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May, 2017

Professional development

NACE National Conference 2017: plan your day
Plan your day at the NACE National Conference 2017 – get workshop descriptions, presenter information, venue details and more.

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NACE National Conference 2017: workshops
Find out what to expect and plan your day at the NACE National Conference 2017, with the full list of workshop descriptions now available.

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NACE National Conference 2017: presenters
The NACE National Conference will feature keynotes from Professor Lord Robert Winston and Professor Simon Colton, policy updates from Ofsted and the DfE, and practical workshops led by experienced school leaders, consultants and researchers.

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NACE National Conference 2017: “giving talent space”
The flagship event of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), the NACE National Conference is the leading event for schools with a focus on provision for more able learners.


Teaching, learning & assessment

What can teachers learn from the Bletchley Park codebreakers?
For attendees of this year’s NACE National Conference, Bletchley Park's Tom Briggs is offering a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a real Enigma machine, while exploring how the Bletchley Park story can help teachers improve provision for more able learners in today’s classrooms.

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Research & reports

What you REALLY need to know about the science of learning
A quick search of the internet is enough to confirm there’s no shortage of theories about how people learn, or how to help young people learn more effectively.

The problem, says researcher and NACE patron Dr Richard Bailey, is that much of this information is not only inaccurate, but potentially harmful. He believes, “A lot of the stuff that goes in the name of the science of learning or neuroscience isn’t just wrong – it’s dangerously wrong.”

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Enrichment, guidance & support

Why our most able students need better careers support
Emotional resilience adviser Michelle Spirit argues that the most able students should be moved to the front of the line for careers support. She points out that highly able learners are often at the most risk of being overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of information available, and the pressure of making the “perfect” choice.

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April, 2017

Enrichment, guidance & support

NACE Poetry Competition 2016/17 results announced
The NACE Poetry Competition 2016/17 winners and shortlist, announced today (26 April 2017), reflect the impressive diversity of talent, style and vision among the UK’s young poets. Run annually by the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), this year’s contest received more than 1,300 entries on the theme “new beginnings”, with the final selections made by children’s author Liz Kessler.

Video: Jiang May Cowper reads her runner-up poem
Eight-year-old Jiang May Cowper, at Ascot’s The Marist School, has been named a runner-up in the primary category of the NACE Poetry Competition 2016/17.

Titled “A Brand New Home”, Jiang May’s poem was inspired by her experience of moving from China to the UK, to start a new life with a new family. She said writing about the experience made her feel emotional, but she was glad to have an opportunity to tell her story.

Judge Liz Kessler commented: “I loved the simplicity of Jiang's poem, and the way that through the simple experience of a child, some incredibly important and timely observations were made.”

All of the winning and shortlisted entries can be viewed in a free e-book created by education publishers Rising Stars, available here.

Scroll down for a video of Jiang May reading her poem.
March, 2017

Enrichment, guidance & support

Winners of NACE Poetry Competition to be announced 26 April 2017
The winners of the NACE Poetry Competition 2016/17 will be announced on 26 April 2017, alongside the launch of a special edition free e-book celebrating the shortlisted poems.

This year’s competition saw a record-breaking number of entries, with more than 1,300 primary- and secondary-school students submitting poems on the theme “new beginnings”.

Llanfoist Fawr Students show Prince William how to embrace challenge
It’s not every day you get to watch the heir to the throne put up a tent while blindfolded, balance a ball on a piece of string, or build a tower out of marshmallows. But children at Llanfoist Fawr Primary School took all this in their stride, cheering on the Duke of Cambridge as he joined them in a series of team-building activities on St David’s Day.

The school is one of many in Wales working towards the NACE Challenge Award, a nationally and internationally recognised quality mark given to schools that have developed good provision for more able and talented learners, in the context of challenge for all.

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NACE and ERW partner on more able and talented provision
Last week saw the official start to a new partnership between NACE (the National Association for More Able Children in Education) and ERW (Education Through Regional Working).

Bringing together 12 schools from the six Welsh local authorities covered by ERW, the project will focus on improving provision for more able and talented (MAT) students, in the context of “challenge for all” which is central to NACE’s approach.

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Research & reports

Campaign to debunk learning styles neuromyth
What’s your learning style? Visual? Auditory? Kinaesthetic? If you believe it’s important to match teaching materials to individual learning styles, you’re certainly not alone – but a group of neuroscientists are now attempting to debunk this so-called “neuromyth” in UK schools.

October, 2016


NACE are delighted to launch the second NACE essentials guide, if you are a beginning teacher this is the guide for you


More able, gifted and talented Education guide 2 The essential guide for the informed beginning teacher, available exclusively to NACE members. Click here to view guide (you will need your NACE member login).
Want to see the document but are not a NACE member? click here to join NACE


September, 2016


The national curriculum assessments at key stage 2 in England, 2016 (provisional) published September 2016 click here for NACE analysis of achievement at the Higher Standard
Click here for the full report or NACE members, please check the "latest news" page on the NACE members website to see the "summary" of the report prepared by NACE . Click here for NACE member summary
NACE’s response to Theresa May’s ‘Schools that work for everyone’ speech, 9 September 2016.

NACE is currently reviewing the government consultation on this matter, and will issue a response shortly click here for full NACE Statement
June, 2016


In response to the BBC report today NACE is supporting teachers to provide excellent teaching and learning for more able, gifted and talented pupils

“In response to the BBC report today about “Thousands of bright pupils, especially those from poor backgrounds, are still being denied the chance to fulfil their potential” Sue Riley, CEO of NACE advises that as an independent UK education charity, NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) focuses on supporting schools review the scope and quality of what they are doing for their most able pupils in a context of challenge and high standards for all. We welcome the Government’s recent White Paper proposals to investigate, fund and evaluate approaches to help the brightest students fulfil their potential”. For details of NACE membership and how it can support your school click here - full BBC link click here 

Sue Mordecai, NACE Trustee added that "the NACE Challenge Award recognises those schools which provide a good education for all pupils with a particular focus on the more able and we must do more to disseminate this effective practice in our schools"  

'Believing in Better' Sue Mordecai, NACE Trustee, highlights the importance of the recent research report
Sue Mordecai, NACE Trustee, highlights the importance of the recent research report 'Believing in Better'  which deals with students' attitudes to going to university and their belief in their own academic ability. Available to NACE members on the NACE website /published papers.



May, 2016


NACE launches ebook of 2015 poetry winners and shortlisted entries in association with RM Education

You can read all the winning and highly commended entries from this year’s competition here in the specially produced ebook by RM Education. We hope you enjoy the poems as much as we did. Details of the 2016 competition will go live on the NACE website in the autumn. More information click here

April, 2016


My first NACE Cymru conference & I will be back!
Excellent reviews for NACE Cymru Spring Conference - Sue Riley, chief executive of NACE and who was attending the conference for the first time, said she was delighted delegates had gained so much from the day, and noted that NACE Cyrmu would work to develop further networking opportunities for schools in the coming months. Click here for full press release
March, 2016


NACE welcomes the 'Educational Excellence Everywhere' white paper's continued focus on more able pupils.

Sue Riley, NACE Chief Executive, commented that NACE will continue to support teachers to provide excellent teaching and learning for more able pupils and looks forward to seeing this important area of work develop further. Click here for full report


NACE Chairman Steve Clarke is delighted to announce that NACE have appointed a new Chief Executive Sue Riley

Commenting on Sue’s appointment Steve Clarke said “NACE has great opportunities to become even stronger and to have a bigger voice in the education agenda. I believe that Sue has the qualities to take that agenda forward for NACE and am delighted that she has joined us”. Click here for full article