Charity The Brilliant Club aims to widen access to highly selective universities for learners from underrepresented groups. Its Scholars Programme places doctoral and postdoctoral researches in schools to deliver university-style tutorials to small groups of learners, from Years 5 to 12. NACE members had the opportunity to find out more this year when The Brilliant Club led a workshop at the NACE Cymru Conference 2018.
NACE is a member of the Canons Park Teaching School Alliance (TSA) strategic hub. This TSA has been constructed to focus on the research and development dimension of teaching school provision. Along with other strategic partners, such as SSAT and the Teacher Development Trust, NACE is committed to considering opportunities for mutual benefit and collaboration within the hub.
As part of NACE’s current focus on “excellence to evidence”, we are pleased to launch a new collaboration with the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy at Cardiff Metropolitan University, facilitating a school-led project investigating effective approaches to provision for more able and talented (MAT) learners. This project will commence in October 2018, giving NACE members the opportunity to join a new Wales MAT Research Group based at the university.
International charity the English-Speaking Union (ESU) is dedicated to helping young people develop the skills to articulate and express their ideas out loud. As well as running a range of oracy initiatives, cultural exchange programmes and competitions, the ESU also offers free online resources for schools. In 2018, members had the opportunity to find out more first-hand by visiting the ESU’s London headquarters, where our spring term member meetup took place.
Based at the University of Winchester’s Centre for Real-World Learning, the Expansive Education Network (eedNET) brings together educational organisations and individuals to expand thinking about education, learning, intelligence and the role of the teacher. This year, NACE is collaborating with eedNET to offer training and support for NACE members to develop action research projects exploring an aspect of curriculum, teaching and support for more able learners.
NACE is proud to be part of the Fair Education Alliance (FEA), a coalition of organisations committed to tackling educational inequality, aiming to significantly narrow the achievement gap by 2022.The FEA’s latest report card outlines five key impact goals:
- Narrow the gap in literacy and numeracy at primary school;
- Narrow the gap in GCSE attainment at secondary school;
- Ensure young people develop key strengths, including character, wellbeing and mental health, to support high aspirations;
- Narrow the gap in the proportion of young people taking part in further education or employment-based training after finishing their GCSEs;
- Narrow the gap in university graduation, including from the 25% most selective universities.
Globe EducationGlobe Education offers resources and services to support teaching and learning with Shakespeare for all ages – including creative, challenging and collaborative approaches to storytelling and transition. In 2017-18 NACE members had the opportunity to experience interactive Globe Education workshops at our English for the More Able conference, and to visit the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, which hosted our summer term meetup.
Based at the University of Cambridge, NRICH provides free resources for teachers and learners, aiming to enrich mathematics teaching and learning through challenging, engaging and meaningful maths activities. In 2018, we’re pleased to offer NACE members the opportunity to train as NRICH ambassadors, developing and sharing approaches to support learners in becoming confident and competent maths problem solvers.
NACE has a longstanding partnership with education publisher Rising Stars, which publishes high-quality resources for primary schools. In 2018, NACE members had the opportunity to trial free Rising Stars resources, and to collaborate on a project exploring effective approaches to maths mastery for the more able. Rising Stars also offers a discount for all NACE members on resources for more able learners, including English for the More Able and Maths for the More Able.