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NACE Leadership Conference 2020
Understanding more able learners: key drivers to inform policy and practice
Interactive online event
16 - 20 November 2020
Monday - Thursday 3.45-5.00pm, Friday 12.30-1.30pm
This interactive online conference explores five key aspects to help schools develop effective practice for more able learners. Taking a holistic view of the learner, and current challenges facing schools, the event provides authoritative keynotes alongside opportunities for senior peer-to-peer exchange.
Delegates will gain an in-depth view of NACE’s national research project “Making Space for More Able Learners” and hear from leading figures as they explore the latest thinking around perfectionism and wellbeing. The role of learner and educator will also be explored as we review learning technologies.
The final conference session will focus on the role of school leaders in creating the climate for challenge, as we hear directly from headteachers who participated in the NACE research project.
The programme is a series of five online sessions across the week. Purchasing a conference pass allows for one participant to attend each live session, but for added flexibility, it does not have to be the same person each time, allowing you to share conference participation amongst your leadership team if you wish. Additional conference passes can be purchased to allow wider remote access, or you can purchase a recording of the main sessions if you are unable to join us live.Book now
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Exploring cognitive challenge - how do you optimise the engagement, learning and achievement of very able young people?
3.45 - 5.00pm, Monday 16 November
In this session, NACE research leads Hilary Lowe and Dr Ann McCarthy will share findings from our latest research project with insights into pedagogical approaches which provide cognitive challenge and have a positive impact on the learning and achievement of more able learners.
Based on a series of research visits to schools that have gained the NACE Challenge Award, the session will explore:
Perfectionism and able learners: current research and future classroom practice
3.45 - 5.00pm, Tuesday 17 November
Presentation and discussion led by Professor Andy Hill, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), York St John University.
What’s holding them back? Lifting barriers to achievement for more able learners
3.45 - 5.00pm, Wednesday 18 November
Carrie Winstanley, Professor of Pedagogy at Roehampton University, will consider some of the reasons why more able learners do not achieve as well as they could. She will consider classroom strategies based on research that can support areas such as self-regulation and mindset, along with sharing her views on equality of challenge.
How can schools optimise the use of digital technologies to support the needs of more able learners?
3.45 - 5.00pm, Thursday 19 November
Starting from the perspective of the learner, NACE patron Dr Chris Yapp will consider what learning needs technology can address, how to extend and enrich through digital resources and enable true independent pursuit of learning for the more able.
Creating a climate for challenge – leadership imperatives that support high-quality education
12.30 - 1.30pm, Friday 20 November
In conversation with headteachers from our research project schools, NACE Education Adviser Hilary Lowe will explore key organisational factors that have led to high-quality education for more able learners. Following initial views from our panel, you will be invited to take part in a live Q&A session.
What our delegates say
Excellent, clear delivery. Lovely to have an opportunity during this unprecedented time to reflect on our students and more able learners.
Online course participant
An informative and interesting session. It provided lots to think about and ways to start improving practice for myself as lead and for my school.
Online course participant
Zoom CPD session was very effective. A really great way forward for future CPD sessions as it allows you to remain onsite but be fully engaged.
Online course participant
, NACE Education Adviser
With extensive experience in the education sector and a longstanding focus on more able provision, Hilary plays a key role in developing NACE's CPD, research, policy and guidance for schools.View profile
Dr Ann McCarthy
, NACE Associate
An experienced education consultant, leader and practitioner, Ann is a former Improvement Director for a multi-academy trust. She currently leads on NACE's regional R&D Hubs initiative.View profile
Prof. Andrew Hill
, York St John University
Professor Hill directs a research group examining the consequences of perfectionism in different achievement contexts at York St John University, and has written widely on this topic.View profile
Dr Chris Yapp
, NACE patron
Futurist Dr Chris Yapp has a longstanding interest in the future of education, including the challenges of personalised and lifelong learning, educational transformation and the knowledge economy.View profile
Prof. Carrie Winstanley
, University of Roehampton
Having taught in schools and HE for 25 years, Carrie Winstanley is now Professor of Pedagogy at Roehampton University, with an interest in developing appropriate challenge for learners of all ages.View profile