MAT 20/20: looking to the future, learning from the best
Policy and provision for MAT learners that supports high achievement for all
Location: Novotel Cardiff Centre, Schooner Way, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10 4RT
The aspirational agenda is clear: educational excellence for all. But knowing how to put this into practice can be challenging. This thought-leading conference places a lens on provision for more able and talented (MAT) learners,
exploring principles and strategies to inform a whole-school approach to challenge and high achievement for all that drives sustainable school improvement in the context of curriculum change in Wales.
(Available until 5 February 2020) Expired
Learn from high-performing schools, leaders and experts in the field as they share the latest research, strategies and innovative, evidence-led delivery practices:
What are the principles of a whole-school approach to MAT in a curriculum that supports excellence for all?
Examining effective pedagogical principles and approaches that support MAT learners
Supporting staff to deliver high-quality teaching which takes account of learner differences and excellence for all
Strategies to build learner resilience, self-esteem and independence
Moving away from labels to focus on challenging learning opportunities that maximise ability and achievement
The conference is aimed at:
Senior and middle leaders
More able and talented (MAT) leads
Welcome – Sue Riley, NACE CEO
"Ambitious, capable learners: the place of MAT in the new curriculum" – Rhys Angell Jones, NACE Trustee and Headteacher of Treorchy Comprehensive School
Keynote – Carrie Winstanley, Professor of Pedagogy, University of Roehampton: "What’s holding them back? Lifting the barriers to achievement for more able learners"
Break – refreshments, networking, exhibition
Workshops (choose from list when booking):
(i) Schools as learning organisations: Findings from NACE’s Welsh R&D Hub professional enquiry project.
(ii) Self-evaluation - where to start with MAT: Moving from audit to implementation. Practical tools and strategic insights for developing high-quality MAT provision.
(iii) Managing challenging learning (primary): The principles of designing challenging learning activities and managing the classroom environment to optimise achievement for all.
(iii) Managing challenging learning (secondary): The principles of designing challenging learning activities and managing the classroom environment to optimise achievement for all.
(v) Perfectionism and the wellbeing of MAT learners: Initial findings and recommendations for schools from the NACE/York St John University research project.
(vi) From learner voice to learner leadership: : How schools engage learners as active collaborators in vision, values, curriculum and pedagogy.
Ask the experts: Q&A panel – perspectives on MAT (questions in advance and from the floor)
Lunch and Challenge Clinic (1-2-1 support from NACE; sessions available in Welsh and English)
Keynote – Hilary Lowe, Education Adviser, NACE: "Lessons from successful schools. What NACE’s latest research tells us about schools that have effective MAT provision and practice"
Working with NACE: 2020 and beyond – Sue Riley, NACE CEO
Networking and refreshments
Access to exclusive practical resources to use in your school, focusing on the conference themes
Opportunity to join the NACE R&D Hub in Wales – sharing resources and effective practice for MAT learners
What our delegates say
A great course that has really inspired me to develop our provision further and introduce a range of new ideas that should improve outcomes and aspirations for our students.
Assistant Headteacher, Sarah Bonnell School
Such a fantastic day, so many ideas to take away. The challenge now is to find time to implement them all in the timetable.
Deputy Head, Brookham School
Incredibly useful and thought-provoking day. I am now armed with a range of strategies to try out that I feel will really benefit our students.
Teacher, Caludon Castle School
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