I just wanted to say thanks. As you may know my son has been out of a school setting for 2 years due to his anxiety. During that time we have tried a number of different ways to engage him in education. All have failed. He struggled at first with the Nisai lessons but in the short time he has attended we have seen a big change.
In September 2012, I started two Nisai courses in English. So far it's been great, I haven't missed a lesson yet, and as the lessons are only half an hour, I think I'm coping well. If I'm feeling really poorly I can still do the lesson as I don't have to get ready and go somewhere. The size of the groups are great, as it's not one-to-one intense focus, but we still get into the subject without taking forever for everyone to catch up. I love that I can do all the homework on my laptop, because I find it much less tiring to type, though it does sometimes give me a headache. I've got quite a poor memory so I can watch the recordings, even if I was in the lesson.
At the NVA everybody seems to have a much better understanding for kids that are unwell. I haven't been here long but it's simple things, like teachers emailing me back, and saying things like “oh dear I see so and so isn't here today, let’s hope they're alright”, as opposed to “oh I see so and so isn't here today, AGAIN”.
Why are you studying with Nisai?
I had trouble in schools and was removed from them, but then ended up here at Nisai.
How did you get on in School?
Not very well, I was always fighting and arguing. Did not do much work.
Has Nisai changed your point of view on school/education?
In a way, yes it has. I don't cope well with people trying to say things about me, hence the fighting, but Nisai has definitely changed my attitude towards learning.
What have you gained from Nisai?
I have gained over three Level 1 qualifications and am on my way to having two Level 2 qualifications. I have gained more self confidence in my learning and abilities in spelling along with many other aspects.
Would you reccomend Nisai?
Yes, of course I would!
Both Charlotte and I would like to say a huge thanks to her teachers for all their support and guidance in ensuring Charlotte enjoyed her studies, made good progress and felt able to sit her exams, despite her difficulties and circumstances.
We would also like to express our sincere thanks to all the staff at Nisai in general for their dedication and support in marking Charlotte's time at NVA such a worthwhile, enjoyable journey. She felt comfortable, supported and was able to not only complete her A Level studies but also make the decision to go on to University.
What is the student experience of Nisai?
Students at Nisai typically experience a relaxed and interactive online learning environment supported by helpful, understanding teachers.
How has Nisai helped your develop both academically and personally?
Working with Nisai has given me the chance to achieve great results that I am proud of. As a student whose illness prevents him from attending school, I have really appreciated the opportunity to learn with other young people my age. Working on projects in class together has been really enjoyable and it was great to be able to experience group work during lessons; there's a really good feeling of satisfaction when it all takes shape.
I would like to thank you all for the care, patience & understanding you have given [my child] & myself. I don’t know what I would have done without your service and facilities in terms of [my child’s] education, as we have encountered a difficult time since removing them from state education in December 2017 due to bullying.
“Daniel has had such a difficult time at school in the past that it is a constant surprise (and joy) that he is so happy now. I’m really pleased to hear that you and his other teachers think he is doing well, I can’t tell you how much difference Nisai has made to his self-confidence. Just as a little example before he joined you he was isolated and afraid of everything and starting to believe that he had no future, all his energy was used in trying to ‘keep himself safe’ as he saw.
"After attaining four GCSEs with the Nisai Virtual Academy, I’ve gone on to graduate from York Law School at the University of York with a first-class law degree, an achievement that was inconceivable when I was thirteen and housebound with ME/CFS. At that age I couldn’t make it past the front door, never mind attend mainstream school. But in very bleak and isolating circumstances Nisai was recommended as a route forward, opening a door when it felt like the others had closed.
A highly anxious, however, very able student who would feel sick at the thought of accessing school and education, joined Nisai in November and is currently accessing 5 GCSE’s.
A student joined Nisai at the age of 12 with ASD; they struggled with the social dynamics of school until it became increasingly difficult for them to leave home. They became more disengaged with mainstream school and developed physical and emotional anxiety.