He had also tried attending alternative provisions, but “had trouble” with it. He was completely disengaged from education. It was decided that Colin and his family would try online learning with the Nisai Virtual Academy (NVA) in November 2009 after being removed from previous provisions due to, in Colin’s words, “fighting and arguing and doing no work.”
The NVA was suggested as a final attempt for Colin to get the education he deserved, in a way he could cope with. He was very anti-education when he joined Nisai, and had the mind-set that he would not sit any exams due to his past experiences, but that he would attend the live lessons.
Three years on and Colin is still an active member of the Nisai Virtual Academy and has recently passed 3 Level 1 qualifications (the equivalent to D-G grade GCSEs) in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. He is now on his way to achieving Level 2 (A*-C GCSE equivalents) qualifications in the same subjects. When asked about what he felt he has achieved since attending the NVA, Colin said “I have gained more self-confidence in my learning and abilities in spelling and other aspects of things like that” as well as the various qualifications he has under his belt.
As a young person who was completely disengaged from education, the NVA has made it possible for him to access education and achieve qualifications, and even helped alter his point of view on education as a whole. “Whilst I still would be unable to join a mainstream school, my attitude towards learning has changed a lot thanks to Nisai,” said Colin, who would not hesitate to recommend Nisai to other students in a similar situation.