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Return to R.E.A.L.

A recent change in the government’s coronavirus guidelines has meant that more learners have been welcomed back to R.E.A.L.

Staff across R.E.A.L. worked hard to prepare hubs so they were ready for the additional learners – adding further safety and cleaning measures and also making sure that the two metre social distancing rule could be observed.

Increased desk spacing, a reduced amount of chairs, one way systems, scheduled mealtimes, and allowing extra time for handwashing and hand gel use are just some of the measures that have been introduced. Staff have also been mindful to try and maintain as much normalcy for learners as possible.

Learners have been encouraged to talk about how they’re feeling about the changes to the site, and the current situation generally – with staff ready and willing to listen.

Ellen Longmate, Learning Manager and School Lead for Behaviour and Attendance at R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision School (RAPS), said: “It has been lovely to see so many of our learners again. I have been really impressed by their understanding of the situation and their maturity.

“Our first priority is the health and safety of our learners, and we will do all we can to ensure that their physical and mental health needs are met.”

Ellen created a short video for RAPS learners to highlight the changes that have been made to the site and explain safety measures. The video was uploaded to RAPS learners’ workspaces for them to view before their return. Click here to see the video.


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

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