Read the latest blog posts from school leadersteachers, able coordinators and expert practitioners – sharing ideas to improve provision for able students. Find fresh inspiration for your own classroom, enrichment initiatives or school policy, and get in touch to share a success story from your own school.

June, 2017

Teaching, learning & assessment

Wevva for Schools: help to shape the app
Professor Simon Colton shares his experience of speaking at the NACE National Conference 2017, and invites NACE members to help develop his new app for schools.
Building independence through marking and feedback
Ynysowen Community Primary School is a successful primary school in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. The school is a Digital Pioneer School for the Welsh government and is a self-improving school. Ynysowen achieved its second NACE Challenge Award accreditation in May 2017.
Tom Hills, deputy headteacher and additional learning needs coordinator, gives an overview of the substantial work the school has done in the area of marking and feedback.

Leadership & policy

Making the most of the NACE Challenge Award report
Tom Cragg, vice principal and line manager of the MAT coordinator at Chelsea Academy, describes the steps taken to maximise the feedback given by NACE following the Academy’s successful Challenge Award assessment day.

May, 2017


From identification of potential to profiling for provision
Becky Catlin, gifted and talented coordinator at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, explains how a school policy for the identification of more able learners can become a guide to profiling for provision across the curriculum.

When taking on the role of gifted and talented coordinator at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, and beginning my research into the needs of gifted children, the initial and ultimately the broadest debate I encountered was the problem of how to define and identify giftedness.

April, 2017

Teaching, learning & assessment

Developing a “menu of challenge” for modern language learning
Anna Wynd, head of modern foreign languages at North Oxfordshire Academy (NOA), explains how the school approaches language learning through a “menu of challenge”.

In our approach to modern foreign language teaching and learning at North Oxfordshire Academy, we strive to nurture and encourage our pupils’ enthusiasm and curiosity, offering a varied menu of challenge.

Enrichment, guidance & support

Inspiring able maths students through peer-led workshops
Bonnie Powell, aspirations leader at The Bicester School, explains how inviting a group of sixth-formers to run a workshop has given her school’s able maths students new inspiration.

As part of the raising aspirations agenda at The Bicester School, this year we arranged a maths workshop session for more able Year 11 students. We wanted to deliver something different from their usual classroom experience, and inspire them to consider maths at a higher level.

Monitoring & evaluation

The lasting impact of the NACE Challenge Award at Kennet School
Berkshire’s Kennet School recently attained its third accreditation under the NACE Challenge Award scheme, one of only a small number of schools to achieve this so far. Paul Dick, chief executive of the Kennet School Academies Trust, explains how the Award and underlying framework have helped the school raise standards for all students.

Kennet School is very proud of being only the 12th school in the country to achieve a third-time accreditation of the NACE Challenge Award.