Sue Riley, NACE CEO

We’re quickly moving towards the end of the term, and I want to use my final blog of the academic year to look ahead at some of the support and opportunities in store for members in 2018-19.

Share your expertise

Opportunities to work alongside and learn from one another have never been greater. Our members have always played a central role in supporting NACE events, research and publications. This year more than ever you have shared your expertise in many ways: contributing blog posts, speaking at member meetups, running workshops at events, co-authoring NACE Essentials publications and webinars – there are many ways to get involved.

A growing number of our members are becoming NACE associates too. If you’re interested in sharing your knowledge in a specific curriculum area, supporting other schools to develop their more able offer, or sharing your experience of working with the NACE Challenge Framework, do get in touch.

Expanding our regional work

Next term we’ll be exploring further regional working with member schools. Are you part of a group of schools that would benefit from working collaboratively with NACE? Could you host an event? Contact us to find out more.

Member-led research and development

This year NACE has focused on facilitating member-led research and development, as part of our “excellence to evidence” theme, bringing research into the classroom.

Amongst other projects, we were pleased to announce the launch of the NACE Research and Development Hubs, as well as opportunities for members to become NRICH maths ambassadors and to work with Rising Stars on maths mastery resource development. We also launched a new collaboration with the Expansive Education Network at the University of Winchester, giving members the opportunity to develop their own action research projects, exploring an aspect of curriculum, teaching and support for more able learners.

The coming year will see us sharing the outcomes of these projects, as well as offering opportunities for members in Wales to contribute to more able research in a new collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University. Additionally, we will be undertaking detailed case study research with our Challenge Award schools as we continue to build our evidence base and formally capture and disseminate some of the best practice in provision for more able learners.

Getting ready for the year ahead

Our focus this term has been on the role of those leading on more able provision – a key ingredient to high-performing schools. If you missed our recent webinar offering practical advice on how to review and update (or create) your school’s policy for more able learners, log in to our members’ area to access the recording and supporting resources – and while you’re there, catch up on the latest NACE Essentials, other webinar recordings and member updates.

Next term we’re launching a new three-day course for those leading on more able policy and practice, aimed at supporting senior and middle leaders, SLEs and coordinators, with close links to the NACE Challenge Framework. Practical in nature, it will explore contextual factors, key principles, curriculum review, audit planning and professional enquiry, leaving each delegate with an individual action plan for their school or cluster.

Free member meetups

Finally, our full 2018-19 CPD programme is now available – including details of our free termly member meetups. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming members to new partner venues – the Science Museum, Oxford University’s Jesus College and Wales Millennium Centre – for meetups exploring questioning in science, independent learning and enrichment. The meetups are free for all staff at NACE member schools; do share the details with colleagues and book online as soon as possible to secure your place.

On behalf of all the NACE team, I would like to wish you all a good summer break, and we look forward to working with you in the coming year. 

The CEO of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), Sue Riley has 20 years’ experience in the education and charity fields, having worked on a range of programmes designed to raise confidence and aspirations for young people. To find out more about upcoming projects at NACE and opportunities to get involved, contact Sue via the NACE head office.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018