“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.
Holly, a 17 year old young lady with autism, extremely low self-esteem and almost no confidence joined Nisai in December 2017, with the aim to develop her social skills and for her to become more active. Since joining, Holly has started working with Nisai mentor, Nicola.
We LOVE receiving feedback from our students and their parents. Here, we have Laura's mum who expresses her delight and praise for her daughter's teachers and the lessons she is studying at the Nisai Virtual Academy.
When Kate Stanforth finished her GCSEs, she assumed she would continue on to Sixth Form and complete her A Levels, until she was diagnoses with ME. Now through Nisai, she has been able to access her classes online from her own home and continue studying. Click below to view the Guardian's video of her journey.
Francis joined the NVA at the end of the 2013/14 academic year as our youngest ever student and our first to be based in the Philippines. At 9 years old, Francis had experienced various health issues and was in the process of convalescing when it became apparent that returning to mainstream school for the time being would be difficult. Here we discuss with Monica Moreno, Head Teacher of Francis’s school in the Philippines, her take on the situation and her experience working with the Nisai Virtual Academy.
The Flemington project centres itself on the philosophy of an African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child”. In a community in Victoria, local schools, charities and government offices came together to investigate a way to improve the integration of refugee families in their area.
Kane is in year 10, due to his anti-social behaviour and attendance he was permanently excluded from his school. The Local Authority was charged with finding him a placement and when he purposely asked for one to one support, they placed him with Nisai.