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Update for the Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) course 2020

We have some exciting new developments relating to our acclaimed Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) course, taking place in 2020.

As you will be aware, many activities and all kinds of communication have been turning increasingly to online media not only as forms of social communication but as important channels for learning, sharing and working.

As a result, for 2020, the Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) course will now be delivered via four webinars on the following dates:

  • 27 October – 10am – 12.30pm
  • 29 October – 10am – 12.30pm
  • 3 November – 10am – 12.30pm
  • 5 November – 10am – 12.30pm

How will this benefit participants? People undertaking the forthcoming CAP online course will be able to:

  • Join from anywhere in the world, without encountering the costs – and current risks – of travelling 
  • Take the course at a more measured pace, with a blend of pre-recorded videos   which can be viewed and reviewed at times convenient to you.
  • Each pre-recorded video will be followed by a live session, giving you time to reflect, digest and prepare your questions ahead of the next live session. 
  • Even more flexibility. Missed a live session? You can go over it yourself . Want to watch a case study again?  All live sessions will be recorded and made available for participants to view and review for a limited period of time following the course.   
  • Network more effectively with other participants, to share experiences and ideas without the worry of catching the train at the end of the day. 
  • Benefit with more one-to-one Q&A time with Dr Ruth Deutsch who will deliver the CAP online training.

The sessions will cover the following material:

  • The principles, key questions and concepts of dynamic assessment and how they apply to CAP.
  • The different models of cognitive processes and the seven functional domains of cognitive abilities.
  • The contents of the CAP toolkit and how to use this to develop informed and effective interventions.

Launching CAP online

Not only do we believe that a CAP online model of delivering our renowned CAP training programme will be of even greater benefit to participants, but also that CAP is a uniquely adaptable tool for socially-distant times.

The limits of standardisation in a non-standard world

Traditional forms of ability assessment face considerable issues in terms of reliability when not being able to be conducted face to face. When the assessor and the student cannot be in the same room, standardisation and the absence of a controlled environment are challenging.

CAP consultation does not require direct work with a student. Indeed, during the past few months Real Training has made available some of the CAP materials for special online use by practising psychologists and specialist teachers so that they can conduct effective consultations and collaborative discussions whilst social distancing. The feedback we have been getting has shown that the CAP is indeed a flexible working tool.

Thus CAP lends itself not only to social-distance use, but the CAP training course can be fully delivered without face to face learning. This is something of a specialty for Real Training. We have been delivering online courses successfully since 2004, so you can be confident your online learning experience will be seamless and fully-supported.

For a whole decade CAP has found a place as a unique, and powerful tool in the armoury of educators and psychologists, but in the current circumstances and the manifold uncertainties surrounding us, it has become even more important. For instance, whilst we know that schools in the UK and around the world are intending to return to a version of ‘normal’, this could change. And even with a return to face to face lessons, educators and students may wish to limit as far as possible proximity with non-school-based staff, including parents and carers who would be part of CAP consultations.  Professionals trained in CAP will be able to continue to support all students – including the most vulnerable – regardless of the situation, helping them to achieve their personal potential.

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.

Book your course today 

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.

CPT3A Course shortlisted for Teach Secondary CPD Award

We are delighted to announce that our Certificate in Psychometric Testing & Access Arrangements (CPT3A) course has been shortlisted for the 2020 Teach Secondary Awards in its CPD category! Last year, our MEd SEND Programme won the top 5-star award in the Teach Primary Awards in the same category, so we’re hoping to repeat the trick again this year.

It has been a challenging time for obvious reasons, but we at Real Training have managed to stay ahead of the curve, adapting the way we deliver the CPT3A course intensively through Campus Live, and also how we assess the delegates given they haven’t been able to be in the classroom. This shortlisting recognises these efforts, in addition to how we support a large number of educators, both in the UK and overseas in assessing for specific learning difficulties and making necessary access arrangements for examinations in their educational setting.

Our CPT3A course has allowed schools to take ‘in-house’ the services of assessment and access arrangements, freeing up the time of their educational psychologist, saving money, and expanding the professional capacity of the educational setting to allow the development of effective support for their most vulnerable students.

Fully conforming to the British Psychological Society and Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) standards and regulations for psychometric testing and access arrangements, our CPT3A course allows delegates to cover a wide variety of tasks within their setting, including choosing, administering and interpretation of psychometric tests, writing suitable and appropriate assessment reports for submission to examination boards where required and communicating their understanding of these reports to fellow professionals and across the school.

With the introduction of Campus Live, we have been able to continue the delivery of our intensive-style courses throughout the pandemic, enabling our delegates to complete the course quickly, in a face-to-face environment that would have been impossible otherwise.

For full details of these courses, as well as upcoming dates for the intensive events, visit our CPT3A course page.

We believe in supporting educators to improve the outcomes for ALL children, regardless of background, circumstance or challenge. If you believe in the same goal, get in touch with one of our course advisers on +44 (0)1273 35 80 80, email info@realgroup.co.uk or visit our website and we’ll be happy to help you and your educational institution achieve these goals.

FREE Access Arrangements Update Course (AAU) – August 2020

 
We are very happy to announce that our FREE Access Arrangements Update (AAU) course for 2020/21 has been confirmed, and will be released mid-late August 2020 (exact date TBC).

This course is slightly different from previous versions. It will contain two aspects; the first 30 minutes will involve the updates from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) for 2020/21. The second part will be a 2½ hour general refresher for Access Arrangements, perfectly timed for the return to school in September.

Review now for August 2020 

If you have already registered for previous years you will be able to access the new course via your Campus Online portal when it is released. 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.

Currently, over 1,700 delegates are currently registered, so book your place now in order to be completely up-to-date with the current guidelines for the coming academic year. Sign-up takes seconds.

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

More details will follow shortly. 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.

 

MEd SEND – Maximum flexibility to expand your expertise and specialist skills

Do you want to further your knowledge of SEND and expand your skillset? Real Training’s MEd SEND Programme can help you gain a postgraduate qualification through subject-specific SEND modules, delivered through Campus Online, allowing you to study in your own time, wherever you have access to the internet.

We understand that life often throws us unexpected challenges and that’s why flexibility is at the heart of all of the courses we offer. Our MEd SEND is no exception. Not only are you free to study at your own pace, but you can also tailor the course to fit your own specific needs. Our latest prospectus contains the full list of courses available, as well as information on how 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.

Put your existing masters credits towards our MEd SEND qualification

If you have already completed modules within the MEd SEND programme, such as our popular National Award for SEN Coordination and the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing with us, you will know that you already hold masters level credits that can be transferred easily into our MEd SEND programme. From here, you can contact one of our course advisors to check how many further emodules you would need to complete in order to attain your full Masters of Education qualification, taking your expertise and skills to another level.

If the credits were achieved with another provider, you may be able to transfer them into our SEND Programme.

Simply email us now to request a copy of our Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) forms.

Our next cohort begins on 15 September 2020. To register for this cohort, please visit our online booking form. Because it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend completing the form as soon as possible.

Here are what our delegates have said about our SEND Programme 

“I greatly enjoyed the course. I appreciate that the tasks and assignments that I have been asked to complete directly relate to my own school experiences and have a further application in supporting my school to develop next steps.  I feel Real Training is doing an excellent job.” – Richelle Pearce, Social, Emotional & Mental Health Difficulties 2020 delegate

“The resources were fantastic and gave me the opportunity to read about so much of the research done on Dyslexia and how to support children effectively.”– Charmalyn September, Dyslexia: Leadership and Intervention 2020 delegate

“My tutor was amazingly responsive. She answered my questions thoroughly and graded my assignments very quickly. I would (and have) highly recommend Real Training.”- Ruth Haske, Speech, Language & Communication Needs 2020 delegate

“I am so impressed! I’m a new student. I previously studied my PGCE through Moodle. This exceeds by far! So intuitive, well laid out, so many resources. I am just….amazed! Thank you.”Sadie Moseley, Cognition & Learning 2020 delegate

July 2020 Cohort for NASENCO Confirmed

July Cohort for NASENCoLast month, we announced that alongside the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), we were hoping to run a July cohort in 2020 for our National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO), subject to approval from Middlesex University.

We are delighted that we can now announce the July 2020 cohort for NASENCO has been officially approved, and will, therefore, go ahead, starting on 15 July.

We understand that this academic year has been like no other, and many educational professionals have found themselves with an unexpected opportunity to get ahead with their career development. In addition, with uncertainty still surrounding how face-to-face learning institutions will be operating come September, many are turning to Real Training to deliver their course online flexibly, and with the knowledge that this was how they were designed from the start.

Our regular September cohort is still available as normal, so if you feel this date would suit you better, you can book your place today by visiting our online booking form. Registration only takes a couple of minutes.

If you’re already booked on to our September cohort and have been thinking about moving to our July start date, but perhaps haven’t decided yet, there is still time. Please be advised that places for our 15 July cohort may be limited, so it is advisable to get in touch as soon as possible, we’d be happy to talk through which start date could work best for you. Give us a call on +44 (0)1273 358080 to discuss with a member of our enquiries team. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us here

Two new CCET Intensive Campus Live Events Announced

 CCET Intensive Campus Live Events

Alongside our online study option for the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) we are continuing to offer face-to-face events via our online classroom Campus Live for those who prefer a more intensive and interactive approach. We have recently added two new CCET Intensive Campus Live Events dates for the new academic year:

  • 23-25 September, Campus Live face-to-face event
  • 14-16 October, Campus Live face-to-face event

At present, all of our intensive courses are being hosted on Campus Live, our online classroom. If you prefer in-person, face-to-face learning, this format is perfect for you. This is a three-day course that will take you through the theoretical content, with only the practical work to be completed and uploaded via Campus Online.

What is Campus Live?

Campus Live is a browser-based solution that requires nothing to download, no software installation, and is optimised to deliver excellent video quality. It is as fully interactive, as if you were in the room with the facilitators, with the ability to ask questions, work in groups, and get access to all the course materials you need, live within the online classroom environment. There is also the ability to screen-share and collaborate with fellow delegates, interactive whiteboards, and a live chat feature, ensuring your experience is fully immersive.

How are the CCET Intensive Campus Live Events delivered?

To reassure, the course content is no different from our normal intensive courses and requires nothing different from you as a delegate. All you need is a computer or tablet with either Chrome, Firefox or Opera browsers installed, an internet connection, a webcam, microphone and speakers or headphones. Of course, if you do happen to encounter any technical difficulties, our IT support team will be on hand throughout the course to swiftly get you back on track.

Campus Live has been designed to accommodate all delegates through a variety of different work environments, ensuring you will always feel supported. Equally the course has been designed with you in mind too, allowing for plenty of comfort breaks to ensure the smooth running of the course for the ultimate learning experience.

Our Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) qualification

Our Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) is an open-access course, 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 study.

CCET allows schools to bring expertise in psychometric testing to assess children and determine their strengths and specific learning needs ‘in-school’, and in turn allows schools to work more effectively with their educational psychologist and make better use of their time.

With our CCET qualification, among other things, you will be able to identify, administer and analyse tests within an educational environment, understand how to write and interpret reports, understand the legislative and policy framework, as well as being able to identify and overcome barriers to learning.Other benefits to the school include:

  • Access to a wealth of practical resources, academic research and interactive materials
  •  Access to discounted educational tests and other resources
  • Development of effective support for the most vulnerable children in your school
  • Apply for the BPS Test User Educational qualification after successful completion of the CCET course to join the British Psychological Society’s Register of Qualifications in Test Use (BPS RQTU) – a publicly searchable database of competence that will bolster your professional reputation.

If it would be useful to be qualified to carry out access arrangements in your setting, you could enrol on the Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A). This course combines CCET and the Access Arrangements Course (AAC) to give you the opportunity to become your educational setting’s qualified exam access arrangements assessor. You need to meet certain criteria to be eligible for the CPT3A course, and you can check our website or contact us to find out more.

If you are interested in booking on one of these dates, 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.

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