Last month, three R.E.A.L. learners took part in some research with the Nottinghamshire Educational Psychology Service. The aim of the research was to find out how young people cope with resilience by looking at what helped them to overcome problems in the past, and the reasons why it helped.
As part of the exercise, the researchers drew a large picture of a road with a pothole near the bottom. The pothole represented traumas and incidents that the learners have dealt with along the way. They explored what happened when the learners hit a real-life pothole and how they dealt with it.
The learners who took part spoke a lot about how coming to R.E.A.L. helped them to continue their learning journey without so many potholes. Each one spoke of the positive experience they have had since starting at R.E.A.L. – how their tutors listen and have time for them, how they are happy to attend, the varied learning options that R.E.A.L. offers and also how they have now started to gain confidence in themselves.
Kerry Shooter, a Learning Assistant at R.E.A.L. who attended the research group said: “By the end of the session the learners looked at the road and could see how far they had come. At the beginning of the session they were quite reluctant to speak, but by the end they all spoke well about their time at R.E.A.L. One learner in particular went into great detail about how they had overcome many issues and how they have now begun to cope better.”
“It made me feel so proud to see how far the learners had come since starting at R.E.A.L.”
Supporting the ‘whole child’, R.E.A.L. offer a broad, balanced curriculum designed to equip young people at all key stages with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to progress in further learning and life. The wellbeing of R.E.A.L. learners is central to this, and underpins all work and activities.