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NACE Challenge Development Programme

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Develop your school’s provision for more able learners, in the context of challenge for all.

Whatever your starting point and needs, you will find the NACE Challenge Development Programme invaluable within your school improvement cycle.

The NACE Challenge Development Programme is designed to support school leaders who are uncompromising in their ambition to ensure more able learners achieve their potential, in the context of challenge for all. The programme is founded on the NACE Challenge Framework, a well-established tool for whole-school review and improvement, with accompanying Handbook, resources, consultancy, CPD and opportunities for school-to-school working.

Comprehensive and robust in its criteria, the programme can be used by schools and groups of schools at all phases, sectors and contexts – including those already demonstrating good or outstanding provision for more able learners, as well as those for whom this is a key area for improvement. It is regularly reviewed to ensure it supports current areas of emphasis in school improvement and accountability, including expectations set out in the Ofsted, Estyn, ISI and other evaluation schedules.

Schools working through the programme can apply for Challenge Award accreditation – external validation of high-quality provision for more able learners.

To read more about the programme, click here.

To read more about the journey to Challenge Award accreditation, click here.

Whether you want to focus on whole-school strategy, coordinate approaches across your trust or cluster, or inspire teaching staff with ideas for classroom provision, we can develop a practical training programme to meet your needs. Our standard packages include:

1. NACE Challenge Framework and Handbook: £395

Access to the Framework, Handbook and supporting resources, including recorded webinars and online materials to assist your school in its improvement journey.

2. Framework and Handbook with consultancy: £795

In addition to the Framework, Handbook and supporting resources, this package includes a half-day consultancy session for school leaders. The session will review current practice, map this against the Framework, and explore strategies to help the school move forward.

3. Framework, Handbook, consultancy and bespoke CPD: £1,695

In addition to the support detailed above, this option also includes a one-day CPD session for up to 25 members of staff, led by a NACE expert. The session will focus on identified areas for development, and can be tailored to heads of department, senior management or teaching staff and assistants as appropriate.

Additional half-day consultancy: £500 +VAT*

Available for schools at any stage of working with the Challenge Framework, in addition to any of the packages detailed above. This can be useful in maintaining progress and momentum, as well as assessing the impact of implemented initiatives and identifying next priorities.

To place an order, click here.

To discuss the most appropriate option for your school, or to create a bespoke support package, contact us.

The NACE Challenge Hub provides online access to:

  • Latest edition of the Challenge Framework (English and Welsh versions)
  • Introductory PPTs to share with colleagues (English and Welsh versions)
  • Handbook providing guidance for school leaders, coordinators and departments
  • Webinars exploring the Framework ethos and criteria in depth
  • Self-evaluation guidance and exemplar materials
  • Additional guidance and templates to support self-review and action-planning
  • Latest news and opportunities for schools using the Framework
  • Details of upcoming Challenge Clinics – free 1-2-1 support
  • Opportunity to connect directly with other schools using the Framework

Already working with the Framework? Log in to access the Challenge Hub.

Challenge Framework

An established tool for whole-school review and improvement in provision for more able learners, the NACE Challenge Framework provides a robust and comprehensive set of criteria with accompanying guidance and resources.

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Bespoke support

Delivered by our network of experienced practitioners and education experts, Challenge consultancy and CPD is tailored to meet the needs of each school or cluster.

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Challenge Award

The NACE Challenge Award provides external validation of school-wide high-quality provision for more able learners within a context of challenge for all, as well as allowing schools to set ongoing development priorities.

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