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”.
“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"
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
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
NACE very much welcomes the Welsh Government’s Review to identify more able and talented provision across Wales published this week. The report, in a wide ranging review of a sample of schools in all phases of education, highlights the very beneficial work of NACE Cymru, both in the effective support, guidance and professional development it offers for schools and the valuable role the NACE Challenge Award plays in developing schools’ provision and practice. NACE looks forward to having an opportunity to work with the Welsh Government to take forward the recommendations made by the report. Click here for full report