What is a virtual school?

 

More and more parents are choosing to educate their children at home. They do so for many reasons, ranging from personal conviction and belief, to finding that their children do not thrive in today's schools.

 

Virtual schools provide support to parents by providing access to the support, supervision and insight of qualified tutors and personnel. They provide a flexible and affordable means of education.

What does it involve?

The support a virtual school can provide depends on the needs and wishes of parents and pupil. Home-educated children have much more freedom to develop their interests and talents, but most prefer to follow much of the National Curriculum and to prepare for the normal examinations (e.g. GCSE) at the usual age.

Virtual schools thus prepare candidates for the assessments in maths, English and science, as well as other subjects (as desired). This is done through regular contact (usually face-to-face) with a qualified tutor and the completion of agreed work.

 

The virtual school also provides oversight and support, helping pupils make the most of these precious years.

 

Why a virtual school?

 

Up to the age of 16, parents must ensure their children receive a full-time education that is "efficient" and adapted to the abilities and age of the child. This is normally through attendance at school, but enrolment in a virtual school helps ensure that this requirement is fulfilled.