UK Virtual School Podcast - UKVS
S02E06 The UKVS Youth Council on Video Games

S02E06 The UKVS Youth Council on Video Games

August 15, 2022

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.

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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

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S02E05 Cross Cultural Fusion - The Power of Online

S02E05 Cross Cultural Fusion - The Power of Online

August 8, 2022

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. 

 

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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

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S02E04 A Day in the Life of a UKVS Student - Raif’s Journey into Secondary School

S02E04 A Day in the Life of a UKVS Student - Raif’s Journey into Secondary School

August 1, 2022

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. 


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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

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S02E03 I’m a new Home Ed Parent - First Experiences at UKVS

S02E03 I’m a new Home Ed Parent - First Experiences at UKVS

July 25, 2022

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.


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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

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S02E02 The Globe Trotting Teacher - From the Welsh valley to the Jungle!

S02E02 The Globe Trotting Teacher - From the Welsh valley to the Jungle!

July 18, 2022

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

 

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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

S02E01 Online Schooling after Covid – The Advantages of Staying Online

July 18, 2022

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. 

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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

UK Virtual School : Season 2 Trailer

UK Virtual School : Season 2 Trailer

July 11, 2022

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.

Here's a brief trailer to give you some insight into some of the upcoming shows.  If you're new here, and haven't yet listened to Season One, there's plenty of content already on this podcast feed.  Season 2 launches on Monday July 18th, 2022.  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

S01E14 UKVS The Struggles of Handwriting - Strategies to improve your Child‘s Handwriting

October 18, 2021

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

S01E13 Teacher by Day, Astronomer by Night - Summer Hobby of a Physics Teacher

October 11, 2021

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

S01E12 How We Cater for SEN Kids - A Parent & Teacher‘s insight into UKVS

October 4, 2021

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

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