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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.
When the student joined the Nisai Virtual Academy as a Key Stage 3 student, their behaviour at home steadily improved, the student’s attendance rose year on year from 58% in 2012/13 to 73% and finally to 89% in 2014/15. The student’s assignment submissions also saw a similar increase, from 2% when they started to 45% in their last year. The student continued to progress, studying GCSE Psychology, Maths, ICT, English and ITQ Level 2 Certificate with the NVA. Last year the student’s mother said she was thrilled with the change seen in her child, she commented:
“I think the flexibility of Nisai in the way they are able to cater for my child as an individual has helped them immensely. If there has been an issue with the timetable, the subject or even just attendance, the Student Support Staff have been brilliant, and nothing is too much trouble. [My child’s] counsellor has also commented on the change they have noticed in them. My child’s counsellor has been meeting with them since they were in mainstream school and recently commented that although it has taken a long time, they can’t believe the difference. From the young person who wouldn’t even engage freely in conversation, to what is now a much more, confident, articulate and for the most part, polite young individual.”
When the student received their GCSE results, they had achieved Grades A-C’s in all their subjects. The student has now gone on to study A-Level Maths, Economics and Computing at a local college where they are already predicted A’s and B’s in their A-levels.
All students in this particular case study have been protected as anonymous for confidential reasons.