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Monthly Round-up July 2017

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

Gold Quality Assurance Award for R.E.A.L.

Last month, the Nottingham City Secondary Education Partnership (NCSEP) who annually inspect all providers of alternative education provision in Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, visited R.E.A.L. to evaluate our effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and outcomes for students.

We are delighted that R.E.A.L. has been awarded the Gold Quality Assurance standard overall!

The report said: “Leaders can evidence interventions and the impact that these have on all aspects of the business. Teaching and learning is the key focus. Teaching is good with students making strong progress in lessons. There is an excellent careers programme and a strong emphasis on health and welfare for students.”

Kay Carter, R.E.A.L. Education Operations Manager and Andy Richmond, Alternative Provision Manager (Groups provisions) at R.E.A.L. Education would like to say a particular thank you to Nikki Purcell, Stacey Edwards, James Milnes and Paul Allen for all their support. Well done all!

Courtnie Watts Earns Diana Award

R.E.A.L.’s Student Ambassador, Courtnie Watts has been announced as one of 750 outstanding young people, from across the UK and the world, who have been awarded a Diana Award.

The Diana Award was set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Young role models from around the world are honoured with this award for selflessly transforming the lives of others by going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change.

Courtnie earned the Diana Award for acting as a mentor to her peers – sharing her own story of how she lacked trust in others and herself and lost learning time fighting the system. By being able to showcase to other new learners that they ‘can’ achieve and do well, she motivates them to believe in themselves.

The fact that Courtnie’s motivational talks also remind staff of the great work they do – ultimately turning around the lives of young people at R.E.A.L. – also contributed to her place on the international Diana Award Roll of Honour.

Nichola Goddard, Learning Manager for Courtnie said: “I have worked alongside Courtnie for almost 4 years and watched her grow, not only as a learner, but also as a valued human being. She has learnt to recognise, not only her own barriers which she continues to learn to overcome, but those of others around her.

“Courtnie is a credit to herself, R.E.A.L. and her family. She will leave R.E.A.L. this year with her head held high and a forever friend to R.E.A.L. Education.”

R.E.A.L. Recognition from Ofsted

Ofsted recently visited The Beech Academy in Mansfield. The inspection team carried out a case study on a student who attends R.E.A.L. Education (alternative provision), and as part of this study asked to visit the student whilst he was attending the Land Based Study provision at R.E.A.L.

We were delighted to be mentioned in an extremely positive light in their ‘Good’ Ofsted report.  Please see below for some of the brilliant comments:

“Inspectors visited pupils in the alternative provision. The standards of personal development and welfare evident in the school are replicated off site. Inspectors found the alternative provision sampled to be exceptionally safe and secure for pupils.”

“Rigorous checking systems are in place to ensure that pupils’ safety and well-being are high on the agenda.”

“The organisation of the specialist and alternative provision secures good progress for pupils over time. These aspects of the wider provision successfully address the specific personal needs of pupils.

Beyond academic outcomes, pupils are supported to gain essential life skills and become active members of society. Overall, pupils are well prepared for their next stage of education, training or employment.”

Alison Stothard-Brown, Provision Lead at Land Based Studies, said: “It’s great to know that the work that we are putting in is being recognised, not only by the progress the learners are showing, but also by fantastic feedback received from Ofsted.”

Adrian O’Malley, Headteacher at The Beech Academy said: “The Ofsted inspector was impressed with the relationship we have with R.E.A.L.  They could see that communication between school and the Learning Manager, Lorraine Elliott was clear and thorough as they looked at a detailed case study.  

“During the visit where the inspector insisted on visiting the student, all R.E.A.L. staff were really helpful and the inspector left feeling satisfied that the young person was receiving a good experience from R.E.A.L.”

CPR Workshop

Woodhouse Road learners took part in a potentially life-saving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) workshop in May as part of an ongoing national British Heart Foundation campaign.

The campaign aims to tackle an increasing obesity problem within society (and the subsequent health consequences), by helping to train as many individuals as possible in being able to provide potentially life saving first aid.

R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision School (RAPS) chose National Doughnut Week (6th-13th May) to undertake the workshop. It was very well received by all that took part and brilliantly, there is now a significant percentage of learners and tutors at Woodhouse Road that possess another vital skill.

All participants will be awarded a certificate, and RAPS will be be rolling out more events across R.E.A.L. to help as many people as possible receive the training.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

Exciting news! From September, Year 11 and post-16 learners will have the opportunity to work towards the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award.

If you are interested in being involved, there will be a meeting at Woodhouse Road on Tuesday 12th September at 3.30pm. Hope to see you there!

Getting Interactive!

Our new Prowise Interactive Board is now being fully utilised at Concorde House!

This is a fabulous learning tool that our learners are really engaging with.

The image shows a Year 11 science group having fun whilst taking part in a quiz about alloys.

The interactive board is certainly a hit with our learners, with one even saying that “the quizzes and interactive games are epic!”

R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust Golf Day

The 2nd Annual R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust Golf Day took place on Friday 7th July 2017 at Rufford Golf and Country Club.

The sold out day was a brilliant success with both the weather and golfing talent on top form!

This winners were “The Health Insurance Group,” narrowly beating “Cullen Wealth” into second place.

Most importantly, on the day we managed to raise almost £4,000 with donations still being received for the R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust.

Our next fundraising event is a day at Southwell Racecourse on 26th October 2017. To find out more about the events and The R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust, please visit

Football Focus

Well done to the Year 10/11 R.E.A.L. football team who played their first match against Sutton Centre’s 1st team on Sutton Lawn on Wednesday 17th May.

We lost 5-1, but it was a competitive match and certainly something to build on!
Thanks to all the tutors and learners involved, and special thanks to the staff and students at Sutton for hosting us.

Goodbye and Good Luck!

Farewell to all our leavers moving on from R.E.A.L.
It has been a pleasure to know you all and we wish you all the best for the future!

Have a Lovely Summer!

Have a brilliant summer break and we look forward to seeing you again in September.

Please click here to find out term dates for the 2017/18 academic year.

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