The Web School Opens UK Secondary Education to Worldwide Learners
August 10, 2011, Press Dispensary. In an era when many parents are disappointed with the UK education system and its obsession with Ofsted targets and ‘one-size-fits-all’ curricula, the time is ripe for a different, more democratic approach. Aimed at parents who are home-educating their 11-16 year old children, expats who want their offspring to have a UK education when overseas, and those who favour flexible learning, The Web School (http://www.thewebschool.eu ) is opening its virtual doors for the academic term starting on 5, September 2011.
Although online schools are widely known throughout America, they are a relatively new phenomenon in the UK. The Web School is the brainchild of Gbenga Joseph, a maths teacher with more than six years’ teaching and managing experience. Gbenga enjoys working with young people and wanted to provide a feasible alternative to the UK’s league table-fixated state schools and expensive independent establishments.
The ethos behind The Web School is to engage and support its learners, thanks to a team of dedicated teachers, who work from home, and small class sizes with a maximum of 15 pupils. Resources include interactive virtual classrooms, a parents’ portal that enables parents to monitor their children’s progress, a learners’ portal with an online library, discussion boards, live chat facility, virtual common room, email and brain training games.
Other advantages of The Web School include personal tutors for every student; the absence of costly text books to purchase; cheaper fees than independent schools; greater transparency for parents; and accessibility from anywhere, including overseas countries favoured by expats. Ideal for those educating their children in far-flung locations, The Web School is able to provide continuous education for those wish to progress beyond Year 11. This is particularly relevant to students in the Falkland Islands, Ascension Island and other remote islands who would otherwise have to return to the UK to study for A-Levels.
For parents already homeschooling their children, The Web School offers a 'best of both worlds' scenario as children can still learn interactively, and at home, but with the added benefit of having specialist teachers to support them along the way. The Web school is also perfect for school refusers and children who cannot attend school due to health reasons or social problems such as relentless bullying.
According to the office of national statistics, in 2009 alone 140,000 UK citizens emigrated from the UK*. As 50% of these migrants were aged 25-44, this body of people could form a large number of parents who are seeking to continue their children’s UK-based education from popular overseas destinations including Australia, Spain, Germany, France and the USA. The Web School gives children aged 11-16 the chance to pursue a high quality British education from anywhere in the world, and with a small and friendly class size.
The Department of Education report states that in January 2010, 7% of classes within state funded schools contained more than 30 pupils and that the average class size was 21. Meanwhile, the British Social Attitudes survey identified that 26% of adults believe smaller class sizes would improve education standards. And, according to Peter Blatchford’s paper, ‘Class Size Effects’, smaller classes can benefit all pupils in terms of individual, active attention from teachers while avoiding the tendency for pupils to engage in passive listening.
Founder Gbenga Joseph says: "In the 21st century, I believe that schools should equip, enable and empower learners while being accessible to all, irrespective of their location and ability. A great education should not only be available only to the few who can afford to send their children to independent establishments. At the Web School, children have a democratic right to say how and what they learn. We want the children to experience the joy of learning and discovery, thrive academically and personally, and leave with the knowledge and skills to help them succeed in their chosen paths. The beliefs of The Web School are shared by every teacher who works here."
The Web School offers a week’s free trial before students have to commit.
* Source: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cc/i/nugget.asp?id=260
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Notes for editors
The Web School is a newly established education provider based in East London. All teachers work from home, delivering lessons over the internet. The company currently employs seven teachers and is advertising for more. It is a registered UK Learning Provider (UKPRN 10032829), ASDAN centre (33387), CACHE centre (03072), BCS centre, Member of EUDEC (European Democratic Education Community) and Member HSE (Human Scale Education). It is also registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office PZ2568940, is working towards achieving the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Status and is registered with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) whose objective is to protect children online.
For further information, please contact:
Gbenga Joseph, proprietor
The Web School
Tel: 0845 299 6125 / 07840 316 999