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Learners and staff got their creative juices flowing even more than usual throughout October, by drawing pictures and displays to help celebrate Black History Month. 

Black History Month was first launched in the 1980s as a period for people to educate themselves on British history and challenge racism.

Learners studying Sports and Public Services at Pleasley Landmark drew posters and wrote information about their chosen famous icon. 

Tutor Sharnnie Wagstaffe said: “Learners had the choice to either design a poster or draw their famous icon, whether that was in sports, or music or actor and actress etc. We then had a discussion about why they chose that person.”

Displays from other R.E.A.L sites included the fantastic ‘Black Spies Matter’ board, made by learner Kai, which included pictures of black actors in spy films.

It’s always nice to get good feedback and R.E.A.L. Directors have been sharing the good news from their recent site visits.

Rich Smith, Co-founder and Joint Managing Director of R.E.A.L. said: “Teamwork makes the dream work” after his visit to Sandhills. 

“It was nice to attend the Sandhills staff meeting this week and see some of the great work happening from the site,” he added.

Kelsey Hill, Director of People & Business Operations said: “What an incredible staffing team we have! Our learners are so lucky to work with such innovative and resilient people who go the extra mile everyday. I am so proud to be part of this team.”

Adrian O’Malley, Director of Education for R.E.A.L. has been to several sites: “It was great to get out and visit Blidworth, Music, Concorde, Ilkeston and Pewit sites. There was some really good stuff happening at all venues and it was pleasing to see all of our learners engaging well with staff.”

Adrian also visited Hinckley and Nanpantan when learners had returned from half term. Adrian said: “There was some great cooking happening across both sites, with pumpkin soup, curry and Halloween biscuits on the menu.

There were also other purposeful learning sessions taking place, including work on a balanced diet and targeted careers discussions.”

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