Realise Ofsted report highlights early years progress

Realise, a provider of early years apprenticeships in the UK, has been awarded a Grade Two Ofsted report rating

Following an inspection carried out in early July, Realise received a ‘good’ accreditation in every area measured, including the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, leadership and management and personal development.

Realise, which was only established in October 2020, offers a broad range of training programmes across apprenticeships and adult education.

The training provider, which has its headquarters in Sheffield and offers nationwide provision, delivers apprenticeships to 4,190 learners across all sectors.

In early years alone, that figure currently stands at 1,670 from more than 1,000 employers.

The Ofsted Report said: “Leaders develop their curriculum carefully to ensure that it is ambitious and career-focused, targeting areas of local and national skills shortages such as early years.

“They design their curriculum with integrity with a focus on social mobility.

“Trainers plan the curriculum logically to enable learners and apprentices to build their knowledge, skills and behaviours steadily during their programmes.

“For example, on the level 1 preparing to work in schools course, learners gain an understanding of the different roles and responsibilities within a school setting quickly and then build their knowledge about child development, safeguarding, equality and inclusion.

“Learners and apprentices benefit from welcoming and respectful environments where they feel valued as individuals and which are conducive to learning.

“They develop positive professional relationships with their trainers who support and motivate them to strive highly and achieve.

“Learners and apprentices successfully develop professional skills and behaviour during their programmes and become more confident and resilient as a result of their training.”

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Karen Derbyshire, operations director for early years at Realise, said: “As a whole Realise team, we are hugely proud of achieving this brilliant Ofsted Report.

“We have more than 440 colleagues fully committed to delivering the best possible training provision to our apprentices, learners, employers and local authorities and the results of the Ofsted inspection is testament to the efforts everyone puts in, each and every day.

“In terms of our early years offering, we have enjoyed an exceptional period of growth over the last 12 months and we are fully committed to delivering an incredibly high standard of training and innovative programmes to benefit both the learner and the early years setting.”

The Ofsted Report also praised Realise’s approach to constantly seeking to evolve its training programmes and strategy for its own staff.

The report added: “Leaders have successfully established a positive culture in which staff feel valued, involved and proud to be part of the organisation.

“Leaders support their employees’ wellbeing by ensuring that trainers have manageable workloads, encouraging flexible working and providing staff with many routes of support for their employment and their personal lives.

“They use a range of methods, including scrutiny by external experts, drop-ins to observe teaching and gathering frequent feedback from learners and apprentices.

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