Against the current backdrop of policy, curriculum and assessment reform, NACE is pleased to announce the programme for 2018’s NACE Cymru Conference.

A well-established fixture in schools’ calendars, the conference brings together school leaders, MAT coordinators, policy makers and advisers to discuss the latest reforms, research and evidence-based approaches to provision for more able and talented (MAT) learners.

The conference will be held on 28 June 2018 at The St David’s Hotel, Cardiff. It is now open for online bookings, with an early-bird discount available for NACE member schools until 28 February 2018.

MAT in the context of reform

The conference will offer a range of insights and approaches to provision for MAT learners through three strands:
  • Strategy and leadership;
  • Curriculum, classroom and student outcomes;
  • School self-review and impact.
The programme will address MAT within the context of whole-school improvement through themes including: integrating MAT within leadership strategy; effective use of data; narrowing the gap for disadvantaged MAT learners; learning mindset; extending MAT learning through researchers in school; assessment and feedback; talk for learning, and more.

Alongside these workshops, Nicola Morgan, award-winning author and international expert on teenage brains and mental health, has been announced as the conference keynote presenter. Estyn will also provide delegates with an update on its MAT thematic review. View the full programme here.

Celebrating excellence in MAT provision

The Cymru Conference is also an opportunity to celebrate and disseminate examples of MAT good practice across Wales.
As well as celebrating schools that have recently gained the NACE Challenge Award, the conference will feature a "what’s new and what’s next" session. Delegates will hear about the latest policy developments, alongside advice, ideas and experiences from schools making a difference for MAT learners.

See below for details of how your school could contribute to this session and win a prize.

Call for contributions... what’s new and what’s next?

NACE is seeking school case studies to feature at the Cymru Conference. We want to know about new initiatives, ideas and projects that are having an impact on MAT learners across Wales. Featured case studies will win six months free NACE membership for the school.
To submit a case study, email with the subject line “Cymru Conference case study” by 30 April 2018. Include a brief outline of your initiative, its impact on MAT learners, and what other NACE members could learn from this example. Photographs and video are encouraged, but please ensure you have permission for these to be used.

Book now! Book your conference place early to avoid disappointment, and by 23 March 2018 to benefit from the NACE members’ early-bird rate.