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R.E.A.L. Staff Professional Development Day

The annual R.E.A.L staff professional development day conference took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Nottingham on Monday 6th January.

This event has grown as R.E.A.L. Education has expanded over the years, and now provides training for 230 staff members, with external professionals also helping to build the R.E.A.L. staff continuing professional development (CPD) offer.

Pam Burrows, the People Booster, kicked off the day with an uplifting keynote speech, and colleagues from the Tackling Emerging Threats Team at Nottinghamshire County Council also gave an inspirational and informative presentation.

Staff workshops also took place, and included topics such as; embedding authentic literacy; sex and relationships education and the also the new Ofsted framework.

Dedicated staff service was also recognised on the day, with directors Steve Quinn and Richard Smith awarding long service R.E.A.L. pin badges to staff members to thank them for their skills and loyalty.

Towards the end of the day, young people and their parents shared their personal experiences of working with R.E.A.L. Education. One parent said: “R.E.A.L. has made a long term difference to my son and our whole family.” Another parent added: “He feels like a completely different person in our house. The difference it makes when things are working – I can’t thank the staff at R.E.A.L. enough.”

Overall, the day was a huge success, with some really positive feedback received from attendees. By investing in the CPD of staff, learners across R.E.A.L. will be the ultimate end beneficiaries.

R.E.A.L. Independent School