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Celebrating 10 Years at R.E.A.L.

We’re currently celebrating those wonderful and dedicated staff members who have worked at R.E.A.L. for 10 years or more…

This month, we’re focusing on Michelle Farr who has tirelessly worked at R.E.A.L. for over ten years. 

Michelle’s role involves working alongside her colleague Chris Newman to lead on Quality of Education for the four R.E.A.L. Independent Schools. We asked Michelle to tell us what her typical day might look like: “There really is no typical day at R.E.A.L. but the day often starts with a focus on case management and ensuring that learners are able to successfully access their education. 

“Yesterday, after arriving on a school site, I worked on a report for Governors, analysing progress data and chasing any missing data. I then followed up on attendance and safeguarding issues, and prepared for an upcoming EHCP annual review by sharing reports and checking I have curriculum reports and reports from other agencies in place. 

“Once this was done, it was straight into our weekly leadership meeting, which usually has a focus on school improvement and self-evaluation. We start with a quick fire round to update colleagues on any developments that we’ve been working on. 

“I then met with a member of staff to conduct a ‘book look’. This is where we audit a group of learners’ work as part of a wider ‘deep dive’ into our curriculum to identify strengths and areas for development. 

“In between all of this, I spent some time looking through CVs for a new teacher position that has recently been advertised and caught up with phone calls and emails, before finishing the day with a home visit.” 

Michelle trained in primary education teaching at Liverpool John Moores University, graduating in 2003. After leaving university, Michelle worked within primary schools before moving into safeguarding roles working with young people within a homeless project. 

Prior to joining R.E.A.L. Michelle worked within a multidisciplinary team at a centre for young people. Talking about this role, Michelle said: “Many of the young people I worked with were looked after, runaways, at risk of sexual exploitation, accessing pupil referral units or Not in Education, Employment or Training. I also worked with pre 16 learners on the brink of exclusion and with very similar needs to our learners here at R.E.A.L.”

We asked Michelle what she enjoys most about working at R.E.A.L.: “I really love working for R.E.A.L because everyone is compassionate and passionate about the children and young people we work with.  I have observed first hand the genuine impact that we have, on not only the children and the young people, but their families and wider community.”

R.E.A.L. offers a wide range of benefits for staff and is an amazing place to work. If you’d like to find out more about the work of our independent schools or are interested in joining our supportive and dynamic team, please click here to visit our website.


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