We focus on the needs of children with significant and complex additional needs. These children may be “lost to learning”, at significant risk of exclusion, or be out of school with a placement hard to establish.  This may include, but is not limited to, children and young people who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and children and young people who are undergoing assessment for an EHCP. 

In addition, the child may have a range of associated difficulties such as:

  • Autism (rather than ASD or Asperger Syndrome)
  • Social, Emotional or Mental Health difficulties
  • Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties

It is the R.E.A.L. Independent Schools’ aim to enable young people to be educated within their community.  This includes engagement with partner services, to provide a coherent approach to meeting their needs. The focus is on re-integration into school to enable these children and young people in to re-engage with all aspects of life in their community.

R.E.A.L. Independent Schools are a creative development of strategically placed school venues, and learning hubs linked to a range of other small community venues. These provide opportunities for supporting a dynamic approach to re-engagement through a curriculum model that focuses on re-establishing social opportunities for children, young people and their families/carers.

Our admissions criteria and procedures are designed to ensure that we do not discriminate on grounds of ability, gender, ethnicity, race or religion. A copy of our policy is located in the policies section of our website.

How to make a referral

Our friendly Referrals and Commissioning team support you through the referral process. This process is designed to make sure that we can match a student’s needs to the learning and nurturing opportunities at R.E.A.L. Education.

If you would like to make a referral to our services at R.E.A.L, then please don’t hesitate to contact us via referrals@real-education.org.

The referral process

  1. You’ll be contacted by our Head of Referrals and Commissioning after we receive your initial referral enquiry.
  2. We will ask you to provide some additional information, so we can understand the needs of the learner and their situation better.
  3. Once the Referrals and Commissioning team have received your information, we will carefully consider your request and respond within a timely manner.