Rethinking Romeo and Juliet: four free resources for GCSE English

Shakespeare’s tragic tale of young love rarely fails to capture the imagination, but how can you help learners approach it with a fresh perspective – interrogating, comparing, contextualising and analysing in depth? Charlotte Bourne, Deputy Head of Learning at Shakespeare’s Globe, shares four free resources to breathe new life into your English literature lessons…

Unlocking the toolbox of character education

NACE member and Challenge Award holder Llanfoist Fawr Primary School has developed a whole-school approach to character education, drawing on its use of the NACE Challenge Framework alongside the SkillForce Prince William Award. Headteacher Jon Murphy explains why the school believes so strongly in character education as a prerequisite for both wellbeing and academic success.

Why focus on character education?

5 ways to help young people develop “science capital”

Do the young people in your school feel confident engaging with scientific concepts, terminology, experiences and thinking? Do they believe science is “for them”? In this blog post, Science Museum Group (SMG) Academy Manager Beth Hawkins shares five ways teachers can help learners develop “science capital” – promoting more positive perceptions of, attitudes towards and aspirations within the sciences.

What makes a challenging GCSE science exam question?

In this excerpt from the NACE Essentials guide “Realising the potential of more able learners in GCSE science”, NACE Associate Ed Walsh explores the components of a challenging GCSE science exam question – and how teachers can best help learners prepare. 

To explore this topic in depth, join one of Ed’s upcoming workshops in Cardiff or London.

Top 10 ways NACE Challenge supports character education

“Character” may be the latest buzzword in education – but it’s long been at the core of the NACE Challenge Framework, as NACE Challenge Award Adviser Elaine Ricks-Neal explains…

Increasingly schools are focusing on the development of “character” and learning dispositions as performance outcomes. Ofsted is also making it clear that it will look more at how well schools are developing resilient, well-rounded, confident young learners who will flourish in society.

6 steps to help more able learners excel in GCSE science

In this excerpt from the NACE Essentials guide “Realising the potential of more able learners in GCSE science”, NACE Associate Ed Walsh outlines six key steps to improve provision and outcomes for those capable of attaining the highest grades in this subject.

To explore this topic in depth, join one of Ed’s upcoming workshops in Cardiff or London.

1. Make effective use of assessment data

Great School Libraries campaign: share your story

NACE is proud to be supporting the Great School Libraries campaign, launched in September 2018 to raise awareness about the importance and impact of great school libraries and librarians for all learners. In this blog post, Alison Tarrant, CEO of the School Library Association (SLA) invites NACE members to join the campaign by sharing inspiring examples from their own schools…


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