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New March cohort available for fully-funded NPQ places

We have recently heard from the Department for Education (DfE) that there may potentially be further funding available for places on our National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) in March. The funding would be accessible for schools based in the category 5 and 6 areas. To allow you and your colleagues to take advantage of this funding opportunity we have added a new cohort for March. The cohort will start on 31 March but to be included with a fully-funded place, you will need to complete our online booking form by 8 February at the latest.

We, unfortunately, cannot guarantee DfE funding at this stage but should the funding not be available, don’t worry – we will be in touch to discuss whether you wish to continue your booking on a paid basis or cancel the booking with absolutely no costs incurred.

We offer three DfE-approved NPQs for all school-based leaders and aspiring leaders:

  • NPQML for current and aspiring middle leaders with responsibility for a team
  • NPQSL for current and aspiring senior leaders with responsibilities across an education setting
  • NPQH for those who are looking to move into a headteacher role within 12-18 months

These qualifications are designed to develop your leadership skills, knowledge and confidence so that you can become highly effective leaders in your setting. With our flexible, online and practice-led learning model you will be able to set your own study schedule and work at your own pace, implementing improvement plans into your setting from the outset.

Register now for a funded place on our NPQ courses

As well as being fully-funded, starting in March rather than waiting until May will mean that you can benefit from additional time to help you complete important elements of your projects before the summer break.

In addition, with both the NPQSL and NPQH you will achieve 60 credits at level 7, which you can bring into our SEND Programme or MA in Leading Inclusive Education (MALIE) programme to gain a postgraduate qualification accredited by Middlesex University.

To register yourself or your colleagues for our March intake, please complete our simple online booking form by 8 February. If you have any questions regarding our NPQ courses, please get in touch with us.

Is inclusion at the top of your priority list for 2019?


“Real Training is transcending inclusion barriers.”

– Elaine Patrick, Real Training delegate 2018

With inclusion currently a hot topic in many international schools, it is more important than ever that the leaders of the schools understand how best to support their colleagues, as well as the students themselves, in the journey to becoming a high-performing inclusive school. We are not saying that your school may not be inclusive already, but there are always ways to improve and enhance the support you can offer to all your students. Let us help you achieve your goals in inclusion with our highly-regarded and accredited NPQ and iSENCO qualifications.

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

We offer online qualifications for leaders at all levels and inclusion is a key focus which flows through our NPQs for middle leadership (NPQML), for senior leadership (NPQSL) and for headship (NPQH).

The courses will enhance your skills, knowledge and confidence to help you lead successfully in your setting. All our NPQs start with a leadership behavioural assessment to help you establish your strengths and identify behaviours to work on to improve your effectiveness as a leader. The courses then cover content and assignments in six key areas:

  • Leading with impact
  • Strategy and improvement
  • Teaching and curriculum excellence
  • Working in partnership
  • Managing resources and risks
  • Increasing capability

International Award for SEN Coordination (iSENCO)

Since launching the programme only last year, we have seen SENCOs, Inclusion Managers and other educators interested in supporting SEN children in their setting book the iSENCO course from over 20 different countries. Whilst on the course, you will be able to share best practice with these delegates in our online discussion forums.

Our iSENCO programme offers you a unique SENCO qualification focused on how to support SEN children in an international setting. It covers important topics facing international schools today when looking at SEN provision and can be tailored to the country where you are based. 

The best support, wherever you are

With one-to-one support from experienced tutors based all over the world and the course completed via our flexible online learning platform, you will be able to study at a time and place that suits you. As an educator yourself, you will know that the best way to learn is by doing – our courses, therefore, do not only teach you the theory, but your assignments will also include practical work, meaning that you will be making an impact in your setting straight away.

Accredited qualifications

All our qualifications are validated by Middlesex University and our NPQ programmes are also approved by the UK Department for Education (DfE). By completing the NPQSL, NPQH or the iSENCO qualification you will be awarded 60 credits at level 7, which you can use to gain a postgraduate qualification on our SEND Programme or on the MA in Leading Inclusive Education (MALIE).

Don’t miss out – join our January cohorts today!

There is still time to join our January cohort for the iSENCO qualification if you enrol by the end of tomorrow (Tuesday 15 January) via our online booking form. As with all our courses, you will not need to pay anything at the time of booking but we will ask you to complete our registration forms and make an initial payment by the end of the month if you wish to join this cohort.

If you are considering joining the January cohort for one of our NPQs, you have a little more time – simply complete the online booking form on or before 31 January.

Only two days left to book onto the January cohort for our online SEND Programme

If you are looking to enhance your knowledge of SEND and expand your skill set, you may wish to look through the modules available on our flexible masters-level online SEND Programme – see the full list. You can build your own study programme from the available modules and target areas of knowledge and practice that are most relevant to you, your setting and the children in your care. With our online practice-led learning model you can study on your own terms and bring positive changes into your setting from the outset.

“Real Training gives you the opportunity to gain the essential skills and knowledge necessary to master and progress on your chosen career path.” – Kathryn Clark, Real Training delegate 2018

Bring existing credits into the programme

Combine credits you already have from existing level 7 SEND qualifications with further modules on our online SEND programme to gain your desired postgraduate award:

  • A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  •  A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or
  • The Master of Education in SEND (180 credits)

If the credits were achieved with another provider, simply email us now to request a copy of our Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) forms.

Start your journey with us

If you don’t already have credits to bring into the programme, don’t worry – you can register for the online SEND Programme and start your learning journey with us straight away. Here’s some advice from Sarah Johnson-Motyl who is currently completing her Masters with us: “Real Training is your gateway to an alternative career – believe in yourself and your ability to influence our next generation of learners.”Only two days left – don’t miss out

Take the next step in your career and start your chosen module(s) this month – complete our online booking form by the end of tomorrow (Tuesday 15 January) to be included in our January cohort. We don’t take a payment at the time of booking but in order to start this month, you will need to complete the required application forms and make an initial payment by the end of the month.

There’s still time to join our January cohort for the National Award for SEN Coordination

If you are looking to complete the National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) qualification this year as either a new SENCO, an experienced SENCO or an aspiring SENCO, then our approved online course offers you a flexible way to deepen your knowledge in SEND and rapidly grow your confidence and experience, empowering you to implement change within your setting. There is still time to join our January cohort if you book online on or before 15 January.

Real Training’s online National Award for SEN Coordination qualification – offering you the most flexible practice-led learning

We can’t explain what it is like to undertake our course any better than one of our delegates, Clare Matson, who completed the National Award for SEN Coordination qualification with Real Training this month:

“This course has enabled me to become more confident within my role as SENCO, deepening my knowledge and understanding of what the role involves. It has helped me to critically reflect upon the practices used within my school enabling me to make improvements and alterations that will benefit all. The support I have gained from my headteacher and other members of staff has been amazing, especially when making changes and implementing new strategies, which can often be daunting when you are already very busy and over worked. It has at times been very challenging juggling work, a young family and running a home with completing all the tasks required but I have managed it. Looking back now I am glad I undertook the course and it is one that I would recommend to any SENCO as the knowledge you gain is invaluable.”

What is involved?

Our National Award for SEN Coordination course comprises four strands which you can work through at your own pace during the year using our fantastic virtual learning portal, Campus Online. You will also have a dedicated tutor who will support at every step of your learning journey. The first strand provides you with the theory and background knowledge required for you to excel in the other three strands where you will learn via more practice-led activities. We believe that this is the best way to learn and it also means that you will be making a difference in your setting straight away. For more details on what is covered, please visit our dedicated NASENCO page on our website.

Already completed NASENCO?

If you have already completed the qualification with another provider, please contact us to let us know and we will update our records. As long as you completed the course within the last five years, you can bring the credits into our SEND Programme and study towards a Postgraduate Diploma or a Master of Education (MEd) in SEND.

Fast-track your educational testing skills with our Manchester CCET course

Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing – Manchester

We hope your 2019 is off to a good start. If your school is looking for money-saving projects this year, it would be worthwhile looking at our Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) qualification. By completing this course, you will be able to fulfil the majority of your setting’s educational testing requirements, saving money on external providers.

Flexible learning

The CCET course can be completed online or via a 3-day intensive course. Our next face-to-face intensive CCET course will be taking place on 23-25 January at the Cottons Hotel in Knutsford, near Manchester. It is an open access course and is therefore completed by a wide range of education professionals from a variety of settings, including teachers, SENCOs, teaching assistants, tutors and education officers. The intensive option offers a speedy route to completion, with the majority of work undertaken during the 3-day course. The final assignments will then be completed back in your setting and uploaded for review by your dedicated tutor via our flexible online learning platform.

Gain a postgraduate qualification

Once completed you can join Real Training’s SEND programme as if you have 30 credits at level 7. In this way, completing CCET could be the first step towards gaining a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or a Master of Education (MEd) in SEND. If educational testing becomes something that you are passionate about, you could complete a PGCert in Educational Testing with only one further module after CCET. The CCET qualification also covers all of the British Psychological Society‘s (BPS) competences and standards so at the end of the course, if you wish, you can become a registered Test User with the BPS.

Be ready for September

By completing the course early in the year, you will save your school money for the rest of the academic year and you will also be well prepared for the busy assessment period in the Autumn term. For those schools required to undertake access arrangements assessments, a follow-on module can be completed after CCET so that you can become an official access arrangements assessor in line with JCQ requirements – to be eligible you simply need to have a qualification to teach or work as a teacher/tutor in an independent setting or in higher or further education.

How to book

If you would like to attend this intensive CCET course this month, please complete the online booking form and ensure you select the Manchester course option on the drop-down list. We will not take payment at the time of booking but we will require a £500 deposit for the intensive course within seven days of booking, just to secure your place.

There are other dates and venues available if Manchester does not suit you this time – you can see our dedicated CCET webpage for full details of these. If you prefer, there is also the option to complete the CCET fully online or via a bespoke course in your own setting.