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Monthly Round-up June 2017

Please see below for a round-up of all stories from across R.E.A.L. Education for June 2017

Richard Branson gets R.E.A.L. with Ryan!

One of our learners, Ryan, has been looking into the world of business and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Part of his project involved interviewing and connecting with business people, and Ryan wrote to Richard Branson to tap into his vast business knowledge.

Ryan told Richard about his own background and time at R.E.A.L. He also also asked some very sensible questions and asked for some advice.
Following on from his letter, Ryan received a signed copy of Richard Branson’s autobiography, that was also accompanied by a note from his assistant, thanking Ryan for his letter and also stating that she hopes the book answers all of his questions!

Fay Hunter, Ryan’s Well-being and Transition tutor said, “Ryan was over the moon and I am so proud of him – the response was fantastic!”
Well done Ryan!

Cycling for Dawson

At the end of the Summer half term all three arms of R.E.A.L Education came together to raise money for a little boy called Dawson.

Dawson has a rare 0.9 in one million cancer, Hepatoblastoma and has trialled all possible treatments available in the UK with no success. R.E.A.L. decided to organise a sponsored biking event to help raise money for him to travel to America and access specialist treatment

The event took place on 26th May, the hottest day of the year! Learners and teachers from Blidworth, Concorde and Woodhouse Road sites all took a turn to ensure that two exercise bikes continued ‘travelling’ for 6 hours, in a relay type activity. Some learners and staff did several sessions on the bikes, whist others fetched drinks and provided the motivation to carry on, despite the red hot weather.

£330 has been raised so far, with more sponsorship money still to come in.

Nicky Purcell, Head Teacher, R.E.A.L. Independent School said: “What a fantastic fundraising event and show of community spirit. Learners working together, supporting each other and learning new skills. Just what R.E.A.L. is about. Thank you all!”

What We Like About R.E.A.L….

Our first ‘Learner Voice’ meeting took place last month at Woodhouse Road. We tasked our learners with telling us what they really think of R.E.A.L…. the results were amazing, affirming and ultimately reassuring.

Comments ranged from “Staff respect and support at R.E.A.L.” to I’m “not forced to do work, but required to get it done.”

We are so proud of all our learners and are over the moon that they recognise and engage with our philosophy of learning.

We plan to replicate this ‘Learner Voice’ meeting in all of our hubs. They really will be a forum for our learners to discuss ideas on shaping the future of R.E.A.L. Education.

Here’s the brilliant brainstorm image Louise Duckmanton, Learning Manager and Learner Voice Lead, coordinated with learners to create.

Functional Snooker Fun

King Edward Primary School, Mansfield have recently begun six weeks of free Functional Snooker taster sessions at Kings Mill Way.

The students really enjoyed their first session as they were introduced to the basic techniques of snooker, and the pioneering Functional Snooker format which uses the sport to develop science, maths and English skills – all in a relaxed, fun and engaging environment.

A number of primary and secondary schools have signed up for the free pilot sessions but there are still limited places available. Please email for more information.

Lights, Camera, Action!

The R.E.A.L. Digital Arts Student Enterprise recently welcomed Dalmatian systems to the studio to start the official recording of their promo video. In an exciting newly formed partnership with the recruitment company, R.E.A.L. have been commissioned to produce the promotional material for their “Be Spotted” campaign, due to be showcased nationwide in this month.

Our innovative course aimed at students aged 14-19 gives students hands on commercial experience in a broad range of industry relevant technical skills including 3D graphic modelling for game, television and the film industry. Our level 4 students on this project have not only designed the concept for the promo, but also created a spinning platform that actress Ali spent most of the morning stood on being spun around!

Katie Trinder, Marketing Director at Dalmation praised the Digital Arts Team for their efforts, “A massive thank you to the award winning Digital Arts department at R.E.A.L. Education who made our experience really enjoyable and easy! We can’t wait for you to see the finished result!”

If you’ve been inspired to find out more about R.E.A.L. Education, take a look around our websites to get a better understanding of the impact we make on the lives of the amazing young people we work with.

R.E.A.L. Education – Tailored individualised one to one programmes and vocational group placements across the East Midlands.

R.E.A.L. Independent school – Full time school provision for young people in the East Midlands.

R.E.A.L. 14-19 Alternative Provision School – Exciting vocational courses delivered by industry expert teachers. Supporting skills for life and work.

R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust – A charitable foundation to support and enable young people to reach their potential.

R.E.A.L. Independent School