How It Works2023-10-11T12:39:42+00:00

How It Works

Online schooling has been growing in popularity over the last decade and many children and young people had some experience of being taught online during the Covid pandemic. However, we appreciate that, for many parents, this may be the first time you have considered online schooling for your child’s education. We have tried to answer some of the most common questions below.

How do I pay for my child’s tuition?2021-11-12T15:10:37+00:00

Payment is usually made termly, by bank transfer, at least one week before the start of term, although we are happy to receive annual payments. 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.

How will my child be entered for a public examination, such as an IGCSE?2024-06-10T09:00:16+00:00

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:
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.

Whilst we do not recommend the use of any particular examination centre, Net School is a learning partner of Tutors and Exams, an assessment and examinations organisation with five centres in the UK. Tutors and Exams provides examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates. The company was established in 2014 by a former Examinations Officer and Awarding Body Manager with over 25 years’ experience in education administration. In those intervening years Tutors and Exams has evolved into a much valued and respected examination venue.Please follow the link below to find out more about their centres.

In Hertfordshire, Net School is partnered with Top Grades Learning Centre. Top Grades is an established exam centre for private candidates and they offer our students a 10% discount on exam fees. They offer AQA, Edexcel and OCR qualifications including IGCSEs, GCSEs, Functional Skills, AS and A Levels. Top Grades have a reputation amongst the home education community for efficiency as well as a calm and welcoming environment. Top Grades has one centre in St Albans with excellent transport links to London. Please follow the link to find out more

How do you work out the entry level?2021-11-12T14:33:41+00:00

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.

Will I need to buy any textbooks for my child?2021-11-12T14:33:21+00:00

Some subjects, especially IGCSE and A level 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 long are your terms?2021-11-12T14:33:05+00:00

Our Primary and KS3 courses are 33 weeks long and IGCSE and A level courses are 36 weeks.

All students have the same term dates for the autumn term and spring term but then our younger students have slightly shorter summer term than our IGCSE and A level students.

What about homework?2021-11-12T14:31:44+00:00

All students have a personal login name and password which allows them access to Net School’s learning management system, PowerSchool. This is where our online classrooms can be found and where teachers post assignments, messages 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.

When do the lessons take place?2021-11-12T14:31:23+00:00

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.

How do you enrol?2023-05-09T15:09:23+00:00

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 on the “Courses” page. 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.

How small are the classes?2021-11-12T14:30:30+00:00

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 participate and the teacher to really get to know their class. We therefore do not usually enrol more than twelve students in any class, with fifteen being our usual upper limit.

What equipment do I need?2021-11-12T14:29:56+00:00

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. Net School now uses Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for all of its live lessons and recordings. This platform is web based and can be accessed using any compatible device, although we encourage the use of a desktop or laptop computer to take part in lessons most effectively.

How does internet teaching work in practice?2021-11-12T14:28:55+00:00

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.

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