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December, 2018

Research and reports

SAGE Handbook of Gifted and Talented Education published
Published in November this year, the SAGE Handbook of Gifted and Talented Education offers an international overview of current challenges, issues and perspectives on ability and its development, featuring contributions from NACE Education Advisor Hilary Lowe and several NACE patrons.


Press releases

New trustees and NACE associate for Wales
NACE is pleased to announce two new appointments to the board of trustees, along with the creation of a new role, dedicated to supporting schools in Wales. 
The NACE board of trustees is comprised of a wide range of experienced professionals, united by a shared passion for improving provision for more able learners within a context of challenge for all. The board plays an essential role in steering our work as a charity, helping to ensure the support we provide for schools is effective, evidence-based, up-to-date, accountable and sustainable.
In addition, NACE has appointed a NACE Associate for Wales, to support the charity’s ongoing work with schools and partners across the country.

November, 2018

Press releases

NACE Challenge updated to reflect reforms in Wales
The more able and talented (MAT) agenda continues to be a national priority for Wales – highlighted the national mission for education, Estyn’s inspections and recent review, and ongoing reforms. In light of these developments, NACE is launching the updated NACE Challenge Framework to support whole-school review and improvement in provision for MAT learners.

The updated framework reflects education priorities in Wales, embedding the key pedagogical principles and four curriculum purposes, alongside a focus on school self-evaluation.

Read more in English or Welsh.
June, 2018

Press releases

Malta's Chiswick House gains first international Challenge Award
NACE is delighted to announce that Malta’s Chiswick House School has become the first school outside of England and Wales to be accredited with the NACE Challenge Award.

Find out more...


NACE Cymru Conference 2018: presenters and workshop details
The full details for this year's NACE Cymru Conference are now available. Opening with an inspiring keynote from acclaimed author and international expert on teenage brains Nicola Morgan, the conference offers a selection of workshops showcasing the latest policy, research and evidence-based good practice to improve provision for MAT learners.

Read about the presenters and view the session descriptions.

Professional development

Free Challenge clinics for NACE members
NACE is launching a new series of Challenge clinics for schools working with the NACE Challenge Development Programme to improve provision for more able learners.
These clinics allow schools to schedule a free one-to-one consultation with a NACE associate – offering advice on how to gain best results from the Challenge Framework, integrate it with school priorities and improvement planning, overcome any difficulties or challenges, and/or prepare for NACE Challenge Award accreditation.

March, 2018

Communication and partnership

Member opportunity: Cardiff Metropolitan University collaboration
As part of NACE’s focus on “excellence to evidence” this year, we are pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy at Cardiff Metropolitan University, exploring the potential for a school-led project investigating effective approaches to provision for more able learners.

This project has the potential to contribute to the national evidence base for more able provision, and will support schools as they work to develop evidence-informed approaches in this important field.


Professional development

English for the More Able 2018: speakers and workshops
NACE’s English for the More Able conference, in partnership with Rising Stars, is dedicated to sharing evidence-based strategies to challenge and support more able learners in primary English.

Coming to York on 15 March, the event will bring together educators, researchers and advisers from across the country, with keynotes from acclaimed children’s author Anne Fine, Cambridge University’s Dr Neil Mercer, and headteacher Christabel Shepherd.

View the full list of speakers and conference sessions.

Press releases

NACE response to Welsh Government announcement
NACE welcomes the Welsh Government’s announcement last week that it is to invest in additional support for more able learners, acknowledging the importance of more able provision within the equity and excellence agenda and its central role in school improvement.

Read the full response from NACE...