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Consultancy and school review services

To support schools and groups of schools working to improve provision for more able learners, we offer the following consultancy and school review services. These can be tailored for individual schools, clusters, multi-academy trusts and teaching school alliances, within the UK or internationally.

NACE Quality of Education Curriculum Audit Tool©

New for 2019-20, the NACE Quality of Education Curriculum Audit Tool© provides a framework through which to review curriculum design with a spotlight on more able learners. The tool is available free of charge to all NACE members, with supporting consultancy available.

The audit statements are matched with the key curriculum aspects which Ofsted will consider in inspection. A Welsh version has also been created; this can be used with the current statutory curriculum and in preparation for implementation of the new Curriculum for Wales (available in English and Welsh medium).


  • NACE members: free (audit tool); £550 (accompanying half-day consultancy)*
  • Non-members: £800 (audit tool plus accompanying half-day consultancy)*

Find out more and place an order.

NACE Health Check©

Also new for 2019-20, the NACE Health Check© offers a focused one-day review to help school leaders evaluate current provision for more able learners and identify priorities for improvement. The focus is agreed through the school’s completion of the NACE Health Check audit tool, which is aligned to the new Ofsted framework.

The completed Health Check audit document is submitted along with relevant school plans, policies and data. A NACE reviewer then works with your school to agree a structure and focus for the review day, which may include discussions with key staff members, learner interviews, lesson observations and work scrutiny. At the end of the process, the school receives a full written report detailing current strengths and areas for development, with recommended next steps.


  • NACE members: £1,400*
  • Non-members: £1,700*

Find out more and place an order.

NACE Challenge Framework©

Exclusively available to NACE member schools, the NACE Challenge Framework© is an established tool for whole-school self-review and improvement in provision for more able learners. It is based on six key elements, each providing detailed criteria for high-quality provision for the more able, within a whole-school ethos of challenge for all.

NACE offers bespoke consultancy and CPD for schools using the Framework. These services can be purchased at the same time as the Framework as part of one of our standard packages (see below) or separately. Consultancy sessions are designed to help school leaders review current practice against the Framework and identify strategies to help the school move on to the next stage. CPD sessions can be tailored to focus on an identified area for development, and can be delivered for senior leadership, heads of department and/or teaching staff and assistants as appropriate.


  • NACE Challenge Framework: £395 +VAT
  • Framework with consultancy: £795 +VAT*
  • Framework, consultancy and bespoke CPD: £1,695 +VAT*
  • Additional half-day consultancy: £500 +VAT*

Bespoke packages are also available for clusters, trusts and alliances.

Find out more and place an order.

*All prices are plus VAT and consultant/tutor expenses as appropriate.

To find out more about NACE membership (starting from just £95 +VAT per year and covering all staff in your school), click here.