UK Virtual School Podcast - UKVS

UKVS

UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. read less

S02E14 How to Homeschool - The 101 Guide to Kickstarting Learning at Home
Oct 10 2022
S02E14 How to Homeschool - The 101 Guide to Kickstarting Learning at Home
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 14 - How to Homeschool - The 101 Guide to Kickstarting Learning at Home On this episode you'll be hearing from the founder of UK Virtual School, Syd. Syd has 5 top tips for you today to optimise your homeschooling: ➡ Create a structure - Something as simple as a timetable for your child can change both yours and their mindset. ➡ You don't HAVE to follow the curriculum - branch out and have fun with your learning and teaching. ➡ If you're not good at teaching a subject, outsource to someone who is, or learn at the same pace as your child. ➡ Slowly build up a network of people who you can trust to help you home educate - find families who have the same goals as you. ➡ Make sure you have a vision of where you're going - This will help you follow the path to that destination. Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E13 Modern Life of a Musician - Touring Europe and Teaching
Oct 3 2022
S02E13 Modern Life of a Musician - Touring Europe and Teaching
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 13 - Modern Life of a Musician - Touring Europe and Teaching On this episode, you'll hear from Denis, a musician AND music teacher at UK Virtual School. Denis talks to Syd about his time in Europe and how he spent 20 days touring the continent and how he got into that position in the first place. Denis had previously worked at an online school but was drawn to UK Virtual School after talking to one of our teachers. Here are 3 Key points Denis discusses during the episode: ➡ Denis believes a teacher's job is to find and nurture the music in every child. - He does this at UKVS! ➡ Denis' ambitions are very different to normal ambitions set at state schools. ➡ UKVS is a getaway, not only for the kids but also for the teacher!   Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode.   More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E12 A Year at UKVS - Student’s Reflections
Sep 26 2022
S02E12 A Year at UKVS - Student’s Reflections
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 12 - A Year at UKVS - Student's Reflections On this episode, you'll hear from Zahira, a Student at UK Virtual School who is moving into Year 5. Zahira talks to Syd about her experience at UK Virtual School and why she believes that UKVS is better than the previous online school that she attended, they also discuss her favourite parts of the past year along with favourite lessons. Here are 3 things that Zahira LOVES about UK Virtual School: ➡ The Teachers at UK Virtual School have big personalities that shine when they're teaching! ➡ Being in UK Virtual School has helped to raise Zahira's confidence when she's in a room with other people. ➡ Learning with UK Virtual School is really interactive, each lesson keeps the children engaged.   Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E11 KS1 Online Learning - How Does That Work?
Sep 19 2022
S02E11 KS1 Online Learning - How Does That Work?
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 11 - KS1 Online Learning - How Does That Work? On this episode, you'll hear from Helen, a Primary Teacher at UK Virtual School. Helen talks to Syd about her experiences in teaching in a physical school compared to an online school and discusses some reasons why she prefers teaching online and how Key Stage 1 children could benefit from online schooling. Helen believes there are a few ways that she keeps the children in her classes learning effectively: ➡ Active learning - if a child isn't paying attention they won't be learning as efficiently, keeping them engaged is key. ➡ Teachers can actively keep an eye on children and notice whether or not they're starting to lose concentration. ➡ There are breaks in learning to ensure that younger children are having a break away from constantly using their brains.   Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E10 How Can Art Be Taught Online - The Benefits of a Creative Curriculum
Sep 12 2022
S02E10 How Can Art Be Taught Online - The Benefits of a Creative Curriculum
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 10 - How Can Art Be Taught Online - The Benefits of a Creative Curriculum On this episode you'll hear from Lucy, our Art teacher at UKVS. Lucy thinks Online Learning can be great for Art lessons, here are 3 reasons why: ➡ Lucy can see every child's artwork on the screen at the same time, so she can see who needs guidance much quicker than in a physical classroom. ➡ Because the students can easily see one another's work on the screen, inspiration can be drawn from other student's work easier. ➡ Lucy has an additional dedicated camera that pointing to her desk and her artwork.  This way, students can always see the her artwork and understand the methods she's using easier.   Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E09 Full-time Schooling to UK Virtual School - Why I Prefer Learning from Home
Sep 5 2022
S02E09 Full-time Schooling to UK Virtual School - Why I Prefer Learning from Home
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 9 - Full-time schooling to UK Virtual School - Why I prefer learning from home On this episode, you'll hear from Iokasti, a student from UK Virtual School who recently joined the Youth Council. Iokasti chats with Syd about why she believes online schooling is better than regular schooling at a 'state school', and why her first term has her excited about the future. Here are 3 reasons why Iokasti loves this way of schooling: ➡ There's less stress on the students when it comes to work, commuting and much more. ➡ It's a different way of learning, and a more comfortable one.  She's much happier and secure at home and in her own familiar space.  Kids need to feel secure and safe to learn effectively. ➡ UKVS class sizes are smaller, meaning that teachers can interact with each child more efficiently.   Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E08 Will my child feel isolated? - The Issues of Socialisation
Aug 29 2022
S02E08 Will my child feel isolated? - The Issues of Socialisation
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 8 - Will my child feel isolated? - The Issues of Socialisation On this episode, you'll hear from Syd, the founder of UK Virtual School. Many parents have an initial concern when enrolling their children in an online school - That of socialisation and isolation.  During this talk, Syd will explain why this isn't the case, and shouldn't be a concern. Here are some points to take away: ➡ UKVS have their own clubs! - In the Winter and Autumn there are a plethora of activities that are provided to ensure that kids are interacting and building their interpersonal skills.  ➡ Being schooled online at UKVS gives your child the opportunity to talk to kids who aren't in their age group, helping to further develop their communication skills  ➡ The week break! UK Virtual School students get one week off every month.  This offers a flexibility not found within traditional schooling, and allows for new experiences and quality time for family and friends. Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E07 From Inner City London to Online Teaching in Greece - The Beauty of Online Schooling
Aug 22 2022
S02E07 From Inner City London to Online Teaching in Greece - The Beauty of Online Schooling
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 7 - From Inner City London to Online Teaching in Greece - The Beauty of Online Schooling On this episode, you'll meet Andromachi, who's a Maths teacher at UK Virtual School. Andromachi lives all the way in Greece, talks to kids all over the UK on a daily basis and works for a UK based school, this is the beauty of online schooling and why UK Virtual School is great for both children and teachers alike. During this chat you'll hear some reasons why Andromachi believes that online schooling is the future of teaching. Here are some key takeaways from this episode: ➡ You can learn from all over the country when your child enrolls at UK Virtual School. ➡ The Kids at UK Virtual School are well-behaved - Anyone can fit in! ➡ Learning at UK Virtual School gives you far more time flexibility and gives you more time to relax with your children.   Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E06 The UKVS Youth Council on Video Games
Aug 15 2022
S02E06 The UKVS Youth Council on Video Games
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 6- The UKVS Youth Council on Video Games At UK Virtual school, it's important for everybody to be seen, heard and respected, during the episode, Syd passes podcast hosting duties over to the UKVS Youth Council, headed by Zak.  They chose to speak about a subject they're all passionate about: Video games! During this show, you'll hearing about the following: ➡ Finding glitches/cheats on a variety of Mario games.  ➡ A tutorial on the holy grail to playing Minecraft: Drag clicking!  ➡ A discussion about the best PC gaming equipment to buy, and their thoughts on current consoles. Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E05 Cross Cultural Fusion - The Power of Online
Aug 8 2022
S02E05 Cross Cultural Fusion - The Power of Online
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 5 - Cross Cultural Fusion - The Power of Online On this episode, you'll meet Hassan, who's the Arabic teacher at UK Virtual School.   One of the advantages of learning languages at an online school is we can employ native speakers who share their culture and insight as well as their language.  During this chat you'll hear about many of his experiences in dealing with people of different cultures. Here are some key points from Hassan's chat with Syd: ➡ Different Cultures do things very differently, so it's important to understand and respect the differences, since we all live alongside people who are culturally different. ➡ We should never judge the values of other cultures.  We should only learn to understand why they exist, and show respect for them. ➡  One of the advantages of learning languages at an online school is they can employ native speakers who share their culture and insight with the students, as well as their language.    Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E04 A Day in the Life of a UKVS Student - Raif’s Journey into Secondary School
Aug 1 2022
S02E04 A Day in the Life of a UKVS Student - Raif’s Journey into Secondary School
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 4 - A Day in the Life of a UKVS Student - Raif's Journey into Secondary School During this episode, you'll meet Raif, who's a student at UK Virtual School.  During this chat with Syd, you'll hear about his time in state schools and some of his issues with the traditional model of schooling. Here are just some of the reasons Raif loves online schooling: ➡ UKVS really DOES listen to their students, whereas he felt largely ignored at his old traditional school ➡ UKVS has helped Raif to become more focused on his work, and comfortable enough to participate and ask some brilliant questions. ➡ The UKVS day is planned carefully - with breaks to keep the students learning effectively.  Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E03 I’m a new Home Ed Parent - First Experiences at UKVS
Jul 25 2022
S02E03 I’m a new Home Ed Parent - First Experiences at UKVS
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 3 - I'm a New Home Ed Parent - First Experiences at UKVS. On this episode, you'll meet Ebi, who's a parent of a child currently attending UK Virtual School. During the chat with Syd, you'll hear all about the trials that Ebi and her child have gone through in previous school experiences and why UKVS is working so well for them now. Here are a few reasons why Ebi absolutely loves UKVS: ➡ You get more time with your child when they're at UK Virtual School - Instead of them getting home from school and spending very little time with you, you can spend as much time as they'd like with them! ➡ UKVS send recordings of lessons back to the children - This means they can look back through lessons as many times as they need, which reinforces learning. ➡ UKVS is totally inclusive has many different approaches to learning - Which means that almost ANY child will fit in and benefit. Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E02 The Globe Trotting Teacher - From the Welsh valley to the Jungle!
Jul 18 2022
S02E02 The Globe Trotting Teacher - From the Welsh valley to the Jungle!
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 2 - The Globe Trotting Teacher: From the Welsh Valley to the Jungle! During this episode, you'll meet Jemma, who's an English teacher at UKVS.  She LOVES being part of the team because it gives her the ability to travel the world.  During her chat with Syd, you'll hear one story about a snake in a playground that you'll never forget! As well as giving Jemma the ability to travel, she's a big convert to online schooling for these reasons: ➡ Students are more focused, as there aren't any classroom distractions ➡ At UKVS, teachers are subject specialists, even for primary age students ➡ The students and their families have time flexibility   Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S02E01 Online Schooling after Covid – The Advantages of Staying Online
Jul 18 2022
S02E01 Online Schooling after Covid – The Advantages of Staying Online
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. Season 2, Episode 1 - Online Schooling in a Post Covid World During this episode, Syd runs though just a handful of the advantages of online schooling, even when Covid lockdowns are a thing of the past!  ➡ It's brilliantly flexible and accommodates families who want to travel, and provides consistency for students. ➡ The worlds BEST and most inspirational teachers are available to you - This is seldom the case with personal tutoring. ➡ If your kids suffer with anxiety or have had traumatic experiences in education before, or have SEN needs, they will feel safe and secure within an online school, as they can be based at home.  Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, so you never miss an episode. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S01E14 UKVS The Struggles of Handwriting - Strategies to improve your Child‘s Handwriting
Oct 18 2021
S01E14 UKVS The Struggles of Handwriting - Strategies to improve your Child‘s Handwriting
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. #14 The Struggles of Handwriting Strategies to improve your Child's Handwriting This is a practically helpful episode of the podcast.  If you're concerned about your child's handwriting, Syd will give you strategies and tactics to help them improve.  Here are some of the key points: Don't tackle it head on - If your child sits and continually writes, they won't improve and they'll find it boring! There's a good chance that their poor handwriting is connected to a lack of fine motor skills development - Syd explains during this show how you can check to see if this is the issue. Great ways to help your child's fine motor skills improve includes; sewing, paper weaving, tying knots and playing with lego. Download the “Ideas to Improve Handwriting” pdf from: https://ukvirtualschool.co.uk/podcast/se01-14-the-struggles-of-handwriting-strategies-to-improve-your-childs-handwriting/ More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S01E13 Teacher by Day, Astronomer by Night - Summer Hobby of a Physics Teacher
Oct 11 2021
S01E13 Teacher by Day, Astronomer by Night - Summer Hobby of a Physics Teacher
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. #13 Teacher by Day, Astronomer by Night Summer Hobby of a Physics Teacher Aaron is a Maths and Physics teacher at UKVS and has a passion for all things Astronomy.  During this chat, you'll hear about his Astrogazing evenings, the importance of being an authentic person as a teacher, and how the teachers of UK Virtual School learn from one another's teaching styles.  During his chat with Syd, you'll hear that:   Previously when Aaron worked in a traditional environment, he'd teach Physics to kids who didn't want to do the subject, but HAD TO in order to pass the exams and move on to the next level.  The private model proves more fulfilling for the student and teacher, because they're both because of their shared interest in the subject. Aaron finds that interaction with kids is actually better when teaching online, over than face to face.  He was initially pleasantly surprised by this.  Because the kids are at home, and happy with their surroundings they tend to be more communicative.  Aaron continues to be excited about teaching because his material is constantly evolving and growing, whether it's to kids at UKVS, or to a crowd of people at his Astrogazing evenings.  He also loves working with UK Virtual School because his style of teaching is celebrated and he's not told to teach in a particular way. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S01E12  How We Cater for SEN Kids - A Parent & Teacher‘s insight into UKVS
Oct 4 2021
S01E12 How We Cater for SEN Kids - A Parent & Teacher‘s insight into UKVS
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. #12 How We Cater for SEN Kids A Parent & Teacher's insight into UKVS Ant's been a teacher with UK Virtual School since the start and he's seen it grow into what is today, and loves how it continues to grow. He says on this episode that UKVS “offers subjects to help students grow as people, not just as academic subjects”. As well as being a teacher with the school, Ant has since enrolled his son, Monty. Monty has been diagnosed as being on the Autistic spectrum, and has special educational needs. During this chat with Syd, Ant talks about many of his thoughts surrounding home school for young people with SEN, including: How he was concerned initially about how much curriculum material would be covered. After a few weeks, Ant came to realise that this core material was being taught really effectively. Because of UKVS's small class sizes, the teachers got to know Monty really quickly, and can help him to learn in a way that suits him. How when Monty became unhappy with his traditional school, stopped communicating about it, and at times became disruptive in class, he enrolled at UKVS for a year. The extra support he's been provided with has given him the confidence and strength to make a return to a traditional environment. If this was not to work out; Ant would have no reservations about enrolling him with UKVS again in the future. How he's really impressed by the core values at UKVS. Ant's worked in other schools and colleges, many of which have “mission statements”. He considers the core values and the way they're implemented to be unique.   More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S01E11 Do Online Classes Work for Primary? - Engaging Young Children in Learning
Sep 27 2021
S01E11 Do Online Classes Work for Primary? - Engaging Young Children in Learning
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. #11 Do Online Classes Work for Primary? Engaging Young Children in Learning On this episode, you'll meet the brilliant and inspiring Kate, who's a teacher with UK Virtual School.  You'll hear about the unique way she teaches English, and learn more about the methods she uses.  Kate's covers many points, including: The importance of the child WANTING to learn about the subject that's being taught is paramount.  In order to know what will appeal to the child, the teacher has to get to know the children.  With UKVS, Kate can do that because of the small class sizes. MANY, things can be used as hooks for lessons. For example; A news article informing Kate that today is the anniversary of Cleopatra's death:  From this she can develop a whole day of learning about culture, music, geography, literature and set work for the children to create poems and prose around these subjects. Kate uses grown up language with children (she threw a "discombobulated" in there the other day!).  If the word is out of the child's vocabulary, she will explain what it means.  From this , the child will implement beautiful and complex language themself. More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202
S01E10 The Pandemic Converted Me - Why I Chose to Stick with Home Education with Dr. Catherine
Sep 20 2021
S01E10 The Pandemic Converted Me - Why I Chose to Stick with Home Education with Dr. Catherine
UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers. #10 The Pandemic Converted Me Why I Chose to Stick with Home Education On this episode, you'll hear from Dr. Catherine Steele, who chose UKVS during the pandemic.  As soon as her daughter (Hope) started, it became clear that home education suited her better that her previous traditional school, so she's continued after lockdown.  Catherine actually works in the traditional education system herself, and was very nervous about the change to UK Virtual School for Hope.  During her chat with Syd you'll learn a lot more, including: Hope's school were supportive of the swap to home education, and if for what ever reason the switch over didn't work out, they agreed to keep her place open, should she want to return.  Catherine felt security in knowing that UKVS were teaching a similar curriculum to Hope's previous school.  If she decided to return to traditional schooling in the future, she's now confident that Hope has been learning the same things as her peers.Catherine's Father, who's involved as a Governor at a local school, and was always a big fan of traditional schooling, has had his eyes opened around the benefits of home schooling.  He works through course resources and videos with Hope and supports her with her homework.  This collaborative working and common interest has been amazing for their relationship. To hear Hope's appearance on a previous episode of this Podcast,  ▶[CLICK HERE] ◀ More about Syd (Our Founder) Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos. Join us as we explore the core values of innovation, curiosity, growth mindset and inclusion & diversity which are embedded in the fabric of UKVS: 💻 Find us on www.ukvirtualschool.com 📩 Reach out to us: info@ukvirtualschool.com 🔗 Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/UkVirtualSchool 🤼 Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291678232050202