Internet teaching has been growing in popularity over the last decade. For example, it's estimated that one in twenty children in the United States are now taught online in some form. However, we appreciate that, for many parents, this may be the first time you have considered internet teaching. We have tried to answer some of the most common questions below. 

How does internet teaching work in practice?


Internet teaching works much the same way as traditional teaching in a physical classroom. The teaching techniques are similar, but rather than the teacher and students being together in the same room, teaching and learning takes place in a 'virtual' classroom using specially designed conferencing software. This allows students to see and hear the teacher, read and write on the board, ask questions, post comments, watch videos, work together in small groups...in fact, do just about everything they would in a traditional classroom, but from their home or wherever they happen to be when they log in, anywhere in the world. All lessons are recorded so if you miss one, or want to check a point, you can go back and watch it later. 

What equipment do I need?

All you need is a basic PC running an up to date version of Windows, or a Mac running OS 10.7 and above; a reliable broadband internet connection and a headset with a microphone. Further information on system requirements and a facility to 'test your system' can be found at eLecta's Support Page

iPads and Android tablets can also be used to access live lessons and recordings using the eLecta Live app. You can even access your lessons from your iPhone!

How small are the classes

We believe that for students and teachers to have the best possible online experience, the classes need to be kept to a small size. This allows everyone to particpate and the teacher to really get to know their class. We therefore do not enrol more than ten students in any class, with most being smaller.


How do you enrol?


The first step is to complete the online contact form, email or call us to discuss your needs. We will then arrange an initial online demonstration (free of charge) where you will be able to try out the classroom software for yourself and ask us any questions you have about the education that we provide. This takes about thirty minutes and we'll arrange it for a time that suits you.

You then need to decide on the subjects you'd like to opt for. Full details, including prices, are in the "What we offer" pages. Once you enrol, we will send you your usernames and passwords and useful tips for getting the most out of your courses. There is no enrolment fee, but we do ask for payment of one term in advance. 

When do the lessons take place?

Classes take place from Monday to Friday during the school year. Timetables can be viewed in the 'What we Offer' section of our website. One-to-one tuition to support subjects taken in the main classes can be arranged where we have a teacher available.

What about homework?

All students have a personal login name and password which allows them access to Net School's learning management system, PowerSchool. This is where teachers post assignments, materials and resources. Parents have access too, so you can see how your child is doing simply by logging on. We've chosen specialist software which is quick, reliable and - most of all - easy to use! If you can use email, you shouldn't have any problems.

All of our teachers will set homework for your child - we can give you more specific information about the homework requirements for particular subjects on enquiry.

How long are your terms?

Our school year consists of three terms, each of eleven week's duration with a single week off at the mid-point for half term (i.e. a total of ten teaching weeks). The terms coincide approximately with those of UK schools.

Term Dates 2017-18

Autumn Term 2017: Monday 11 September - Friday 24 November (inclusive)
Half term 23 - 27 October (inclusive)

Spring Term 2018: Monday 8 January - Friday 23 March (inclusive)

Half term: 12 - 16 February (inclusive)

Summer Term 2018: Tuesday 16 April - Monday 2 July (inclusive)
UK Public Holiday: Monday 7 May (no classes)
Half term: 28 May - 1 June (inclusive)

   


Will I need to buy any textbooks for my child?

Some subjects, especially IGCSE courses, will require you to purchase a textbook before your child can commence their studies. All of our recommended texts have been carefully selected by our teachers to provide the best support for the course concerned - details of the texts required for specific subjects can be obtained from our Admin team.

How do you work out the entry level?


One of the advantages of internet teaching is that it allows more able students to progress more quickly. Generally, we'll determine the most appropriate group for your child by age but in English and Maths we may offer baseline tests to determine which group will best suit your child's level of ability. 

How will my child be entered for a public examination, such as an IGCSE?

Edexcel and CIE both have centres around the UK where students can sit their examinations. Students based overseas can sit their examinations at the offices of their nearest British Council or other suitable institution - both of the exam boards have further details on their websites - you may find these links helpful: 
Edexcel
Cambridge (CIE)

It is the parent or guardian's responsibility to enter a student for examinations and they are responsible for the fee levied by the examination board and the examination centre.

How do I pay for my child's tuition?

Payment is made termly, by bank transfer, at least one week before the start of term. Invoices, sent out at the end of each term, clearly show the amount owed and the payment due date. Please note that all clients pay tuition fees plus UK Value Added Tax (VAT). This applies to all clients, regardless of where in the world they are based.



Thank you again for all your hard work, the children have both really enjoyed your lessons and I've been learning too as I hover in the background...Parent