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In 2004, two educational psychologists created Real Training to make a real difference to education including young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Today, their group of companies share one mission: to improve education to transform lives.

They work closely with schools and teachers to design their courses, the majority of which are delivered at postgraduate level over weeks and months not days. They use evidence, psychology and technology to deliver high quality continuing professional development for teachers through a combination of online and blended delivery.

They specialise in delivering National Professional Qualifications in leadership, the National Professional Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO), Master of Education (Med) and SEND Programme, and a Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment, and Access Arrangements (CPT3A).

Examples of Programmes Offered

  • National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)
  • Who’s it for?
    Those who are currently or aspiring to be middle leaders with responsibility for a team. For example:
    • Key stage leaders
    • Curriculum leaders
    • Subject leaders
    • Head of departments
    • Pastoral services leaders

    Course overview
    The online NPQML ‘Leading a team’ is a new course for current or aspiring middle leaders in education settings who want to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in leading teams.

    All successful NPQML graduates will:
    – Build effective teams, using evidence-informed approaches
    – Lead and evaluate an intervention in their setting to improve outcomes for children or young people
    – Develop their leadership and management skills, and their ability to work in partnership with colleagues, professionals from outside the setting, and parents and carers
    – Enhance their own and others’ personal and professional development, and
    – Gain a professional network of colleagues beyond their own setting.

    Course content covers six key areas:
    – Leading with impact
    – Strategy and improvement
    – Teaching and curriculum excellence
    – Working in partnership
    – Managing resources and risks, and
    – Increasing capability.

    In addition, the course will help you to develop the range of leadership behaviours, identified by DfE: commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity, and respect.

    Programme duration
    You will need to be in a position to lead a team to design, deliver and evaluate a project, lasting at least two terms, aimed at improving outcomes for children or young people in your setting.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of teachers from each school but spaces on the intensive and blended course are limited and very popular.

    Estimated cost
    £995 plus VAT per person

    Where and how is this delivered?
    – The module is delivered online through our interactive learning platform, Campus Online.
    – During the course you will lead your team to design, implement and evaluate an improvement project in your setting, lasting at least two terms.
    – You will submit a 4,500 word written account for assessment, covering the initiation, implementation and evaluation of the project.

    Dates
    Cohorts begin in January, May and September.
    Book and enrol at least 3 months before the next cohort.

    Possible Promotions
    DfE have paused funding places for Opportunity and Category 5 & 6 areas for the moment. They are anticipating this funding will be re-opened once the current intake has been reviewed. If you are in one of these areas and want to reserve a place for our January cohort on this basis, you can. If the funding is then not available, Real Training can discuss your options whether to continue on a paid basis or cancel your booking without incurring any costs.

  • National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
  • Who’s it for?
    Those who are currently are aspiring to be senior leaders with responsibilities across an education setting.
    For example:
    • Experienced middle leaders
    • Deputy or assistant heads
    • SENCOs
    • Advanced skills teachers

    Course overview

    All successful NPQSL graduates will:
    – Be awarded 60 M-level credits from Middlesex University
    – Lead effectively across their setting, using evidence-informed approaches
    – Lead and evaluate an intervention across their setting to improve outcomes for children or young people and staff
    – Develop their leadership and management skills, and their ability to work in partnership with colleagues, professionals from outside the setting, and parents and carers
    – Enhance their own and others’ personal and professional development, and
    – Gain a professional network of colleagues beyond their own setting.

    Course content covers six key areas:
    – Leading with impact
    – Strategy and improvement
    – Teaching and curriculum excellence
    – Working in partnership
    – Managing resources and risks, and
    – Increasing capability.

    In addition, the course will help you to develop the range of leadership behaviours, identified by DfE: commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect.

    Programme duration
    You will need to be in a position to lead a change project in your own setting, lasting at least two terms, aimed at improving outcomes for children or young people.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of teachers from each school but spaces on the intensive and blended course are limited and very popular

    Estimated cost
    – A one-off payment of £1,750 + VAT
    – Three instalments of £609 + VAT
    – Ten instalments of £187 + VAT

    Where and how is this delivered?
    – The module is delivered online through our interactive learning platform, Campus Online.
    – During the course you will lead an improvement project across your setting, lasting at least two term.
    – You will submit a 5,000 word written account for assessment, covering the initiation, implementation and evaluation of the project.

    Dates
    Cohorts begin in January, May and September
    Book and enrol at least 3 months before the next cohort.

    Possible Promotions
    DfE have paused funding places for Opportunity and Category 5 & 6 areas for the moment. They are anticipating this funding will be re-opened once the current intake has been reviewed. If you are in one of these areas and want to reserve a place for our January cohort on this basis, you can. If the funding is then not available, Real Training can discuss your options whether to continue on a paid basis or cancel your booking without incurring any costs.

  • National Professional Qualifications for Headship (NPQH)
  • Who’s it for?
    Those who are highly motivated to become headteachers. They should, normally, be no more than 12 to 18 months from applying for headship posts and ready to take up a headship as soon as you complete the course. They will need to have the full support and endorsement of a sponsor. Usually, this will be a headteacher or line manager.

    Course overview
    All successful NPQH graduates will:
    – Be awarded 60 M-level credits from Middlesex University
    – Know how to lead an education setting successfully, using evidence-informed approaches
    – Lead and evaluate an intervention across their own and another setting to improve outcomes for children or young people and staff
    – Develop their leadership and management skills, and their ability to work in partnership with colleagues, professionals from outside the setting, and parents and carers
    – Enhance their own and others’ personal and professional development, and
    – Gain a professional network of colleagues beyond their own setting.

    Course content covers six key areas:
    – Leading with impact
    – Strategy and improvement
    – Teaching and curriculum excellence
    – Working in partnership
    – Managing resources and risks, and
    – Increasing capability.

    In addition, the course will help you to develop the range of leadership behaviours, identified by DfE: commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity, and respect.

    Programme duration
    You will need to be in a position to:
    – Lead a whole school change project in your own setting, aimed at improving outcomes for children or young people in the setting, and
    – Undertake a placement of at least nine days in a second school in which you will identify the placement school‘s current or projected resource and capability challenges and design an action plan to address these.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of teachers from each school but spaces on the intensive and blended course are limited and very popular.

    Estimated cost
    – A one-off payment of £2,750 + VAT
    – Three instalments of £942 + VAT
    – Ten instalments of £287 + VAT

    Where and how is this delivered?
    – The course is delivered online through Real Training’s interactive learning platform, Campus Online.
    – During the course, you will lead a setting-wide change programme designed to improve pupils’ progress and attainment. You will present your plan to your governing body prior to implementation, and submit a 4,500 word written account covering the initiation, implementation and evaluation of the project.
    – You will also undertake a placement in another school, lasting at least nine days. Real Training will work with you to arrange this placement. You will identify the placement school’s current or projected resource and capability challenges and design an action plan to address these. You will present your plan to the placement school’s governing body for feedback, and submit a 2,500 word written account of the project.

    Dates
    Cohorts begin in January, May and September.
    Book and enrol at least 3 months before the next cohort.

    Possible Promotions
    DfE have paused funding places for Opportunity and Category 5 & 6 areas for the moment. They are anticipating this funding will be re-opened once the current intake has been reviewed. If you are in one of these areas and want to reserve a place for our January cohort on this basis, you can. If the funding is then not available, Real Training can discuss your options whether to continue on a paid basis or cancel your booking without incurring any costs.

  • National Professional Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO)
  • Who’s it for?
    All SENCOs appointed new to role from September 2008.
    You will need to have completed an undergraduate degree and have either Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.
    If you hold QTS, then you will need to be employed for the duration of the course, either as the SENCO in your setting, or in another position within the setting, with the full support of your current SENCO/headteacher. This will enable you to undertake the wide range of tasks and responsibilities of the SENCO role, in addition to your current duties.
    If you do not hold an undergraduate degree, you will also need to demonstrate your ability to work at level 7 (Masters-level).

    Course overview
    The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) is a statutory requirement for all SENCOs appointed new to role from September 2008.

    This practice-led module is designed to give you an understanding of the skills that can be used to make a positive difference for learners with SEND, and the opportunity to practise those skills in your workplace. You will gain knowledge of relevant theory, research and policy and the ability to critique knowledge and existing practice.

    Modules cover 4 strands:
    – The context for inclusive education
    – Developing strategy and policies for inclusive education
    – The development, planning and application of inclusive practice
    – Working with others.

    These strands can be taken in an order that suits you. The flexible structure allows you to slot the tasks and activities seamlessly into your working life.

    As a participant you will be able to:
    – Add real value to your school
    – Gain an internationally respected, highly valued qualification.
    – Develop a comprehensive understanding of the background legislation, policies and evidence that are key to inclusion and SEN provision.
    – Secure your knowledge of high-incidence disabilities and their effect on each pupil’s learning and development.
    – Draw on a broad range of evidence, policy and resources and work with others to influence the delivery of inclusive education.
    – Design, implement and evaluate an intervention in your setting to improve the outcomes of one or more SEN pupils.
    – Cultivate your collaborative, leadership and staff management skills with multiple stakeholders.
    – Explore the importance of interpersonal relationships to achieve robust planning and intervention delivery.
    – Enhance your own and others’ personal and professional development.

    Programme duration
    This online learning programme fits in with your school, your setting, your children, your family, and you and can be taken at your own pace.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of teachers from each organisation.

    Estimated cost
    Real Training offer a flexible range of fees to suit your finances:
    – Single payment of £1,950 + VAT.
    – Three monthly instalments of £675 + VAT.
    – Ten monthly instalments of £207 + VAT.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Modules are delivered through Real Training’s online virtual campus.

    Dates
    Cohorts begin in January, May and September.
    Book and enrol by 15 January to join our next cohort.
    Please note: as it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend to register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

  • Master of Education (MEd) and the SEND Programme
  • Who’s it for?
    Education professionals including teachers, SENCOs and specialist teachers and assessors who want to expand their understanding of SEND and expertise in supporting, teaching and assessing students with SEND
    Participants must hold an undergraduate degree and be working in an education setting.

    Course overview
    The Masters-level, practice-led learning modules in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are designed to expand understanding, expertise and specialist skills in supporting, teaching and assessing students with SEND.

    The Master of Education (MEd) and the SEND Programme can lead to either a Post Graduate Certificate (PGCert), a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) or Masters of Education (MEd) in SEND.

    The following qualifications can be awarded by taking a combination of modules to suit your needs:

    60-credit Postgraduate Certificates (PGCert)

    To gain a PGCert, combine one of the 8 Skills and Knowledge (S&K) modules (below) with the NEW Evidence and Pedagogy (see brochure for more information) for Inclusion (EPI) module to gain one of the following PGCerts:
    – PGCert in Cognition and Learning NEW
    – PGCert in Autism Spectrum Conditions
    – PGCert in Dyslexia: Leadership and Intervention
    – PGCert in Social, Emotional and Mental Health
    – PGCert in Speech, Language and Communication Needs
    – PGCert in Severe, Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties
    – PGCert in Psychology for Education NEW
    – PGCert in Educational Testing

    OR

    Combine two of the 8 S&K modules (above) to gain the following PGCert:
    – PGCert in SEND

    OR

    Take one of their 60-credit modules:
    – PGCert National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO)
    – PGCert International Award for SEN Coordination (iSENCO)

    120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

    To gain a PGDip in SEND, you will need to complete one of the following study routes:
    – Three 30-credit Skills and Knowledge modules + the EPI module
    – NASENCO + two 30-credit modules
    – iSENCO + two 30-credit modules
    Please note that it is not necessary to complete the EPI module for the last 2 routes, but this is possible if desired.

    180-credit Master of Education (MEd) in SEND

    To gain a MEd in SEND, you must follow one of the routes as described above for PGDip and then complete the 60-credit Enquiry module.

    You can download a brochure below or contact Real Training for more information.

    Programme duration
    Programme duration will depend upon the route you take.
    The 180 Credit MEd is typically taken over the course of two years.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of teachers from each organisation

    Estimated cost
    Real Training offers a flexible range of fees to suit your finances.
    – The cost of an MEd with Real Training (made up of 180 credits) varies.
    – Typically, four modules (of 30 credits each) and the obligatory Enquiry-based SEND Practice module will cost £6,600 + VAT (when taken over two years).
    Contact Real Training for more information.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    This course is delivered online and can be completed anywhere in the world.
    Your knowledge and understanding will be developed by practice back in your school or setting.

    Dates
    Cohorts begin in January, May and September.
    Book and enrol before 15 January to join our next cohort.
    Please note: as it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend to register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

    Possible Promotions
    Discounts are available on bespoke courses.
    Contact Real train for more information.

  • Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment, and Access Arrangements (CPT3A)
  • Who’s it for?
    SENCOs, inclusion leaders, exams officers or specialist teachers and assessors.
    Participants will need to have completed an undergraduate degree and hold a qualification to teach. Please contact Real Training for the full eligibility criteria. You will also need to have access to psychometric tests and suitable students to complete the assignments.

    Course overview
    This level 7 course is made up of two of Real Training’s most popular modules:

    1. The Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) module will teach you how to use psychometric testing instruments effectively and
    2. The Access Arrangements Course (AAC) will show you how to apply them in exam access arrangements. If you already have CCET, you can take the AAC course on its own. Simply read about the AAC course section below to find out more.

    Combine CCET with the AAC to also understand how to write access arrangements for public examinations. Successful completion of CCET and AAC will not only give you CPT3A (Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment, and Access Arrangements) but will also ensure that you meet the access arrangements assessor criteria published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

    CPT3A will allow you to:
    – Write reports on access arrangements.
    – Meet the latest access arrangements assessor JCQ regulations for exams.
    – Lead on the exam access arrangements process and ensure that your access arrangements assessor holds an appropriate qualification.
    – Apply to be entered on to the publicly searchable BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use – an established route to a PGCert, PGDip or MEd.
    – Gain 30 transferable academic credits from Middlesex University that you can use against subsequent applicable postgraduate courses with Real Training, Middlesex University and other institutions.

    You can download a brochure below or contact Real Training for more information.

    Programme duration
    – ONLINE – take both CCET and AAC modules online and work flexibly at your own pace.
    – INTENSIVE – fast-track your learning with face-to-face events – 3 days for CCET followed by a 1-day event for AAC (ideally with a four-six week gap between events to allow you to complete the CCET assignments before starting AAC).
    – BLENDED – attend the 3-day CCET events and then complete the AAC module online – the ‘classic’ approach.
    – BESPOKE – Real Training can come to you to deliver the course, even if you are based in a distant national/international location.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of teachers from each school but spaces on the intensive and blended courses are limited and very popular.

    Estimated cost
    Route one: Classic (CCET intensive and AAC online)
    – Non-residential – £2,400 + VAT.
    – Residential outside of London – £2,650 + VAT.
    – Residential London – £2,750 + VAT.

    Route two: Online (CCET and AAC online)
    – Online – £1,950 + VAT.
    – Online in three instalments – 3 x £675 + VAT = £2,025 + VAT.
    – Online in ten instalments – 10 x £207 + VAT = £2,070 + VAT.

    Route three: Intensive (CCET + AAC intensive)
    – Non-residential – £2,500 + VAT.
    – Residential outside of London – £2,750 + VAT.
    – Residential London – £2,850 + VAT.
    – You will need to pay a deposit to reserve your place on one of our popular intensive courses (currently £500 plus VAT).

    Where and how is this delivered?
    This course can be taken online, face to face at various locations across the country, through a blend of both or at your school

    Dates

    CCET intensive course dates
    31st October – 2nd November 2018 (Novotel City, London)
    28th –30th November 2018 (Aztec Hotel and Spa, Bristol)

    AAC Intensive course dates
    28th September 2018 (Marriott Hotel, Kensington, London)
    23rd November 2018 (Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa, Leeds)
    11th January 2019, London – venue TBC
    18th January 2019, Bristol (Aztec Hotel and Spa, Bristol)
    8th February 2019, Manchester (Cottons Hotel, Manchester)

    Spaces are limited. Contact Real Training for availability.

  • Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET)
  • Who’s it for?
    Education professionals who work in the education sector and administer tests. You will need access to educational tests (or the willingness to acquire them) and will also need to be able to use tests in an educational setting.

    Participants are likely to include teachers, tutors and teaching assistants working in mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools, FE and HE institutions, independent and international schools and colleges.

    Course overview
    All educationalists use tests to assess their students’ progress. The Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) will help you to understand how assessments using psychometric tests are developed, how to use them effectively, and how to interpret the results.

    This programme will show you how to test appropriately, the available alternatives, and the best ways in which to use them.

    The Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing will enable you to apply for the BPS Test User Educational qualification and to join the BPS’s Register of Qualifications in Test Use – a publicly searchable database of competence that will bolster your professional reputation.

    The course content reflects the core competencies determined by the British Psychological Society:
    – Educational test administration
    – The statistical principles of psychometrics
    – Using attainment and ability tests
    – Assessment, interpretation and giving feedback

    You can download a brochure below or contact Real Training for more information.

    Programme duration
    ONLINE – take both CCET and AAC modules online and work flexibly at your own pace.
    INTENSIVE – fast-track your learning with our face-to-face events – three days for CCET.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of teachers from each school but spaces on the intensive and blended courses are limited and very popular

    Estimated cost
    Real Training offers a flexible range of fees to suit your finances:

    – Online – £1,425 + VAT.
    – Online by instalments – 3 x £500 + VAT = 1,500 + VAT.
    – Online by instalments (Direct Debit, UK clients only) – 10 x £155 + VAT = £1,550 + VAT.
    – Intensive non-residential – £1,850 + VAT.
    – Intensive residential outside of London – £2,150 + VAT.
    – Intensive residential London – £2,250 + VAT.
    – You will need to pay a deposit to reserve your place on one of our popular intensive courses (currently £500 plus VAT).

    Where and how is this delivered?
    You can either take this module online, or you can attend one of their bespoke intensive courses. Whichever route you take, you will be required to take the same assessments and produce a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates your competence.

    Dates

    CCET intensive course dates
    31st October – 2nd November 2018 (Novotel City, London)
    28th –30th November 2018 (Aztec Hotel and Spa, Bristol)

    Spaces are limited. Contact Real Training for availability.

  • Access Arrangements Course (AAC)
  • Who’s it for?
    Education professionals who are looking to administer educational tests and exam access arrangements. If you plan to take the Access Arrangements Course on its own, then you must first hold CCET or the postgraduate Professional Certificate in Assessment or the Professional Diploma in SpLD awarded by Dyslexia Action. Most applicants start from scratch: they take CCET first, followed by the Access Arrangements Course, and successfully gain CPT3A, but if you already hold CCET or a PGCert/Dip as above you can enrol directly on the AAC.

    Course overview
    Complete this course (in combination with the CCET module that you must first pass before you take this course) and you will also receive the Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A).

    Access Arrangements Course will enable you to:
    – Understand and apply the principles of access arrangements.
    – Get to grips with the essence and implications of the relevant legislation.
    – Write suitable and appropriate assessment reports for submission to examination boards where they are required.

    CPT3A will allow you to:
    – Write access arrangement reports yourself.
    – Meet the access arrangements assessor criteria published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

    The course content:
    – Cover the essential principles of access and equality legislation.
    – Get to grips with the key principles and legislation that underpin examination access arrangements.
    – Gain access to some of the most useful international and domestic information sources.
    – Compare the key principles, legislation and practices in a variety of contexts.
    – Assess a client in your setting for access arrangements.
    – Grasp and be able to summarise the key assessment principles.
    – Engage with a broad range of illustrative case studies.
    – Be able to write reports that are fit for purpose.

    Programme duration
    – ONLINE – take both CCET and AAC modules online and work flexibly at your own pace.
    – INTENSIVE – fast-track your learning with face-to-face events – a one-day event for AAC (ideally with a four-six week after completing the three-day CCET course to allow you to complete the CCET assignments before starting AAC).

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of teachers from each school but spaces on the intensive and blended courses are limited and very popular.

    Estimated cost
    Online – £700 + VAT per person
    Intensive – £800 + VAT per person

    Where and how is this delivered?
    This course can be taken either online or intensively.
    Contact Real Training for more information.

    Dates

    AAC Intensive course dates:
    28th September 2018 (Marriott Hotel, Kensington, London)
    23rd November 2018 (Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa, Leeds)

    11th January 2019, London – venue TBC
    18th January 2019, Bristol (Aztec Hotel and Spa, Bristol)
    8th February 2019, Manchester (Cottons Hotel, Manchester)

    Spaces are limited. Contact Real Training for availability.

  • Bespoke Training to Suit Your Setting
  • Who’s it for?
    Schools, alliances, federations or trusts looking to improve standards of inclusive education and support of students with SEND

    Course overview
    Real Training can design a programme to meet your needs in any of their areas of expertise: Leadership, Listening to children, Research and enquiry, Assessment and standards Speech, language and communication, Learning difficulties, Special education needs coordination, Social, mental and emotional health, Autism Courses, Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

    Programme duration
    Arranged to meet schools’ needs.

    How many people is this for?
    Arranged to meet schools’ needs.

    Estimated cost
    – Prices will vary according to the location, duration and size of your school or organisation.
    – Contact Real Training for more information

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At your school or a venue of your choice anywhere around the world.
    Contact Real Training for more information.

    Dates
    Contact Real Training for availability.

Delivery location

Real Training delivers programmes globally.

Impact

Impact to date

Each year, Real Group offer over 20 programmes. Their SEND programmes and educational and psychometric testing courses reach in excess of 2000 education professionals from across the globe. Their National Professional Qualifications engage more than 150 school leaders each year.

Self-report data collected over 10 years by Real Group shows that their professional development consistently meets participant needs and professional priorities and enables them to develop their roles. This is backed up by feedback from Real Group’s participants’ employers who say that a positive impact is being made on professional practice, pupil provision and strategic provision because of the programmes.

Feedback from senior leaders, collected by CPDBee, says that Real’s programmes improve understanding of SEND and the benefits can be seen in participants’ practice.

Impact measurements used

Real Training monitor the impact of their programmes at three levels.

Firstly, many of their programmes are accredited and lead to a qualification, so they involve assignments which require Real’s assessment and feedback.

Secondly, they use post programme evaluations to monitor how much impact their programmes have had on participants’ development needs and strategic roles within their settings. These also capture specific examples of when programmes have had an impact in these areas.

Thirdly, they survey participants’ employers (e.g. head teachers) to capture their impact on professional practice, pupil provision and whole school practice.

External assessment of impact

Real Training has not yet had an independent, external evaluation of their impact.

Expertise

Programme design philosophy

Real Group design their courses mindful of the DfE Standards for teachers’ professional development. They always aim for their design to be informed by good adult learning models and evidence of work works. They have developed a course design method they call the Practice-Led Learning Cycle. The Real Training courses are made up of strands which are made up of Learning Experiences. Each Learning Experience includes carefully chosen activities that the delegate must undertake in the educational setting. The Learning Experience also includes theory and case studies to inform their practice and a reflection task (Kolb’s Learning cycle). A tutor is available to support. The write-up and reflections build into the portfolio of assessed work.

Many of the activities require the delegate to collaborate with colleagues and we aim for delegates to build local communities of practice in their setting as well as to network online with others. All this is delivered through an innovative combination of online and face to face to sessions.

The majority of their existing programmes are accredited, approved or validated by the British Psychological Society, SpLD Assessments Standards Committee and Middlesex University, demonstrating a consistent ability to deliver at scale and to the most rigorous standards.

Their National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are accredited by the Department for Education. Their SEND Programme is quality assured and awarded by Middlesex University. Their Masters in Leading Inclusive Education is jointly owned with Middlesex University. Their National Award for SEN Coordination has been peer assessed against a quality framework by the National Award Providers Partnership, of which they are a member. Their Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A) courses on the Professional Assessment Programme is accredited by Middlesex University, and adheres to requirements set down the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and the British Psychological Society Psychological Testing Centre.

Team experience and expertise

The Real Group have a large and highly experienced and qualified team of 25 full time employed staff and more than 50 contracted staff who deliver, tutor and assess their programmes.

The team, founded by educational psychologists, is made up of trained teachers, qualified psychologists, former school leaders, visiting speakers and fellows and university lecturers, legislation and policy developers and serving school leaders. Many of whom have a doctorate, masters or postgraduate degree in their areas of expertise.

Testimonials

GEMS Wellington Academy, Colin Callaghan, CEO and Principal

The feedback from the member of staff was that Real training are very professional. The tutors are really helpful and supportive with feedback.

They have a lot of materials available for students to access. The admin was also quick with things. Their course website was very comprehensive too.

This member of staff involved is one our lead SEND practitioners and the benefits of the course are evident in her work.

Deira International School, Ian Ward, Primary School Principal

For the SEND Coordinator programme, I would highly recommend this.

My leader for SEND felt that the training had a positive impact on her understanding of SEND and the further development of her strategic understanding.

I have seen her demonstrate these new skills back in school which has had a positive impact on her team which in turn has led to positive student outcomes.

National social justice charity, Anonymous specialist

Students found the content for the course very good and was set out well for him to complete the course. Expertise for the course were very good and supported my employee very well.

The delivery of the course was well received and the impacted the training has had on the employee was very good and has used the skills and knowledge that has been learnt very well.

Swans International School, Anthony Collins, SENCO

The best online learning platform I have ever experienced. Tutor support is friendly, professional and fast. Modules are well structured and really do lead to improved levels of confidence and better outcomes for students

Ladybridge Community Primary School, Julie Hignett, Deputy Headteacher and SENCO

[On the NASENCo Award] I could study at home, I could study at work and I wasn’t committed to particular days. My tutor was really helpful, someone that I could email or telephone ‘at the drop of a hat’. If I had an issue or concern, I could post it straight onto the discussion forum and would have instant access to a bank of expertise that gave me the answer. Dedicated time with another SENCO, combined with practical audit experience and exposure to external agencies gave me the experience and confidence that I needed. I could not have done the role properly without doing the course. As a direct result of my training, more children’s needs are being met and we are closing the attainment gap.

GEMS Wellington Academy, Colin Callaghan, CEO and Principal

The feedback from the member of staff was that Real training are very professional. The tutors are really helpful and supportive with feedback.

They have a lot of materials available for students to access. The admin was also quick with things. Their course website was very comprehensive too.

This member of staff involved is one our lead SEND practitioners and the benefits of the course are evident in her work.

Deira International School, Ian Ward, Primary School Principal

For the SEND Coordinator programme, I would highly recommend this.

My leader for SEND felt that the training had a positive impact on her understanding of SEND and the further development of her strategic understanding.

I have seen her demonstrate these new skills back in school which has had a positive impact on her team which in turn has led to positive student outcomes.

National social justice charity, Anonymous specialist

Students found the content for the course very good and was set out well for him to complete the course. Expertise for the course were very good and supported my employee very well.

The delivery of the course was well received and the impacted the training has had on the employee was very good and has used the skills and knowledge that has been learnt very well.

Swans International School, Anthony Collins, SENCO

The best online learning platform I have ever experienced. Tutor support is friendly, professional and fast. Modules are well structured and really do lead to improved levels of confidence and better outcomes for students

Ladybridge Community Primary School, Julie Hignett, Deputy Headteacher and SENCO

[On the NASENCo Award] I could study at home, I could study at work and I wasn’t committed to particular days. My tutor was really helpful, someone that I could email or telephone ‘at the drop of a hat’. If I had an issue or concern, I could post it straight onto the discussion forum and would have instant access to a bank of expertise that gave me the answer. Dedicated time with another SENCO, combined with practical audit experience and exposure to external agencies gave me the experience and confidence that I needed. I could not have done the role properly without doing the course. As a direct result of my training, more children’s needs are being met and we are closing the attainment gap.