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“Real Training has provided me with the confidence and expertise in order to more fully support the students and the school in fulfilling my role as a Specialist Assessor and as a SENCo.”

Sarah Neild-Le Conte in Egypt, CPT3A delegate 2016 (bespoke CCET + AAC online)


“I would highly recommend the course. I particularly like the flexibility of scheduling my time. I have colleagues doing Masters assignments on very rigid timetables and I can see they are struggling and having to get frequent extensions.”

Kate Grieff in the Cayman Islands, Social Emotional and Mental Health module delegate 2017

Join one of our courses and you’ll become part of a global and diverse community. In each course cohort there are working SENCOs, teachers and other education professionals from a wide range of UK schools and colleges as well as those working at international schools all over the world. You’ll be able to share best practice and ask for advice from this community by making use of the discussion forums in Campus Online, our online learning environment.

Most importantly, our courses are designed to meet your needs no matter where in the world you are based so if you are working in an international school you will be able to complete any of our courses and qualifications, working closely with one of our highly qualified and experienced tutors.

Over the years, Real Training has delivered courses to thousands of education professionals all over the world. Whether you work best online at your own pace or via a face-to-face intensive course, we have a solution for you.

Which courses are available to complete outside the UK?

Of the 30 industry-leading, level 7 courses which Real Training runs for education professionals, all but one can be delivered fully online. This is why our flexible learning model is perfect for learners in the UK or anywhere in the world. All you need is internet access and the desire to grow your skills and confidence in supporting your students. The course content is the same no matter where in the world you are based and you can rest assured that our highly qualified and experienced tutors will work closely with you to ensure that you get the most out of the course.

Please check the individual course pages for information regarding eligibility. To complete one of our level 7 courses, you will need to hold an undergraduate degree. If your degree was accredited in a country outside of the UK, we may ask you to run your qualification through NARIC prior to booking, in order to confirm whether your qualifications are at an equivalent level to the requirements for the course. Please refer to the NARIC guidance document prior to booking.

Study with one of our international partners

If you prefer a blended approach with an element of face-to-face learning but are unable to easily travel back to the UK, we are currently working in partnership with a growing number of international schools to offer a face-to-face qualifications.

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If there is a course that you are interested in that is not listed above or you would like to put your school forward to become an international partner with Real Training, please email us for more information.

Training at your own school

If you have a large number of colleagues who are interested in training on a particular topic, please get in touch to discuss options or take a look at our bespoke training page for further information.

Are you an international SENCO?

It is widely acknowledged that the National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) has made a huge positive impact on the standards of leadership in SEN education in the UK. The National Award has helped improve outcomes for thousands of students with SEN and given a true leadership role and voice to the SENCO.

However, to complete the UK NASENCO qualification you need to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. Many SENCOs working abroad may not hold this and therefore are unable to complete the course, even though they would like to.

That’s why we have developed a unique qualification suitable for education professionals all over the world, regardless of their UK QTS status. This new qualification combines relevant parts of the UK NASENCO qualification with key knowledge and practical skills required for SEND management and leadership in an overseas context. For example, it will look at best practice for international SENCOs and focus on the particular issues around inclusion associated with an international context, such as cultural barriers and access to external agencies.

To find out more, please visit our dedicated page for the International Award for SEN Coordination (iSENCO) course.

If you complete the iSENCO course, but wish to work as a SENCO in a UK mainstream school in the future, you are now able to take our top-up course that fills in the UK-specific content that allows you to become a SENCO in the UK.  Please contact us for more information.

“I thought this course would be a real struggle to do from Dubai but it has been so accessible. I have learnt so much and feel like I have laid a solid foundation for what I hope to be a long career in SEND. Thank you Real Training.”

Rachael Ward-Kinloch in Dubai, NASENCO delegate 2016

Payment options and VAT for international students

At Real Training we not only like to offer flexible study options but we also believe it is important to provide flexibility when it comes to paying for the courses.

With our SEND programme qualifications, there are 3 payment options available if you are paying from a UK bank. You can make a one-off payment for the total cost of the course or you can pay in 3 or 10 instalments. It is therefore worth noting that when paying from an international bank account you can only pay as a one-off payment (by card, by BACS or by cheque) or in 3 instalments (by standing order). Unfortunately, paying in 10 instalments is not possible as this is set up as a direct debit and this payment method is not usually possible from international bank accounts.

We are often asked whether VAT still applies for international students. The answer is yes and this is because our courses are considered to be education services for VAT purposes. From January 2011, education services fall under the general rule for Business to Business supplies and are therefore zero-rated. However, Business to Consumer supplies are subject to VAT (currently 20%) at the location where they are carried out (the place of supply) which for our courses is deemed to be in the UK, irrespective of the location of the consumer (student).

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