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FREE Access Arrangements Update (AAU) course for 2020/21 is LIVE!

FREE Access Arrangements Update (AAU) course for 2020/21We are very happy to announce that our FREE Access Arrangements Update (AAU) course for 2020/21 is now available through Campus Online!

As mentioned in our last AAU news update, this course is slightly different from previous versions. It contains two aspects; the first 30 minutes involves the updates from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) for 2020/21. The second part is a 2½ hour general refresher for Access Arrangements, perfectly timed for the return to school in in the next couple of weeks. 

If you have already registered for previous years you will be able to access the new course via your Campus Online portal immediately. Head on over and take a look. If you have forgotten your log-in details, these can be reset automatically.

If you haven’t yet registered, you can gain free access by following this link. Signing up takes a matter of seconds, with no lengthy booking forms involved.

Benefits of for the FREE Access Arrangements Update course (AAU)

  • Gain 3 SASC-accredited CPD hours upon completion
  • Be fully up to date with the new JCQ guidelines and requirements for the academic year
  • Have access to a popular forum to ask questions of both peers and tutors about specific challenges
  • Be able to work through the course in their own time, as it is fully online
  • Have access to a certificate of completion

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us or call us on +44 (0)1273 35 80 80 and we’d be happy to help.

Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) Next Campus Live Events

Next Campus Live EventThere is still time to book your place on our next CCET Campus Live Event!

Our Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) next Campus Live Event will take place on 23-25 September 2020. Places are limited and filling fast, so book your place to avoid disappointment!

Campus Live is our online classroom environment and has been designed to accommodate all delegates through a variety of different work environments, ensuring you will always feel supported. The course has been designed with you in mind too, requiring nothing more from you than a computer or tablet with either Chrome, Firefox, or Opera browsers installed, an internet connection, a webcam, microphone, and speakers, or headphones. It also allows for plenty of comfort breaks to ensure the smooth running of the course for the ultimate learning experience.

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Our CCET is open-access, meaning to be eligible to enrol, you only need to be working in or have access to an educational setting, and have access to psychometric tests for the duration of your study. If you do not currently have access to tests, you may be eligible for the Dyslexia Action Shop purchase scheme. This scheme is in place to enable those enrolled on the CCET course to access tests usually reserved for qualified practitioners, in order to complete their studies.

The Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) will help you to understand how assessments using psychometric tests are developed, how to use them effectively, and how to interpret the results. The course instructs you on how to test appropriately, the available alternatives, and the best ways in which to use them.

The Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) will enable you to apply for the BPS Test User Educational qualification and to join the BPS’s Register of Qualifications in Test Use – a publicly searchable database of competence that will bolster your professional reputation.

If you hold QTS or QTLS, completing this course will also allow you to take the Access Arrangements Course (AAC) to give you the opportunity to become your educational setting’s qualified exam access arrangements assessor. This, in combination with CCET, gives you the Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment, and Access Arrangements (CPT3A).

What our delegates say about our CCET course

“I have found this to be an enjoyable and informative course with high-quality resources and support. I would recommend Real Training.” – Ian Woollard, CCET Intensive

“Given the circumstances in which this course was completed, it was made very accessible and the support provided was excellent throughout. The delivery was excellent, with an open approach which allowed me to feel at ease and ask questions when needed.” – Lee Morgan – CCET Intensive

“Great course provider, the online element is great as enables you to work at your own pace, having access to tutors online great support and materials provided of high quality.” – Louise Dunn – CCET Intensive

“I would recommend Real Training to anyone looking for similar courses, the online platform is easy to use, clear, and provides all of the support materials needed.” – Vicky Bradley, CCET Intensive

If you are interested in booking your place on this, or any of our other CCET Campus Live Events, you can book your place here. It is ‘training as usual’ here at Real Training, so if you have any further questions, either in relation to the course or the Campus Live platform, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

National Tutoring Programme (NTP)

National Tutoring Programme (NTP)

Learn more about The National Tutoring Programme (NTP)

Qualified specialist teachers may be interested to learn more about the initiative to set up the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) as part of the Government’s response to the effects of the recent pandemic.

A joint group of providers including The Dyslexia Guild have written to the Secretary of State for Education indicating that they wish to support the NTP by offering access to their joint resources of professionally qualified and experienced specialist teachers and assessors of learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).

More information is available on The Dyslexia Guild website here.


Our National Professional Qualifications “exceed expectations” according to DfE’s NQAA

A recent review of our National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) by the Department for Education’s National Quality Assurance Agent (NQAA), Tribal Education, has found our courses “exceed expectations”, awarding us a mean score of 8.8 out of 10 across 15 areas assessed.

The comprehensive report covers all areas of the course delivery, from recruitment and admission to design of content. Tribal highlighted a number of areas in which Real Training excelled, with 11 of the 15 performance criteria achieving a score of 9 out of 10, and one scoring top marks.

Tribal were particularly impressed by our approach to ‘practice-led learning”; a philosophy we stand by as a way to allow our delegates to make an immediate impact in their educational setting:

“The ‘practice-led learning’ approach which underpins the design of the programmes is a key strength. The provider has used its expertise in online professional development to devise an approach which engages participants in practical school-based activities, which are reinforced through the online platform with structured learning experiences.”

The report also focused on our delegate’s feedback to Tribal about their experience studying their NPQ with Real Training. They note that:

“Participants are highly positive about the level of support they receive, with some saying that it was ‘above and beyond’ what they had expected from an online provider… Tutors have recent experience as senior school leaders relevant to the programme they are supporting and are from schools deemed to be ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED. The engagement of professional partners who are serving headteachers, and leadership coaches with high levels of expertise, is noted to be of significant support by NPQH participants.”

This is borne out in our own delegate feedback analysis, where 93% of NPQ delegates rated the tutor support as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

They go on to detail the key factors that led to the decision to study with us:

“Participants report that the key factors in choosing Real Group as their NPQ provider are the ability to choose a programme which is delivered online and which is flexible in its approach and the reputation of Real Group as a training provider.”

We at Real Training are very proud of the reputation we have built for being ‘online by design’; our NPQs were designed from the ground up to be delivered through our Campus Online platform, not adapted in the face of external circumstances, in order to fit a square peg in a round hole. Because of this, delegates feel fully supported by tutors, administration and technical staff, while allowing full flexibility to fit around the oft-tumultuous lives of education professionals. In fact, our delegates have rated the online presentation of the NPQ courses with a score of 86%.

Tribal summarise the report by highlighting the areas of exceptional performance from Real Training:

  •  “A unique provider with a strong history of bespoke online learning to provide accessibility for participants across England.”
  • “Reflective leadership with a strong moral purpose, which ensures that the NPQ programmes are underpinned by the values of Real Group in developing future school leaders.”
  • “The ‘practice-led learning’ design of the programmes to ensure online learning is integrated with, and relevant to, real-life school environments.”

If you are interested in completing a National Professional Qualification, and would like to do so with the peace of mind that you are doing so with a provider highly respected by both delegates and the industry at large, please visit our NPQ pages, or contact us either by phone on +44 (0) 1273 35 80 80, or email info@realgroup.co.uk.