MAT 20/20: looking to the future, learning from the best
Policy and provision for MAT learners that supports high achievement for all
Date: 16 June 2020
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 31 January 2020) Book now
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
(TBC) Rhys Angell Jones, NACE Trustee and Headteacher of Treorchy Comprehensive School: "Ambitious, capable learners: the place of MAT in the new curriculum"
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)
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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