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How International Schools can benefit from the UK’s leading masters-level inclusive educational training

 
School leaders have been telling us about their frustrations in being unable to have their teachers without UK QTS access the new skills, confidence and abilities the UK’s National Award in SEN Coordination provides. As things stand, the absence of UK QTS or QTLS is an insurmountable barrier to joining this course. Additionally, even for those who have QTS, the foundation of the course is UK regulations, structures and societal make-up.

Based on that, we have taken the best of the UK award, augmented it and then changed the rest to make the course agnostic to location or geography, and also have a greater focus on issues that matter to leaders in international schools, like third culture kids, and the intersection of local and scholastic language in students with EAL. This isn’t simply a re-hash of the UK award – it’s a bespoke course, designed for – and in partnership with – international schools.

Our iSenco course is:

  • Delivered fully online, and without internal deadlines, so delegates can study at a time and pace which suits their real lives. This is also more cost-effective as it means teachers do not need to be away from their learning centre
  • Tutored one-to-one by highly experienced experts
  • Created bespoke for the international schools market
  • Based on the latest psychological insight and expertise
  • Founded on experience – Real Training is one of the UK’s largest SENCO trainers
  • Practice-led, as we believe we learn best by doing, in a real-world environment
  • Delivered on our bespoke virtual learning environment, Campus Online
  • University-validated. Graduates will exit with a 60-credit Postgraduate Certificate from Middlesex University. By completing the course you can continue on your masters journey, whether it is with us or another provider
  • Based on the highest standards. We are members of the National Award Provider Group in the UK, our courses are all assessed and monitored by Middlesex University and we are members of the British Accrediation Council
  • Created in partnership with international partners including school leaders based in international schools and informed by insights gained from our membership of groups including COBISBESA and ISCR.

If you are interested in reserving a place, all you need to do is register on our booking form. Registration takes two or three minutes, and no payment is taken at this stage. Additionally, if you want to change your start date further down the line, all you need to do is let us know and we can arrange this – and with no additional cost.

The deadline to register and enrol for the next cohort is January 15, and there are further cohorts in May and September.

Alongside our iSenco course, we also deliver NPQs, the UK National Award, our MEd SEND programme, our world-leading Professional Assessment Programme and more. All our courses are delivered online and suited to delegates based all over the world. In fact, we have current participants in 53 countries across the globe.

Effectively supporting young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs in schools

 
As you are probably aware, today is World Mental Health Day. Perhaps there are activities in your setting to discuss this and raise awareness of some of the issues – spoken and unspoken – which will affect at least some of the students in your care? According to a study by Green H et al in 2005, one in ten children has a diagnosable mental health disorder. And a more recent study by the Office for National Statistics in 2016 suggested that perhaps unsurprisingly for those on the frontline of education, close to one in four children and young people show some evidence of poor mental health.

Finding effective strategies, allied to empathy

Clearly, as both an educator and a public servant, your first inclination when working with students with social, emotional or mental health challenges is – quite rightly – to be empathetic.

However, what many educators have told us over the years is that, particularly in this area of need, knowing how to approach these issues is fraught with concern. The fear of inadvertently causing distress through well-intentioned actions is true of everyone in society when engaging with people who are suffering from these challenges, but particularly acute with teachers.

Improved insight giving better outcomes

Allied to working with mental health and medical professionals as part of the teacher’s duty of care, there are also training options available to empower educators with practical skills and knowledge to help make a positive difference to students’ scholastic and life outcomes.

Real Training offers a masters module in Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs as part of our MEd SEND programme. This 30-credit module (validated by Middlesex University) can be taken as either a standalone module, combined with our Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion module to confer upon graduates a postgraduate certificate in SEND: Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs, or give 30 credits towards a full masters for the module, or 60 when combined with Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion.

Whether participants simply want to gain the skills and knowledge from the module itself or make it part of their ongoing progression, our programme is entirely flexible.

What are the benefits of the module?

Full details of the module’s content, outcomes, costs, start dates and more can be found on the Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs webpage. But the core aspects which make our programmes different are that they’re:

  • Delivered and tutored by experts. Our Module Leader, Sarah Norris, is a senior Educational Psychologist who has worked extensively with schools and young people with SEND and specialises in the field of mental health. Sarah is supported by other expert tutors in delivering our module.
  • Flexibly delivered, fully online. We know that the life of the educator is extremely busy and unpredictable. So our fully-tutored, online courses have no internal deadlines, so you can work at a pace – and at times – to suit your real life.
  • Based on psychology. Real Training is founded and owned by Educational Psychologists, so all of our programmes are based on the latest, and most rigorous, psychological insight.

What are the next steps?

If you have seen enough and want to book your place for our next cohort in January, you can book your place today online. Booking online takes just a couple of minutes, and no payment is needed at this stage.

Does your school need more depth in your access arrangements team?

 
At Real Training, we speak to dozens of access arrangements assessors every day – after all, we train more than 500 educators to become qualified access arrangements professionals every year.

What they are telling us on a regular basis is how much they’d value having another member of the team qualified to complete access arrangements – and as we approach Form 8 time it’s a conversation we have ever-more often.

With that in mind, perhaps your school is considering getting an additional resource?

Our Access Arrangements Assessor course (CPT3A) is the most popular in the UK for a variety of reasons. Our CPT3A course is:

  • Delivered in a way which suits schools and teachers. Either fully online (saving on travel and arranging cover) or blended, with our acclaimed 3-day intensive CCET course to start, and accelerate the process.
  • A path to ongoing development. Our course lets graduates join either of our master’s courses, validated by Middlesex University as if they have 30 credits.
  • In line with the standards laid down by the British Psychological Society. Our graduates receive the BPS’s test user educational qualification. 
  •  Supported. All of our courses benefit from one-to-one expert tutoring meaning our participants always feel fully supported throughout their learning journey.

Our fully-online courses are available to start at any point, and we’ve upcoming 3-day intensive events for the CCET module in London, Bristol and Manchester.

Real Training’s Access Arrangements Update course is now live – and free to access

 
If you haven’t yet registered for our free-to-access Access Arrangements Update course, it is now live. 
 
Covering all the changes to the JCQ regulations this course comprises a series of videos, webinars, case studies, a forum and more, so you can make sure you are able to submit EAA forms this coming year with confidence. The content will be available to registrants for 12 months, so you can come back and double-check at any time, and post questions to peers and tutors on the forum. 
 
To register, simply contact us with your name and preferred email address and we’ll send you a login within 48 hours. 

Real Training’s free Access Arrangements Update Course coming next week

For those who registered for our free Access Arrangements Update Course, we wanted to update you on progress, so you can be assured that you will have all the information you need in good time to undertake access arrangements for the year ahead with complete confidence. Our programme leaders Sophia and Louise are currently putting the finishing touches to the course, which will be available for you to access next week. 
 
This course will be hosted on our virtual learning environment, Campus Online, for which you’ll be sent log-in details via email next week once the course is live. This course can be viewed as many times as you like for the coming year to allow you to remind yourself of the changes and their implementation on an ongoing basis. The course will comprise:
  • An introductory video
  • A film and slide presentation on gathering, presenting and submitting evidence
  • A detailed run-through of the changes to access arrangements for the coming year
  • Reminders and clarifications 
  • A step-by-step guide on completion of a Form 8 
Additionally, there will be multiple choice questionnaires you can complete to check you’ve correctly understood the changes and their interpretations, case studies, links and downloads for JCQ forms and the full JCQ changes and also a forum where you can start and contribute to discussions with your peers and colleagues across the country. 
 
If you have not registered yet for our free Access Arrangements Update Course, please contact us to do so. 

Deadline for DfE-funded NPQ places less than two weeks away

 
 
We’ve been informed by the DfE that a hiatus on funding is about to take effect. So if you want to benefit from a government-funded NPQ, you need to enrol by 12 September. Check here if your school is within a DfE opportunity area – and as such you should be eligible for a fully-funded NPQ course or contact us.

 

 

What NPQ courses do Real Training offer?

We offer NPQs at middlesenior and headship levels – to benefit everyone from aspiring leaders at the start of their teaching career, through to current or aspirant head teachers.

What makes our courses different?

As well as a deep-seated and long-standing commitment to inclusive learning and improving outcomes for all, Real Training have always been an expert, next-generation online learning provider. We believe that, in educators real lives, flexibility – coupled with support, are absolutely vital to effective development.

Our programmes have no internal deadlines, so the learning adapts to you and doesn’t force you to make compromises between in-school commitments and learning deadlines. And as the experts in fully-online masters-level training, we are the only provider in the UK accredited by the DfE to deliver NPQs entirely online.

There are many, many other benefits to studying for your NPQ with Real Training, all of which are detailed on the NPQ web site. But most of all, studying with Real Training means you can benefit from leading-edge inclusive leadership development, informed by educational psychology, without the added stress of internal deadlines or having to be away from your school.

What are the next steps to register and benefit from a funded place?

Registering is simplicity itself. All you have to do is go to our booking form, select the course for you and complete a few brief details – it takes no more than a couple of minutes. If you do want to take the next step in your leadership journey – and benefit from a funded place – make sure you register by 12 September. Once your form is submitted, our education support team will work with you on the next steps to get you enrolled and on the path to new skills and career opportunities.

iSenco – New course specifically created for International Schools

 

With the new school year getting fully underway, now is a time we often reflect on new challenges, aims and personal goals the year ahead brings. With that, many will be looking at developing their own skills and those within their team.

World class training for educators across the globe

We’ve always had a fully inclusive ethos, not just for the students under our graduates’ care, but also in how we create and deliver our training. Our globally-acclaimed training programmes have always been delivered largely online, and are all practice-led, meaning that participants across the world, in any type of setting, can use their real-world circumstances to inform their development. As a company created and owned by former educators, we understand the importance of new skills being actionable, practical and giving ongoing improvement. However, listening to our friends and colleagues in British International Schools, we knew we could do more. So we have.
 

Taking the best of the UK’s SEND training, creating new courses specifically for International Schools

Firstly, we’ve created a new international version of our hugely popular National Award in SEN Coordination tailored to the needs and circumstances of international schools, based in the UK and overseas. This new iSenco qualification differs in several ways, to make it ideal for those not based in UK mainstream state school settings. The iSenco qualification:

  • Does not require participants to have UK QTS or QTLS, removing the biggest barrier to access for many based in international schools
  • Takes a location-agnostic view on the legislative framework, whereas the UK award focuses entirely on the legislation and regulations in England and Wales
  • Gives participants detailed guidance on many areas most common in international schools including third-culture students, the intersection of SEN and EAL
  • Confers a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits at masters level) to all graduates
  • Gives a pathway to completing our fully-validated MEd SEND programme

The next cohort starts this September, so if you want to book your place you can do so now, or find out more on the course web page.

What is more, following a hugely successful and sold-out CCET (Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing) course we delivered in Dubai in April, we are now running another course from 18-20 September in Dubai. A few places still remain, so if you or one of your team want to join fellow delegates, please book soon to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions at all, about our iSenco qualification, our acclaimed CCET course taking place in Dubai or anything else, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of advisors who are here to help. 

CCET – The UK’s leading qualification in Educational Testing

 
Access Arrangements Course (AAC)

In April, we delivered our market-leading Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) qualification locally in Dubai. It was an overwhelming success with lots of great feedback from the course delegates. Here’s what some of the delegates have said:
 

 

 

‘One of the best courses I have attended. Informative, well delivered and organised.’

Javene from GEMS First Point School, U.A.E

‘Amazing and should be a part of the general teaching qualification.’  

Tracey from GEMS Metropole School, U.A.E

Fantastic course, it’s definitely a must!’  

Kirsha from Sunmarke School, U.A.E

‘Extremely informative and thought provoking!’  

Donna from King’s School Al Barsha, U.A.E

 
With the April course fully booked, we decided to hold another course in Dubai for those starting new roles or looking for new challenges in the new academic year, or simply for those who missed out on the course in April.

The new course will be held on 18-20 September at the Horizon International School in Dubai and there are still a few spaces left so book now to avoid disappointment.

During and after the course you will be working closely with our highly qualified and experienced senior educational psychologists.

Please take a look at our CCET page for more information. If you deal with access arrangements applications at your school, you may be interested in combining the CCET with our Access Arrangements Course (AAC) to gain the Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A) – a qualification which meets the JCQ criteria for access arrangements assessors.

Come and meet us at events in London, Kent, Glasgow and Abu Dhabi this October and November

 

We are excited to be attending several events across the UK and even further and we wanted to write about our events calendar for the Autumn/Winter term. We hope to see you at one of these events to answer any questions you may have on our new or established courses.

The TES SEN Show

Venue: The Business Design Centre, London

Date: 5-6 October 2018

Visit our Real Training stand and ask us about all our masters-level courses on inclusion, SEND, educational testing, access arrangements and leadership.

Other information:

• Attend our workshop on the Saturday at 11.45 to discover the benefits offered by our revised SEND programme.
• Visit the Dyslexia Action stand to ask our colleagues about their courses at levels 4, 5 and 7.

Dyslexia Scotland Education Conference

Venue: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Date: 27 October 2018

Visit our Dyslexia Action stand and ask us about all our level 4, 5 and 7 courses in dyslexia and literacy, as well as the products available at our one-stop Dyslexia Action Shop.

Education Experts Conference

Venue: Dusit Thani, Abu Dhabi

Date: 30-31 October 2018

Visit our Real Group stand and ask us about all our Real Training and Dyslexia Action training courses including our new International Award in SEN Coordination qualification, resources available at our Dyslexia Action Shop and services available through Real Psychology.

The Education People Show

Venue: The Kent Event Centre, Detling

Date: 7 November 2018

Visit our Real Training stand and ask us about all our masters-level courses on inclusion, SEND, educational testing, access arrangements and leadership.

Independent Schools Council SEND Conference

Venue: Park Plaza Victoria, London

Date: 16 November 2018

Visit our Dyslexia Action stand and ask us about all our level 4, 5 and 7 courses in dyslexia and literacy, as well as the products available at our one-stop Dyslexia Action Shop.

Look out for more information from us on social media nearer the time. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for regular updates about events and courses as well as the latest industry news.

Save up to 75% on selected items in the Super Summer Sale!

 

Are you wondering what to do with your remaining budget before the end of the academic year? Visit Dyslexia Action Shop website until 27 July to take advantage of reduced prices for over 80 items in our Super Summer Sale!

Start the new year in September with new games and books, as well as literacy and numeracy resources, to help support and grow your students. There will also be a limited number of test materials and assessment forms available to purchase in the sale.

In addition to the amazing discounted products, if you spend over £100 you will receive a free copy of the insightful book Understanding Dyslexia by Janet Townsend.

The sale is only available for a limited time so don’t miss out.

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