The Real Game Series
Real Game History


"What if we could give young people a practice run at being an adult while they’re still in school - something that feels like the real world they’ll soon be part of?"  Bill Barry

The Real Game was originally developed in 1994 by Bill Barry, a Canadian teacher whose 12-year-old daughter felt the subjects she was studying at school were not relevant to her future life. This inspired Bill to create a career and life skills education programme that would help students see the connection between school studies and adult life beyond school.

Over time, The Real Game became a series of six programs for students aged 8 to 18 years and adults across Canada. Individual programs have been successfully adapted in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary, Germany, and Ireland, and are now used in over 50,000 classrooms globally. The programs all include role-playing scenarios, and are designed for group work in the classroom. They have been very well received by teachers and students, who find them easy-to-use, engaging, informative and effective at increasing students' understanding of the world of work, and their future roles in it.