Realising Equality and Achievement for Learners

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The REAL Project was launched in spring 2006. It is the first national project to systematically consider how to improve the quality of gifted and talented education for pupils from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds and to respond to the particular and urgent needs of gifted and talented learners with English as an additional language (EAL).

REAL works from the positive premise that all learners should have the opportunity to be identified as gifted and talented. The project has developed approaches which enable schools and LAs to transform the way they address issues surrounding BME and EAL achievement, particularly for learners from disadvantaged backgrounds.

REAL provides tools that enable schools to assess any new arrival as potentially gifted and talented, or strategies and resources to develop capacity to personalise provision for gifted and talented BME learners and advanced learners with EAL. We have also produced materials to enable schools to analyse their G&T populations and to develop a curriculum which meets the diverse needs of all learners, including those from minority ethnic backgrounds.

REAL resources are free to access and are designed to be customised to suit local needs. The REAL Toolkit can be accessed by registering for this site.

In 2010-11, London Gifted & Talented undertook a project funded by the Astra Zeneca Science Teaching Trust, Teaching Language Through Thinking in Science.  The materials for this project can be accessed by all visitors to this site by following the link to the left.

To find out more about our work, email or log in to access the REAL Toolkit.