All Aquinas academies have membership of The National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE). This has enabled teachers to network and collaborate with an international community of schools and to draw on NACE’s 35 years of experience. Through ongoing professional development teachers have become increasingly adept at meeting the needs of more able learners, and providing a challenging and enriching education for all.
Aquinas and NACE share many of the same principles and beliefs. Aquinas academies make use of the membership to draw on the many opportunities and resources to develop staff including: meetups, clinics and webinars; resources; consultancy; and opportunities to join invitation-only events, research initiatives and consultations.
Trust representatives have contributed to research projects and NACE seminars. Academies which are moving from good to outstanding practice make use of the Challenge Development Programme to audit and refine practice. Through the Trust’s More Able Network and core subject networks teachers and leaders are able to refine their practice.
We believe that all children, regardless of background, should have the opportunity to realise their potential. When we address the needs of more able learners we create a curriculum and learning opportunities which allow all children to flourish. We have an ethos of high expectations and aspirations which leads to raised achievement for a much wider group of learners in a school.