ME student, Nisai Virtual Academy
Guardian filmed a video with our student Kate, who explains how she got her A Levels with a virtual school...
A lovely video of one of our students speaking to Guardian News about how they got their A Levels online while studying with us. A great way for students to understand how our Nisai Virtual Academy works.
ME/CFS student, Nisai Virtual Academy
Isabelle was diagnosed with CFS/ME in April 2016, she missed a year of school and had medical needs home tutoring through the local education authority, despite her illness she did really well and managed to attained 5 GCSEs…
She attempted to go to sixth form the following academic year to do two A Levels on a very reduced timetable, often only managing 1-2 hours a day. However this took its toll on her health and by November she had to drop one A Level (English Literature) and she carried on with her French A Level, but by March had to give up altogether and left college.
Since studying with Nisai, Isabelle has confidence in her abilities again, she can study at her own pace and on days where she feels too unwell she is able to catch up when she feels better. She finds the tutors very good and helpful and enjoys the lessons. Without this, Isabelle wouldn’t have been able to study and I can’t imagine how this would have affected her. The future is unknown, but once she gets better from this horrible illness I’m sure she will go on to do great things, she has a fantastic mind and spirit.
Through being able to carry her education on through Nisai she is optimistic about the future.
Medical illness student, Nisai Virtual Academy
Emma has a chronic condition called POTS which is an abnormal increase in heart rate that occurs after sitting up or standing...
This condition can cause dizziness, fainting and other symptoms. Emma has been studying with Nisai Learning since March 2018 and enjoys the classes, social clubs and has made a lot of friends. She is doing very well in her studies with us and is well on her way to completing her GCSEs.
ME student, Nisai Virtual Academy
Diagnosed with ME at age 7, Andrew has faced significant barriers in accessing education for most of his life. Andrew studied his 3rd A-Level at the NVA after completing his GCSEs...
“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 help direct group efforts during lessons; there’s a really good feeling of satisfaction when it all takes shape”.
When asked why Nisai works for a range of students, Andrew said “I think that the flexibility Nisai offers is a key factor. The understanding of the teachers and staff to each individual student’s situation, in particular, is crucial to this aspect. Nisai staff always ensure that lessons have been held at a suitable time for me. In addition to this, students like myself don’t need to worry about spending the limited energy they need for studying on travelling to and from lessons.”
“The NVA brings me as close to the classroom experience as I can imagine possible!”
“It is my goal to pursue a career in writing or journalism and I feel more confident about this, having studied with Nisai and achieved such positive results.”