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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.

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Members' early-bird(Available until 5 February 2020)

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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:

  • Headteachers
  • Senior and middle leaders
  • Cluster executives
  • More able and talented (MAT) leads
  • Teachers
  • Governors


  • 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.


  • Keynote – Estyn


  • 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)


  • Workshops (as above)


  • 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

  • Download a printable version here