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.
Perhaps you suspect your child has some learning difficulty and you would like advice on what you should do. Or perhaps it is becoming clear that your child's current school is not working for him or her, and you need help to find a mainstream school which has better SEN provision, or to find a special school which will best cater for your child's area of need. Our SEN consultancy team advises on both special schools, and the mainstream schools with good SEN support, from reception through to the specialist colleges for 19+.
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As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, The Good Schools Guide International offers the following guidance:
Determine the global situation and that of individual countries on government mandated school closures by accessing the UNESCO information on this link: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-emergencies/coronavirus-school-closures.
For updates on the medical situation, go to the World Health Organisation website at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports.
If you wish to contact one of our GSGI listed schools to discover their current status or any plans for alternate learning strategies, please go to our database to find email and phone numbers for each school https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/international-search.
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