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There are multiple reasons why online schooling is taking off. COVID, anxiety and other mental health issues, geographical issues, SEN, to name a few. Perhaps your child simply prefers the home schooling model where they can learn from the comfort of their own household. Or maybe they are an elite sportsperson or young actor with professional commitments that make the inflexiblity of mainstream school more tricky. 

Online schooling is not for everyone. It’s not even for most people. But for a growing number of families, it is deemed a valuable alternative to traditional school, particularly as some are achieving the kind of results that most bricks and mortar schools would be proud of.  

So where do you start to find the right online school or college for your child? Particularly confusing  is the fact that there are different types (some offer live lessons; others follow a distance learning model; some do both) and that there are as many subtle differences between these online institutions as there are with conventional schools and colleges (some have good pastoral care, for example, while others offer none).  

The good news is that we can help. To find out more, read our article on online schooling, see our reviews of the best online schools and feel free to contact our consultancy team who can refer you to our online schooling expert to support you through the process – not only talking you through what’s on offer, but also providing guidance in matching the right school to your child as well as exploring blended learning options where appropriate eg with the right tutor agency.  

Our service is bespoke, so once we know the kind of support you’re after, we can tailor it to anything from a one-off Information Meeting right through to a Premier School Consultancy or – where relevant – an SEN Service. We might resolve your needs in 30 minutes, or we might work with you over several months.  

Contact us at: [email protected] or 0800 368 7694 (UK) or +44 203 286 6824 from overseas to speak to our administrator. 

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