Evidence consistently shows the importance of parents as children's first educators, and of practitioners supporting parents in this role.
Engaging parents in their children's early literacy development has been shown to improve children's outcomes and is a valuable intervention for narrowing the gap between disadvantaged and other children.
Making it REAL training enables practitioners to use REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy ) and hands over the REAL approach to parents and families, building confidence and knowledge to support the early home learning environment. The training includes information about using REAL to support work with two-year-olds.
Cost: £2,500 for 20 participants
This two-day further explores the Making it REAL approach and ORIM framework and offers support for planning a project using the approach, including information on evaluating impact.
Cost: £3,900 for 20 participants
Tailored training and consultancy package
We offer a number of opportunities to support literacy development in the early years. Packages can include initial planning and support for engagement, training in the Making it REAL approach for those who will support practitioners across an authority, and follow-up to identify successes and challenges.
Cost: packages tailored to individual needs from £3,250 for one day's training plus pre- and post-training consultation.
'The trainer was an amazing facilitator, they covered all the things we identified and really delivered bespoke training. The trainer … adapted her practice very fast according to feedback and to our specific need. I can`t recommend REAL enough and the trainer`s facilitation of this training. I feel it will really change our planning, practice and delivery and consequently raise our children’s level of development in literacy. Thank you.'
To discuss these training offers or to book
Please contact [email protected] or call 075 08 741 253.
Please note that the costs stated here cover the costs of trainers and materials. We ask that the host organisation provides a training venue and catering for the day. You will also need to contact the required number of participants, ensure they are informed of the venue, date and time of training, and that each participant receives the supplied pre-course materials four weeks before the training date.
Making it REAL training is based on research by Professors Cathy Nutbrown and Peter Hannon at the University of Sheffield and the original Raising Achievement in Early Literacy project in Sheffield.
Making it REAL incorporates the principles and approaches from our PEAL training [LINK TO PEAL TRIANING}.
Find out more about REAL in Nutbrown, C, Hannon, P and Morgan, A (2005) Early Literacy Work with Families, Sage Publications.
Watch a REAL Home Visit here.
Buy and download REAL resources here.