Nisai Virtual Academy
We believe everyone has the right to education, so we take a high-quality school environment and deliver it via the internet. Nisai is the only online provider in the UK to have a full Ofsted inspection, achieving a grading of ‘Good’. We provide live online classes taught by qualified subject-specific teachers across the country for students studying Key Stage 3, 4 or 5. Our goal is to ensure that every student can complete their education and gain accredited academic and vocational qualifications such as Functional Skills, GCSEs and A Levels.
How we support your child's learning
Nisai utilises specially designed software that enables teachers, parents and other designated individuals to monitor a student’s progress. At the start of a student learning with Nisai they are tested to discover what their abilities are and then placed into classes, based on abilities rather than age, with no more than 10 other students online. As a curriculum based provider, Nisai’s classes are based on implementing GCSE’s and A Levels, or one of the numerous other services which we provide. During each lesson the student’s behaviour and co-operation is rated by the teacher and if the student is more than 10 minutes late, all designated individuals are notified, and the student, along with input from teachers and designated individuals, place their own targets, allowing a personalised education.
Accessibility of our service
Due to the nature of our service, any students with a computer, headset and internet connection can access Nisai and complete their education. Our platform has also been specially designed in conjunction with charities such as Dyslexia Action and Research Autism, to ensure that the content, interface and set-up supports and encourages students to engage with the classes.
How we identify SEN
Every child who studies with Nisai completes an induction, during which we assess their abilities and skills before placing them in classes that suit their abilities rather than their age, often we also know beforehand if a child has specific requirements and will adapt their schedule accordingly. If the student, parent or school they’re on roll with have any questions or issues, they can talk to the students Personal Tutor, a student representative and numerous other people. We have previously worked with students who have ADH, Asperger’s, Autism, Dyslexia, Phobic, Anxiety, elective mute, M.E. and M.S.
How we support your child/young person
When a student become part of Nisai, part of their induction is to have a selected individual such as a parent or teacher, who has an input in their education, specifically trained by Nisai in order to understand what their role is, what they can expect and how to become involved in that student’s education. An education plan will be planned by the student and parent, with inputs from the school and other stakeholders. If part of an EHCP, it will have to be approved by the local Authority, who will also have an input. This plan would be reviewed on a regular basis, and ideally every 6 weeks a discussion will be held with the young person about their progress, aspirations and attainment. Every term, a representative from the organisation will meet with the school, college or local authority to ensure all parties are satisfied.
How we match the curriculum to your child's needs
Nisai work very closely with schools and Local Authorities to assess what the needs of their students are; if they require GCSE’s then they can study any of the 9 we provide, including English and Maths. Other options include boosters, Key stage 3-4, Year 7 Transition or other shorter courses like Dealing with Strong Emotions. Once this has been decided with the student, they are then placed in a class (with no more than 10 students) with similar abilities, due to the nature of our classes; we are able to do this without causing embarrassment. Every lesson their progress and engagement is noted and every 6 weeks, their personal wellbeing plan is re-evaluated.
The support we give to your child's well being
Through the Nisai Virtual Academy or ‘NVA’, we provide an inclusive, highly social and student-focused experience for all learners but particularly those who struggle with emotional, physical or learning-related barriers.
Through our own online system, called the Nisai Virtual Academy, we provide learners from all kinds of backgrounds a bespoke education that’s delivered in an inclusive, social and student-focused environment. Our classes are smaller than those in schools, are interactive and taught by qualified teachers. In addition to core subjects delivered to Key Stage 3 learners we also provide recognised qualifications such as Functional Skills, GCSEs and A Levels and we also deliver vocational and non-academic courses like apprenticeships and traineeships. And for all our courses, our sophisticated tracking system records attendance, behaviour, contribution in lessons, progress made and distance travelled.
The expertise we have access to
All teaching staff have received specialist training in the common elements of SEND, and some have specialist experience in key areas e.g. Autism, Asperger’s and Dyslexia. For students who are part of a Learning Zone or Hub, vocational skills such as Health, Hair and Beauty and Social Care may be offered alongside their online classes.
How we include your child in extra curricular activities
There is a fully operating community within Nisai for our students to be part of, this includes forums, discussions, house groups with activities and awards for various achievements. We also have guest speakers come and talk to the students including one recently which was on careers advice and guidance.
How we prepare your child to join us or transfer to another setting
Awareness training at the school, explain how to use it, where all the support is, Personal well-being plan helps the student create their own targets and achievements, feedback regarding progression with the school and parent, also have trained student officers in IHE, also have guest speakers who talk about careers advice and opportunities for the future. Student has a tutor who is with them throughout their time with us.
How we match our resources to your child
Nisai work incredibly closely with the school and local authority to assess what type of support a student requires. This normally involves various meetings between Nisai and the school/ LA and the student to understand what is required and we move forward from this point. We are a results based provider, which means we’re able to very closely track a student’s engagement, improvement and attendance from start to finish. This gives us an insight into problem areas, strengths and weaknesses, and we adapt to that student to ensure there is a marked improvement.
How we involve parents
We have an incredibly holistic approach to studying, which includes parents and students their education and progress. On a day to day basis, if a student is late or doesn’t attend class, an email is sent to allocated individuals like parents, to keep them informed.
How we include your child in the planning of their support
Student support officer will work individually with the young person at the start of the course to establish barriers to learning, and how to overcome these. Agreement will be made on targets and when meetings are to take place, together with a review plan of the whole process every six weeks as a minimum.
General Contact Information
Please contact an advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8424 847 to find out more information. If you require an EHC plan, we suggest that you contact your Local Authority and ask for an assessment, where you can choose to study with Nisai.
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Record Last Reviewed On: 02/01/2018