10 challenging enrichment activities to engage more able learners

In April 2019, Dubai’s Hartland International School became the third school outside the UK to gain the NACE Challenge Award, in recognition of high-quality whole-school provision for more able learners. Amongst the school’s strengths, the Award report highlighted Hartland’s innovative and wide-reaching enrichment programme. Here, Gifted and Talented Coordinator Helen Green shares 10 challenging enrichment activities to try in your own school…
 

Oxbridge admissions interviews: “4 Cs” for success

What are Oxbridge admissions tutors really trying to assess during the famously gruelling interview process? Dr Matt Williams, Access Fellow at Jesus College Oxford, shares “four Cs” used to gauge candidates’ suitability for a much sought-after place.

Oxbridge interviews have taken on near-mythic status as painful reckonings. The way they are sometimes described, a trial by ordeal sounds more appealing. 

5 key steps in curriculum design

Schools that successfully develop and maintain a broad, challenging and opportunity-rich curricular and extracurricular offer recognise the benefits this brings for all learners – not just those designated “more able”. The examples of such successful schools reflect NACE’s own focus on provision for more able learners as part of a much broader context of challenge for all and whole-school improvement.

5 steps to develop collaborative problem-solving in maths

Ems Lord, Director of the University of Cambridge-based NRICH project, shares five key factors to consider when planning collaborative problem-solving (CPS) sessions using low-threshold, high-ceiling maths resources.
 
Have you ever attempted assembling flat-pack furniture with a friend or family member? How did it go? And are you still talking to one another?
 

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…
 

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