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Award-winning SEND leadership training for international schools

Last month, Real Training was awarded SEN Resource Supplier of the Year at the GESS Global Awards ceremony in Dubai. In addition to this, our SEND Programme was highly commended in the Special Education Resource category at the Education Resources Awards (ERA) last week. We are so excited to have been acknowledged in these established industry awards as it gives us great confidence that our courses and qualifications are valued by acclaimed leaders and experts in the education sector as well as our own customers.

Of course, one of our latest additions to our established SEND Programme is our International Award in SEN Coordination (iSENCO). This is a unique qualification designed and developed with – and exclusively for – educational professionals working in an international setting.

Course content

The iSENCO qualification aims to develop the delegate’s skills in leading the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision at an international setting. This includes looking at current challenges facing international schools when looking to develop a fully-inclusive setting. Delegates will gain a deeper understanding of how the wider cultural, political, historical and community contexts influence the school’s SEND provision. Through Real Training’s practice-led learning model, delegates will be reviewing current SEND and inclusion policies and implementing strategies to make a difference in their setting throughout their learning journey. Take a look at our iSENCO page for more information on course content.

Suitability for the qualification

iSENCO is an ideal qualification for the school’s SENCO, the Inclusion Manager or maybe a current teacher who is an aspiring leader in SEND. Although they need to have completed an undergraduate degree, they do not need to hold the UK Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), unless they wish to complete an additional module to gain the UK’s mandatory qualification for mainstream school SENCOs – the NASENCO qualification.

Book now for the May cohort

If you are ready to book yourself, or a colleague, onto the iSENCO course please complete our simple booking form today and we will be in touch straight away to progress your booking, ready for the May 2019 cohort. This is a great month to start, as the delegate will have time to complete much of the reading and assignment preparation over the summer holidays and therefore be ready to implement positive changes in their setting in the new academic year.

Bring access arrangements services in-house with Real Training’s CPT3A qualification

Are you looking to become a qualified Access Arrangements Assessor ready for the next academic year? With our intensive CPT3A qualification, you still have time.

Our Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A) comprises the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) and the Access Arrangements Course (AAC) to meet the Joint Council for Qualification’s (JCQ’s) requirements for qualified assessors, as long as you also hold a qualification to teach.

How can you benefit from the CPT3A qualification?

There are many benefits to the CPT3A qualification – not only for the educator completing the course but also for the educational setting and the children who attend it. Upon completion of CPT3A, you will be able to:

Dates and venues

If you’re looking to be qualified to apply for access arrangements in October, we recommend our CPT3A intensive route – one of the 3-day intensive CCET courses in May, followed by the 1-day intensive AAC in June or September – this should allow you to be qualified in time.



If these dates or venues are not suitable, please take a look at our dedicated CPT3A page online for details of all available intensive courses. Alternatively, CCET and AAC can be completed as online modules, to be started as soon as you are ready.

If you wish to discuss the CCET or CPT3A study options in more detail, please contact us. 

Join us in May for the Cognitive Abilities Profile training

Join us in London on 15-16 May to learn about an alternative and unique way to effectively assess your student’s progress.

Our Cognitive Abilities Profile training is designed to train education professionals in how CAP can be used to structure an in-depth individualised assessment for students from early years into adulthood. During the 2-day course, you will cover a range of topics including:


  • 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.

We advise you to purchase a CAP toolkit in advance of the event. This can be purchased on the Dyslexia Action Shop website.

The course is open to anyone who works in the learning and development of children, adolescents and adults, and is particularly relevant for psychologists, therapists, teachers and SENCOs. Book now to attend our 2019 course on 15-16 May at the Novotel London City South hotel. 

To find out more about the Cognitive Abilities Profile training, please visit our dedicated CAP course page online. Alternatively, you can ask our course advisors any unanswered questions by contacting us.

Save time and money with our CCET training

We have been told that staff training often gets overlooked as this is something that can be seen as an avoidable expense. But what if staff training actually saves you money, meaning that you have extra budget to spend on other important areas?

CCET Training – what is it?

Every school needs to undertake student assessments during the year – tests to assess for progress as well as for special needs. Many schools invest in Educational Psychologists (EP) or Specialist Teachers to carry out these tests on the school’s behalf. However, did you know that our Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) qualification trains educators on how to carry out these services in-house? This can, therefore, lead to reductions in spending on outsourced services or perhaps simply means you are able to afford more meaningful services from your EP or Specialist Teacher, rather than just the standard assessments.

Who and how?

The CCET training is an open-access course so we welcome applications from any of your staff members. However, it is worth noting that the qualifications they hold in addition to CCET will determine which tests they will be able to purchase from the test providers. Please contact us on 01273 358080 for further advice on this.

Our qualification can be completed flexibly online with full tutor support. Alternatively, we offer several 3-day intensive courses for those wishing to fast-track their learning. There are still a few places remaining for our upcoming courses in London and Birmingham this month:

If you are interested in either of these courses, you can book now via our simple online booking form. For further information regarding the course content, please visit our dedicated CCET page online. You can also visit our Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A) page if you are interested in your colleague also becoming a qualified Access Arrangements Assessor.

Since we launched CCET in 2006, we have trained over 2500 teachers, SENCOs and other professionals and they are now carrying out educational testing for their schools in the UK and all over the world. If you are interested in investing in in-house expertise in this area and have unanswered questions, please contact us.

Real Training – Globally recognised leaders in SEN Training

We wanted to write this article to let you know some wonderful news we’ve received from Dubai last night.

As a company long committed to developing SEN expertise across the globe, it was with great pride that, at last night’s GESS Education Awards ceremony in Dubai, we were chosen as the global SEN Resource Supplier of the Year.  

Our view of inclusion has always been that, just as there should be no barriers in education when it comes to special educational needs or disabilities, for us to do all we can to improve outcomes for all we needed to support the global education sector. Thanks to our practice-led learning model and next-generation online platform, allied to hugely experienced tutors, we now have course participants in 70 countries.

Award-winning SEN training for education professionals worldwide

As part of our support for British International Schools, we have two face to face events coming up soon for our renowned CCET course. CCET (Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing) is the gold standard in teacher training for testing in attainment and ability. Additionally, those taking the full CPT3A course are authorised by the JCQ to carry out access arrangements – and can join our MEd SEND programme as if they have 30 credits.

In the coming months, we will be delivering two 3-day CCET intensive courses in Dubai and Qatar:

Spaces on both courses are limited so if you are interested, please submit your registration soon. Registering takes two minutes, and no payment is taken at this stage.

Free Access Arrangements Update with Real Training – confirmed for 2019/20

We’ve had very positive feedback last year from this inaugural Access Arrangements Update course which attracted nearly 1,000 participants. Based on that, we are very pleased to confirm that we will be running another Access Arrangements Update at the start of the next academic year – and once again it will be completely free of charge.

One of the areas of feedback we’re looking at is the sign-up process, so in the run-up to the next course, we are working on a more user-friendly registration mechanism for participants. As soon as registrations are open, we will make an announcement.

Last year, the course comprised:
  • 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 

For more details, have a look here

Real Training’s acclaimed CCET course is coming to Qatar

We are excited to announce that we come to Qatar this May to deliver one of our face-to-face intensive courses – our established Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) qualification. Fancy joining us?

What is CCET?

Our highly-regarded CCET course is a fantastic qualification, suitable for both primary and secondary schools. It provides you with an understanding of the underlying principles of all psychometric tests and how to apply this knowledge in your setting – you’ll be able to identify the correct test, use it effectively and interpret the results. This includes testing for academic progress as well as some special needs. By investing in in-house educational testing expertise, your setting will reduce the need to bring in external providers and will run more effectively as a fully inclusive school. Take a look at our dedicated CCET page online for more information.

Who is delivering the course?

The CCET course in Qatar will be held on 19-21 May at the Qatar International School in Doha. It will be facilitated by our co-founder and Managing Director Dr Mark Turner. Mark is an experienced educational psychologist who recently became the Life President of Nurtureuk – a charity that promotes access to education for all children. He will be on-hand throughout the 3-day intensive course to facilitate your learning and answer any questions you may have.

Access Arrangements

If you are also looking to become qualified as an access arrangements assessor this academic year, the CCET course can contribute towards completion of our Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A). After CCET, the Access Arrangements Course (AAC) can be easily completed online, building on the knowledge you have acquired from CCET and focusing on the exam access arrangements process so that you can complete the necessary documentation in your setting with confidence. Book the CPT3A classic route option online to make a saving.  

Don’t miss out

There are limited places available on our CCET course in Qatar. To guarantee your place, enrol now by completing our online booking form – it only takes a few minutes and you do not need to pay anything straight away. If you are unable to make the course in Qatar, don’t worry – CCET can also be completed as a fully-online qualification, available to start whenever you are ready.

Fast-track your journey to become a fully-qualified access arrangements assessor

Are you looking to become qualified as an access arrangements assessor this academic year? If so, our Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A) will provide you will all the skills and knowledge required to successfully carry out this role and meet the JCQ requirements.

What’s covered?

Our highly-regarded CPT3A qualification comprises two modules. The first is the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) which will provide you with an understanding of the underlying principles of all psychometric tests and how to apply this knowledge in your setting – you’ll be able to identify the correct test, use it effectively and interpret the results. The Access Arrangements Course (AAC) will then build on this knowledge and focus on the exam access arrangements process so that you can complete the necessary access arrangements documentation in your setting with confidence.

Study options

If you wish to learn at your own pace, you can complete the CPT3A fully online, supported by an experienced and qualified tutor. Alternatively, to fast-track your learning, you can attend one of our 3-day intensive CCET courses followed by the AAC module online or via a 1-day intensive session. The dates of the intensive course are below – we have two CCET intensive courses next month, one in London on 13-15 March and the other in Birmingham on 20-22 March. 


London: Novotel London City. 13-15 March | 22-24 May | 3-5 July

Birmingham: IBIS Birmingham New Street. 20-22 March

Bristol: Aztec Hotel. 8-10 May

Leeds: Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa. 24-26 July


London: Novotel London South. 24 May | 28 June

Learn more and book your place today


To complete the full CPT3A, you will need to hold ‘an appropriate qualification to teach’ in order to meet the criteria set by the JCQ for all access arrangement assessors. Once you have completed the qualification with us, not only will you be a qualified access arrangements assessor but you will also gain 30 credits at level 7 which you can bring into our SEND Programme to achieve a postgraduate qualification.

Join us in Dubai for our next intensive course in educational testing

Following the success of two intensive Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) courses held in Dubai last year, we have already planned another face-to-face course to take place this April. Attend our CCET Dubai course on 16-18 April at GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis to take the next step in ensuring that inclusion is at the heart of your school so that you can effectively support all your students, no matter what their abilities.

What’s it all about?

CCET is an open access course, meaning that no prior qualifications are requirements before starting the course. However, it is particularly suited to SENCOs, Inclusion Managers and other support roles as it’s designed to help you understand everything you need to know about psychometric tests, including how to use them and how to interpret the results effectively. After this course, you will be able to evaluate your students’ progress as well as assess for some special educational needs. It’s a great way to start your journey towards enhanced and inclusive support for all the students in your setting, without the need to rely on external professionals. You can find out more about what is included in the course on our dedicated CCET web page.

Attending our CCET course in Dubai is also a great opportunity to share best practice for inclusion with your colleagues in the region as well as discuss specific challenges with our experienced Educational Psychologists who will be delivering the training.  

Local opinion

Melissa Skiles, Head of Inclusion at the Dubai British School Jumeriah Park attended our CCET course in Dubai last year and found the course very beneficial:

“The course has exceeded my expectations – both in person and the online modules. Throughout the duration of the course, the instructors have consistently proven themselves as consummate professionals but warm in their approach. They have also consistently demonstrated expertise and extensive knowledge of the content and its importance in the realm of education. They organised varied content with real-world application and taught us the intricacies of such ethical work and practices and how to maintain those high standards. I would enthusiastically recommend and participate in any course offerings hosted by Real Group in the future.”  

Other relevant courses

If our face-to-face CCET course in Dubai does not suit you this time, please be aware that all our courses, including CCET, are available to complete online from anywhere in the world – as long as you have a good internet connection. As well as courses in professional assessments, such as CCET, we offer masters-level qualifications in inclusive leadership and in supporting students with special educational needs and disabilities. We even have an exclusive Postgraduate Certificate dedicated to SENCOs working in an international setting – our International Award in SEN Coordination.

To book, please complete our simple booking form online. Or for more information, please contact us.

Confirmed NPQ funding for our March cohort – secure your place by 13 February

Following our article last month informing you of the new March cohort for our three National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), we wanted to write a new article to let you know that the Department for Education (DfE) has now confirmed that funding is definitely available for March for schools based in the category 5 and 6 areas. If you would like to know if your school is based in an opportunity area, you can check this link or you can contact us.  


Book by 13 February to secure a funded NPQ place

To guarantee your fully-funded place for our March cohort, we ask for you to complete the following three steps by the end of Wednesday 13 February:

  1. Complete our simple booking form online.
  2. Complete the online registration forms, which you will receive access to after you have made your booking with us.
  3.  Your headteacher needs to confirm support of your application via email – you simply need to provide their contact details in your registration forms.

With limited places available on our programmes and further funding not guaranteed beyond March, we recommend that you make your booking as soon as possible to start this process – we don’t want you to miss out!

As a reminder, these are our three online NPQs approved by the DfE:

  • 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.

All programmes offer a flexible and practice-led learning model to help you achieve your leadership goals and make a difference in your setting from the outset. If you have any questions regarding the DfE funding or the NPQ programmes in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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