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Rob Lightfoot

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Institution National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE)

Taking on the role of NACE CEO from October 2021, Rob Lightfoot has nearly 30 years’ experience of working in educational settings, drawing on his experiences from a wide range of senior management roles. Rob led the work on Haybridge High School and Sixth Form being one of the first secondary schools in the country to attain the NACE Challenge Award on three occasions. Rob also has several years’ experience working as a primary school governor. 

Rob has delivered training to hundreds of teachers and leaders. He has worked extensively as a NACE Associate leading a NACE Research and Development Hub and delivering courses on curriculum design, mathematics and how to lead on more able provision within an educational setting. Rob has also worked previously as a Lead Practitioner on Curriculum Design for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. 

More recently, Rob has been involved with various research initiatives. He has studied both the resilience of students in mathematics and the increase of perfectionist characteristics in young adolescents. Rob is committed to the learning of more able students and has seen first-hand the impact that effective provision for the more able has on achievement for all learners.