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Monthly Round-up November 2017

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


R.E.A.L. Education – British Chamber of Commerce National Finalists

On Thursday 2nd November, representatives from R.E.A.L. Education collected the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Education and Business Partnership Award for the East Midlands Region.

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber, said: “Congratulations to R.E.A.L. Education for going on to achieve further success in the BCC’s regional awards.

“The Chamber awards are the only business awards in the region delivered purely by business for business and are also the only awards which offer the winners the chance to share their stories on the national stage.”

Finger’s crossed for R.E.A.L. Education at the BCC National Awards! All national winners are to be announced on 30 November at a gala dinner at The Brewery, London.

R.E.A.L. Recruitment – make a Change

Can you, or do you know anyone who can make a difference to the lives of young people?

R.E.A.L. Education are looking to recruit quality team members who share our vision and approach to engaging children and young people who are struggling with mainstream opportunities.

As well as making a real difference to the lives of young people, joining the team at R.E.A.L. Education will also mean access to fantastic career development opportunities, a competitive salary, childcare vouchers and private health care.

Roles are widely available across the East Midlands and include: Teaching Assistants for Leicestershire and South Nottinghamshire (covering Nottingham City, Broxtowe and Erewash), Specialist Teaching Assistants in English and ICT for R.E.A.L Alternative Provision School. Learning Manager for South Nottinghamshire, Teachers of Maths, English and Science for Leicestershire and also a School Receptionist for R.E.A.L Independent School in Mansfield (maternity cover).

Jodie Conway, HR Manager for R.E.A.L. Education said: “We are recruiting widely, and especially require Teaching Assistants who thrive on being creative and enjoy delivering education in innovative ways. This will be a challenging role but rewarding one. If you have the motivation and drive to make a difference to the lives of young people and are able to teach them the skills required to live independent and fulfilling lives, please visit our website to apply.”

For more detailed information about each role, including the job description, hours, salary range and person specification, please visit


VOTE for the R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust

Trent Barton have opened a public vote to select their Charity Partner for 2018 and 2019 and it would be fantastic if the R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust could be chosen.

The R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust was established in 2008 to support innovative and creative educational solutions for children and young people, between the ages of 5 and 19, who are “lost to learning” and “hard to place”. The Trust looks to invest in, and support, state of the art facilities and creative initiatives that build self esteem and resilience in young people who present with a broad range of challenges.

Being the Charity Partner for Trent Barton would mean that all of it’s team fundraising events and charity focus for two years would be for the benefit of the R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust and the young people it supports.

To give the R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust a chance of being chosen, we need your help!

Please CLICK HERE to nominate the R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust as your chosen charity. The form is extremely simple and asks for the ‘reason for your nomination.’ Please do share your personal reasons as these will be taken into account.

CLICK HERE to read about Trent Barton’s Charity Partner programme.

To ensure that votes are all counted correctly, when asked for the Charity Name please write: “R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust.” The deadline for nominations is Sunday 26th November 2017 – please do try and vote before then.

Thank you for your support.


The R.E.A.L. Future of Music

Music Technology at R.E.A.L. Education has been taken to a whole new level thanks to six new custom-built music-machine computers and the latest music software.

Based at R.E.A.L. Education’s Nottingham Road site, the computer’s house the new ‘Reason 9’ software – the most spectacular piece of digital composition technology available. The engineering software, ‘Cubase’ has also been upgraded to the new Pro 9 version. Together, these technologies allow R.E.A.L. learners to create professional sounding, bang up-to- date recordings that are of an extremely high quality.

Using these tools will give learners further options for their future; either for further education at places such as West Nottinghamshire College or the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, or with a role within the music industry.

Rob Lyons, Provision Manager at R.E.A.L. Education said: “The technology means that our learners are creating the most up to date, floor-filling bangers imaginable. We currently have a learner who has over 1 million views on YouTube by the alias Dead Critic. The technology we have at R.E.A.L. allows classroom learning to translate into real-life hits – it really is fantastic.”

To register your interest in Music Technology at R.E.A.L. Education now, please email or call 01158 220400.


Learner Voice Progress

The first ‘Learner Voice’ meeting took place at Woodhouse Road in May. Since then, the ideas generated from the group are going from from strength-to-strength.

An activity at a recent meeting included learners creating ten questions to use when interviewing potential new tutors. The learners came up with some funny questions like: “Sing me your favourite song” and: “Tell me a joke” as well as the more serious: “What made you want to work with young people?”

Louise Duckmanton, Learning Manager and Learner Voice Lead said: “Learners tried out their questions by conducting mock interviews with myself and tutor Julie Greenwood. Needless to say I didn’t get the job – ha ha!

“Andrew in year 11 is one of several learners who have put themselves forward to interview potential new staff. We hope that by being a part of the recruitment process, learners will not only feel more empowered, but will also recognise the exceptional skills we require the staff at R.E.A.L. to possess.”


Digital Arts get R.E.A.L.

A learner from R.E.A.L.’s Digital Arts course has been busy creating their latest project – a professional promotional video for R.E.A.L. Education – what it stands for and what it can offer learners.

Jamaal created the promotional video with Neil Kellow, Lead Teacher of Digital Arts using state-of-the-art equipment from scratch in just a few days.

The promotional video just one area of R.E.A.L. Digital Arts. With courses from level 1-4, all learners are uniquely immersed in the atmosphere and operation of a professional commercial digital arts studio – right from the beginning of their course.

Neil, said: “It is a pleasure to be part of the development of R.E.A.L. Digital Arts, where skilled young people can finally reach their potential and are able to succeed in creative industries that have previously been poorly supplied with the proper training.”

Jamaal said: “By coming to R.E.A.L. Education, I now feel I can go way further than I think anyone, including myself, expected!”

To read more about the opportunities and technology available to R.E.A.L. Digital Arts Students, please click here.

To watch Jamaal’s promotional video, please click here. For more information and to register interest in Digital Arts at R.E.A.L. Education, visit, email or call (01623) 423583.


RAPS Charity Fashion Night – High Street Fashion at Discounted Prices!

Tickets are selling fast for the R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision School (RAPS) Charity Fashion Show!

The event, to be held at at Blidworth Miners Welfare Social Centre, Mansfield Rd, Blidworth, Mansfield NG21 0LR on Monday 4th December at 7pm, is a great opportunity to buy brand-new high street clothes at discounted prices.

It’s the perfect chance to grab some Christmas bargains! There will also be a bar serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

All money raised from the fashion show and the raffle on the night will go to the R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust. Tickets cost £3 and can be bought from Woodhouse Road or by emailing


Supporting Parents at R.E.A.L.

The R.E.A.L. Parent Group meets online (through our dedicated Facebook group) and face-to-face.

All parents are welcome to our friendly get-togethers. The next face-to-face Parent Group meeting is Friday 15th December at 12.30pm at the Burnt Stump pub, Arnold.

The Parent Group is a brilliant source of support, and meetings are used as a forum for parents to discuss anything they feel they need to – from actions they would like to see happen, to general advice and support.

If you would like to know a bit more about the Facebook group or get-togethers, please email Ellen Longmate for more information:



RAPS Mansfield will became RIS Mansfield on 27th May. The new RIS website will be launching shortly.

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