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Monthly Round-up October 2017

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

R.E.A.L. Regional Winner & National Finalist

Building on the success of R.E.A.L Education’s recent Education and Business Partnership award for Derbyshire, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has announced  R.E.A.L. Education as the winner of the Education and Business Partnership award for the whole of the East Midlands region!

This means that R.E.A.L. Education is now a finalist in the BCC national awards; the winners of which will be announced at a gala dinner at The Brewery, London, on 30 November.

Richard Smith,  Operations Director at R.E.A.L. Education said: “We were taken aback when we received the phone call about becoming national finalists. I think it’s now finally sinking in what an achievement this is. The impact of our work with young people has now been recognised on a national level and that is something we should all be proud of.”

Courtnie Collects Diana Award

On Tuesday 3rd October, Courtnie Watts attended a very special awards ceremony at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) Centre, Birmingham. Courtnie was there to receive her Diana Award for acting as a mentor to and overall inspiration to her peers.

Courtnie joined other young role models at the prestigious ceremony in Birmingham to collect her Diana Award. The awards were set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and they are given to young people who have selflessly transformed the lives of others by going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change.

During a Q&A session in the auditorium, Courtnie was asked what she thought about guiding others. She addressed the audience and said: “You can only inspire others when you inspire yourself.”

Nichola Goddard (Learning Manager for Courtnie) and other representatives from R.E.A.L. Education accompanied Courtnie to the awards. Nichola said: “The whole event was ‘inspirational’, the perfect opportunity to reflect on how valuable our young people are.  All those who attended felt immense pride in Courtnie, themselves, and R.E.A.L Education as a whole for what we stand for.”

Courtnie’s award was presented to her by Mr John Crabtree OBE, appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to be her representative in the West Midlands.

The R.E.A.L. Befriending Service

The R.E.A.L. Befriending Service is a 1-on-1 provision designed to support children and young people during out of school hours and throughout the school holidays. It bridges the gap between school and home life, and helps to develop young people’s social and independence skills through enriching life experiences whilst also building positive relationships.

The service works by pairing each young person with an appropriate Befriender – someone who is best suited to meet their needs and enable them to achieve their goals. Whether it’s going to the park, bowling, fishing, museums, or even to joining a club or dance class, there’s always something R.E.A.L. can do to support young people in their local community.

Anaila Buckley, Befriending Service Manager, leads the R.E.A.L. Befriending Service with Jess Coates, Befriending Coordinator & Specialist Teaching Assistant at R.E.A.L. Independent School.

Jess says: “The R.E.A.L Befriending Service is not just about ticking boxes when it comes to supporting our children and young people. We recognise that our roles and responsibilities don’t just stop at the end of the school day or at the start of a school holiday.”

Analia says: “The service is a highly regarded part of the R.E.A.L. provisions on offer. Staff work hard, with real commitment to make this quality provision function and ultimately endeavour to change lives. This ethos continues through the interval between school and home life – with families benefiting from the regular support.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Befriending Service, please contact Analia Buckley or Jess Coates:

Functional Snooker Packages Available

Functional Snooker at R.E.A.L. Education is up and running again this Autumn Term. We have some great 6-week Functional Snooker packages available to local schools, ready to take place at our dedicated Functional Snooker suite at Kings Mill Way, Mansfield.

Following the success of last year’s pilot scheme, we are delighted to announce that King Edward Primary School, Mansfield have returned with a new group of students.

Teaching Assistant, at King Edward’s, Mrs O’Keefe had some fantastic comments about their experience: “The maths side of functional snooker just adds to the fun – the children don’t really notice the fact they are learning. They have shown great teamwork helping each other decide what shots to play to score well. They have been very supportive and shown great sportsmanship.”

Young people across R.E.A.L have also been using Functional Snooker as an integral part of their sessions for learning, engagement and social opportunities.

For more information about Functional Snooker, booking packages, or arranging a visit to our Functional Snooker Hub, please contact Paul Gaskin, Functional Snooker Coordinator –

World Mental Health Day

On Tuesday 10th October, R.E.A.L. marked World Mental Health Day.

Learners from across R.E.A.L. Education took part in ‘yellow’ activities throughout the day. #helloyellow was devised by Young Minds, a charity that is passionate about supporting young people with mental health problems.

R.E.A.L. Independent School staff and learners at Concorde House dressed up in yellow and did yellow themed activities such as quizzes, word searches and an object memory game with yellow items. Learners also looked at using positive words and comments throughout the day to promote positive thinking.

R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision School (RAPS) learners also did a yellow memory test, made inspirational bunting, and took part in a yellow quiz. One task involved staff and learners anonymously listing on yellow ping pong balls the ages of any people they know with a mental health problem. Learners then analysed the results in their numeracy session. The results from the exercise showed the age range was spread over 88 years – the average age being 34.

Sian Bullen, School Lead for Curriculum for RAPS said: “As many as 1 in 10 children and young people, aged 5 – 16, suffer from a diagnosable mental health problem, and 10% of young people deliberately harm themselves regularly. With such figures in mind, staff felt it was incredibly important to help raise awareness of such an important issue with our young people.”

RAPS Charity Fashion Show

R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision School (RAPS) are hosting a Charity Fashion Show at Blidworth Miners Welfare Social Centre, Mansfield Rd, Blidworth, Mansfield NG21 0LR on Monday 4th December. Doors open at 6.30pm and the show will begin at 7pm

The event is a great opportunity to buy brand-new high street clothes from shops such as Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Topshop and Next at discount prices. Models will walk around wearing items available to purchase, and there will then be an opportunity to try on clothes before you buy them at the end of the evening. Payments can be made by cash or card.

It promises to be a brilliant evening and the perfect opportunity to get 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

Please do come along and support with friends if you can!

Vocational Course Places

We still have a limited number of places left on some of our vocational courses.

We have a few places in Land Based Studies, Sport (at Ilkeston & Glapwell), Construction, Music and Hair & Beauty.

If you would like more information about these courses, or would like to enquire about registering, please email or call 01158 220400.

Have a Great Half Term…

Please click here for a reminder of the latest term dates.


If you’ve been inspired to find out more about R.E.A.L. Education, take a look around our websites to get a better understanding of the impact we make on the lives of the amazing young people we work with.

R.E.A.L. Education – Tailored individualised one to one programmes and vocational group placements across the East Midlands.

R.E.A.L. Independent School – Full time school provision for young people in the East Midlands.

R.E.A.L. 14-19 Alternative Provision School – Exciting vocational courses delivered by industry expert teachers. Supporting skills for life and work.

R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust – A charitable foundation to support and enable young people to reach their potential.


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

R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision