real world education

What we do

Simply put, we support education and business to raise standards, drive innovation and improve lives. These are our flagship services, but we're able to help with pretty much any aspect of education and training, and if we can't, we'll find you someone who can.
China school exchange

We offer unique China-UK school exchange programmes, recruitment of teachers and sports coaches as well as strategic and on-the-ground consultancy. We will soon be launching a new partnership between Real World Education and VEC (Verbaledu Education China) to place interns in Chinese schools, ready to help support.

Support for businesses working with China

“We got so far down the line and thought we had cracked….then it all fell apart!”. A familiar story for small to medium sized enterprise. We help people get on track, back on track or just get started, with a focus on culture and communications – what is really meant by “X” when they’re really actually saying “Y”; and what you need to know about culture and technology to forge lasting, secure partnerships with Chinese people.

Teach in china

A fantastic opportunity to travel, supercharge your CV and most importantly, make a difference to young people’s lives. We link you with a Chinese agency who specialise in placing interns in China. They have a specific focus on English oral language skills which fits together very nicely with our SpeechCraft training programmes we’re developing in collaboration with Chinese English teachers in Shanghai.

China focused lectures and workshops

Our founder and Director, Rob Walden has more than 15 years experience in working with China as a teacher, a British Council Ambassador and a businessman – from school-to-school exchange, teaching, leadership, training, business, marketing, recruitment and use of technology. A former Assistant Headteacher, Rob can deliver anything from a simple, one-off assembly (free of charge) to full lectures and workshops at university level.

LinkedIn for Students

400 members in 200 countries, 40 million students or recent graduates and a signup rate of 2 per second – LinkedIn is the fastest developing online business network in the world. Can you afford not to understand it? And, can you afford not to be on it? With more and more employers and education institutions scanning LinkedIn profiles of prospective candidates, it’s really become more of a ‘must’ than a ‘may do’.

Marketing for education organisations

Marketing your educational offer is no longer an option, and it’s a badly misunderstood area. Marketing is MORE than just a rolling cycle of websites, press releases and leaflets. REAL marketing is borne of deep insight, and emotionally connects your provision with the people who need it. We help you understand it, plan it and make it happen.

International Festival of Learning

The International Festival of Learning is more than just a one-off festival…it’s a movement of interconnected educators and businesses, aligned with the same mission. Founded in 2016 with a successful pilot involving more than 1200 delegates, the festival has grown in size and status – and now commands one of the top spots in the UK education calendar.

As the name suggests, we deal with the reality, not just the theory - taking an innovative, customer-facing approach, we listen to what you need, get excited about it and adapt our programmes to ensure you cover your objectives. Over 20 years of practical, on-the-job UK and international experience means that we cut straight to the important stuff - we don't flounder in the theoretical world or try to 'sell you a dream'.

Events management - Events web pages - UK/China Exchange - Spoken English language for non-native speakers - Strategic marketing - Digital planning - Innovation workshops - PE teaching and learning review - Coach education - Supply teaching - Rugby coaching - Yoga coaching - Pastoral mentoring - Innovation workshops - Student council strategy - Website development - Video editing - Leadership coaching - Influencing skills - LinkedIn training - Contemporary music band support - Mock interview - CV and Profile review - Writing skills for social media - Digital tools training - Facebook - Twitter - YouTube - Hootsuite – Microsoft 365 for Business cloud – Keynote speaking

Get in touch

Sometimes it's nice just to have a chat. Drop us a line and we'll get back to you. No uncomfortable pressure and no obligation; just a straightforward chat about your needs and a bit of free advice if you want it. If you're interested, you'll come back, if you're not, you wont - it's simple as that.

Why we do what we do...

Well, let's be honest here, we’re inherently selfish! We believe that simple Job satisfaction is not such a dated concept. Yes, we're in business, so yes, we have to find ways to earn a crust, but we thrive on making a difference to people's lives, from being unique, and knowing that our business matters to the world.
"business enables the world, education powers business"

We believe that education powers the world. It is the one human-focused asset that everyone wants. Everyone is connected through education - children, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, friends or colleagues. So, here's how we think - great education enables great decisions - great decisions breeds success - success breeds self-esteem, happiness and sustainability, and when that feeds into business then the process starts again. Outstanding achievements by our staff in the UK, Iraq, Rwanda and China has given us an edge - an eclectic view of the world and a global outlook - sustainability, interconnectedness, altruistic values and a sharp focus on strategy and delivery of the best possible outcomes means that we can provide a truly unique service.

  • Years experience in business

    e-commerce, marketing, social media, publishing, consultancy, journalism

  • Years experience in education

    Teaching, teacher training, resource development,

  • years international development

    In Iraq, China and Rwanda - government level strategic and 'chalkface delivery'