NACE and ERW partner on more able and talented provision

Last week saw the official start to a new partnership between NACE (the National Association for More Able Children in Education) and ERW (Education Through Regional Working).

Bringing together 12 schools from the six Welsh local authorities covered by ERW, the project will focus on improving provision for more able and talented (MAT) students, in the context of “challenge for all” which is central to NACE’s approach.

Campaign to debunk learning styles neuromyth

What’s your learning style? Visual? Auditory? Kinaesthetic? If you believe it’s important to match teaching materials to individual learning styles, you’re certainly not alone – but a group of neuroscientists are now attempting to debunk this so-called “neuromyth” in UK schools.

Launched to coincide with Brain Awareness Week, the initiative is bringing scientists into schools to talk about their research, and to explain why the concept of learning styles is both widespread and misleading.

Julie Graham

Julie has been involved with NACE since it first began in 1983. Having served as a member of the National Committee and then Chair of Trustees, she was nominated Company Secretary when NACE became a Company Limited by Guarantee. As a former headteacher, she has remained interested in education and, in particular, the opportunities provided for more able learners. Her experience in this field has included training and writing materials to support teachers in the classroom.

Johanna M. Raffan MBE

Johanna has had many years teaching experience and was a headteacher for 25 years in nursery, primary and middle schools. She was a founding member of NACE and is a past president of the charity. She has also served as a consultant to the Welsh Government, and as an advisor to the governments of Madeira, Denmark and Norway.

Amy Whittall

Amy Whittall is Deputy Headteacher at King Edward VI Aston School, a selective boys' Grammar school in Birmingham.  Her responsibilities include teaching and learning, as well as able, gifted and talented provision.   She was part of the Warwick University REDco Community of Practice, completing action research on teaching gifted and talented students in Religious Education.  Amy has worked in the north west network of Birmingham schools, sharing and developing practice for able, gifted and talented students.

Steve Clarke

With a distinguished background in business leadership and accountancy, Steve Clarke joined NACE’s Board of Trustees in 2010, becoming Chair in 2014. During his 25 years at accountancy firm James Cowper Kreston, Steve acted for some of the firm’s largest and most prestigious clients, covering a variety of industries and advising on a wide range of strategic and commercial issues. Under his leadership, James Cowper Kreston was shortlisted as the UK's best mid-tier practice 2010-2013. He now has a portfolio of non-executive appointments in addition to consultancy and project work.

Mary Fitzpatrick

Mary has been a Vice Principal in a large secondary school in Oxfordshire. She has many years teaching experience in secondary schools in both the inner city and the provinces. For a short period she held a research fellowship in the Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University. She is especially interested in the kind of able individual, who does not conform to the traditional stereotype of high ability, who will not necessarily go on to higher education, eg, able entrepreneurs or students with autistic spectrum disorders.

Liz Allen CBE, BA, MA, FRSA

From her first teaching post in 1967, Liz has managed curriculum initiatives that have opened up opportunities for young people to aspire to high personal achievement. In her first headship at Altwood Church of England Comprehensive School (1993-2001), she worked on national guidelines for formative assessment and target-setting. As headteacher of Newstead Wood School (2001-2013), she continued her commitment to raising achievement for all young people, especially for the exceptionally able.

Sue Mordecai

Having started her career as a history teacher, Sue Mordecai has worked in both primary and secondary schools, moving on to roles as head of school improvement in a local authority, associate tutor at Oxford Brookes University, and as an adviser to the International Charles Darwin Trust.

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