The Brilliant Club’s Greg Scannell shares his top four reasons not to miss this year’s NACE Cymru Conference, coming to Cardiff on 28 June…

1. Step away from the classroom…

It’s not often teachers get a chance to step out of the classroom to spend time focusing on their own professional development. Attending the NACE Cymru Conference will give you a chance to enhance your own skills, gain new strategies to support your more able learners, and ask any questions you may have about different areas of provision – from effective use of data and whole-school improvement, to growth mindset and raising aspirations.

2. Share ideas with peers from across Wales

Listen to and share best practice with teachers and school leaders from across Wales, all working to improve provision for more able learners. The best insights and ideas can often come from chance conversations with like-minded practitioners, so seize this opportunity to meet others who are in similar roles, and make the most of the broad range of experience the conference community has to offer.

3. Take away practical action points for your school

The conference offers a broad selection of workshops, all with a focus on providing practical examples, ideas and action points. My own session, for example, aims to help delegates design and implement support packages that run alongside the school curriculum to raise aspirations towards higher education and give learners the best chance of being university-ready.

4. Consider joining The Scholars Programme

Finally, join me at the conference to find out about The Scholars Programme, a scheme which places researchers in schools to deliver university-style tutorials with accompanying assignments, one-to-one support and university visits. Speak to me to find out how your school could join the scheme, and to learn more about its positive impact on achievement, self-efficacy and progression to university.

Greg Scannell is The Brilliant Club’s National Manager for Wales, overseeing the development and running of The Scholars Programme across the country. In this role, he brings together universities, colleges, schools and external partners to deliver university-style learning programmes that stretch and challenge young people, develop their academic skills and knowledge, and ultimately raise their aspirations towards attending top universities.

Book your place…

The full programme for the NACE Cymru Conference can be viewed here, and places can be booked using our online booking form. Workshop places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis; early booking is recommended to secure your first choices.
Monday, June 4, 2018