provision for more able and talented (MAT) learners has been recognised by Estyn as showing sector-leading practice.

Rhys was a founding member of the Central South Consortium (CSC) Strategic Group in 2014.  Through his work with the CSC, as a member of the Welsh Government School Practitioners Panel, and as a headteacher committed to school improvement, Rhys has been active in the CSC Challenge and School Challenge Cymru programmes of school-to-school support – forging strong local and national partnerships to benefit Treorchy’s learners, staff and wider school community.

“The ethos at Treorchy has been built on establishing a culture of respect and a shared commitment to ensuring every young person who walks through the school gates will be provided with the best opportunities and education to meet their individual needs,” Rhys says. “With this in mind, being involved with NACE has provided a framework through which to continuously evaluate and refine existing strategies whilst developing new approaches to ensure all learners are progressing and supported to achieve their aspirations.”

“Looking to the future, I very much hope my knowledge and experience of the education landscape in Wales, coupled with my existing and future collaborations with a range of partners, will provide opportunities for NACE to engage with more schools, professional organisations and other institutions – further enhancing the charity’s work in the rapidly developing and exciting education system Wales has to offer.”

Rhiannon Jenkins, NACE Associate for Wales

As the newly appointed NACE Associate for Wales, Rhiannon Jenkins will focus on developing NACE’s work to support schools across Wales, in collaboration with regional and national agencies, building on the charity’s longstanding relationships at all levels. A bilingual speaker, Rhiannon provides consultancy, CPD and INSET days, as well as promoting the NACE Challenge Development Programme.

Rhiannon’s career has included positions as a deputy head, advisory teacher, university lecturer and independent external mentor for newly qualified teachers. Having contributed to a number of national initiatives relating to Welsh-medium provision, she is currently the Welsh first language subject specialist for Welsh Government.

Having also worked as an assessor for the NACE Challenge Award, Rhiannon is now keen to work with schools across the country to develop MAT provision. “This is an exciting time for NACE as it relaunches the Challenge Framework, and when education in Wales is looking forward to developing a new, innovative curriculum. Being part of these new developments and able to share them with school clusters, conventions and various educational establishments is very rewarding.”

“Wales is a small country but has always punched above its weight in the education sector. Through membership of NACE, educators can access a clear, well thought-out strategy to enhance the experiences of MAT learners. Through the NACE website and resources, CPD, the criteria of the Challenge Framework and the internationally recognised NACE Challenge Award, schools know they have a tried and trusted package that will support policy and practice.”

View all current board members and NACE associates.