On 11th November, the learners and staff across R.E.A.L. observed the national two minutes silence for Remembrance Day.

In honour of the day, artwork and window displays had been respectfully created by learners to remember those who lost their lives in wars around the world.

Learners at RIS Blidworth joined the Royal British Legion’s and National Literacy Trust’s live assembly, which brought together learners from across the whole of the UK.

RIS Ilkeston had war veteran Anthony Flanagan, speaking to learners about Remembrance Day and what it means to him.

Claire Bishop, Deputy Head of RIS Ilkeston said: “It was an honour to listen to Anthony speak about his time in the army. Anthony is a parent of one of our learners, so with him being a big supporter of R.E.A.L, we asked if he would mind coming and sharing his insight.”

Anthony served in the Falklands and Afghanistan, and his father and great uncles had served in the army too.

Claire said: “It was a pleasure to have him onsite sharing his passion for Remembrance Day. He brought in artefacts from World War 1, which was very moving for learners and staff to learn about.”