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Online Students Outperform Peers in Mainstream Schools

Harrow, October 2009

For the sixth year in a row, the Nisai Virtual Academy has achieved examination results above the national average.

Students experiencing difficulties attending mainstream school or college have once again achieved outstanding results by accessing their education online at the Nisai Virtual Academy (NVA).

Of the grades awarded in 2009 to NVA students, who are unable to attend school for reasons such as illness, disability or behavioural or emotional issues, 64% were A*-C.

In a like for like comparison with the subjects studied by students at the online academy, the national average for mainstream students saw 62.25% of grades being awarded at A*-C

A Level students and those studying Skills for Life also achieved fantastic results in 2009 through the NVA, with a 100% pass rate being achieved at A level and an 84% pass rate achieved by students studying Skills for Life qualifications.

Preya Dattani, Operations Manager at the NVA said “We are extremely proud of our students and delighted by the results they have achieved. The continued success of young people at the NVA reflects the hard work of our students and the dedication of our staff”.

Many of the students, especially those who had been excluded from mainstream schools or who were classified as ‘disengaged’ were often not expected to achieve any qualifications at all before being enrolled at the NVA, making their success even more remarkable.

The results achieved by these students are the latest in a line of success at the NVA, which has seen young people achieve consistently high grades in Key Skills, GCSEs and A Levels for the past six years.

The NVA’s unique pedagogies and use of pioneering technologies, such as online classrooms that enable students to participate in real-time lessons with classmates from all over the UK, provide students with an opportunity to access learning in a way which meets their individual needs.

“The NVA is a supportive learning environment that allows students to fulfil their potential and the teaching staff are very friendly and informative” said Mrs O’Malley, the parent of an NVA student unable to attend school for medical reasons. “The NVA helps students to build confidence, learn and progress. I would not hesitate to recommend the service to others” she continued.

Building on this success, the NVA has this year expanded the range of subjects available and has seen the number of students enrolling more than double.



For more information contact:

Simon Nadin
T: 020 8424 8475
E: simon.nadin@nisai.com
W: www.nisai.com

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