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Syd is a multi-award winning educator with a vision to disrupt education. She has worked with over 13,000 children over the 14 years. Syd’s vision is to have an impact on the world through education – she wants to reach as many children and believes education can open up doors to a better and more fulfilled life. She is an outspoken advocate for breaking the status quo and questioning everything.

Syd has worked as a private tutor, hosted her own radio show, and continues to speak at events, and supports other tutors and educators through coaching and support. She is a big advocate of girls in STEM (she holds a MSci in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics) and won the Outstanding Woman in STEM award in 2019 for her outreach work through her work at Femtinos.

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Some Words from Our Founder

“I’m really excited about UK Virtual School, what it represents and what it stands for. I’ve worked with Home Ed families for over a decade and I know there was always a need for something different to traditional schooling, a framework that allows students to learn and grow without the focus on marks and grading.

For those of you who have followed my journey over the years, you will know I am a big advocate of growth mindset. This is embedded in the core of UKVS. We are still early on in our journey – as we phase in more of our unique ideas, we are very open to input from both parents and children.

UK Virtual School is revolutionary in many ways and we hope to see you become part of our family to see your children transform and grow a passion for learning.”

Some Words from Our Founder

“I’m really excited about UK Virtual School, what it represents and what it stands for. I’ve worked with Home Ed families for over a decade and I know there was always a need for something different to traditional schooling, a framework that allows students to learn and grow without the focus on marks and grading.

For those of you who have followed my journey over the years, you will know I am a big advocate of growth mindset. This is embedded in the core of UKVS. We are still early on in our journey – as we phase in more of our unique ideas, we are very open to input from both parents and children.

UK Virtual School is revolutionary in many ways and we hope to see you become part of our family to see your children transform and grow a passion for learning.”

More on Syd

Let’s have the spotlight on Syd and explore some of the areas she is known for and some of the work she does!

Syd STEM Communicator

Syd has a strong STEM background, having studied MSci in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics and then later a Post Graduate Diplima in Education with Physics Specialism. She has taught Biology and Chemistry to GCSE Level and Physics, Maths and further Mathematics upto A-level standard. In 2010, Syd founded Femtinos, a STEM organisation to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders and Innovators. Through her organisation, she has delivered thousands of workshops, STEM courses, afterschool clubs and Science Shows nationally in the UK. She has been recognised through winning numerous awards fot her work, including being featured in the press, such as the Metro.

Syd Speaker

In 2017, Syd took part in a public speaking course which ignited her love for speaking to large audiences. SInce then, Syd has been invited to spoke at multiple events on topics of Education, Motivational Speaking and Business to auidence of different sizes, including audiences of over 200. Syd combines her talent as STEM Coomunicator into her speaking, utilising various engaging tools to create memorable speaking events. One memorable invitation included being a keynote speaker at the Day of the Dead Event around death where she spoke ised her science skills to deliver an engaging speech around the science of death.

Syd Radio Host Podcaster

Syd hosted a Science Radio Show for nearly two years where she interviewed guests live on her two hour weekly “Science with Syd” Show. During her radio stint, she interviewed over 100 STEM individuals ranging from reserachers, lecturers, to those representing well-known organisations. She also invited students from her workshops to be interviewed and they shared their learning to listeners. Syd’s radio show became one of the most popular shows on the station, with inundated calls every week. Syd’s love for radio has continued through her various podcasts, including the UK Virtual School Podcast. She is also regularly invited as a guest on other business and education podcasts.

Syd Award Winner

Syd has won many awards both as an individual and through her businesses. This includes but is not limited to: The Creative Pioneers Award 2012, Winner of the Innovation/STEM Company of the Year 2020, Finalist for the Educational Establishment of the Year 2020, Winner of the STEM Award 2019, Winner of Outstanding Women in STEM Award 2019, Shortlisted for the Excellence in Media Award for the radio show “Science with Syd”, Nominee of the Outstanding Contribution to Children of the Year Award, Finalist for the Women Who Achieves in STEM Business and also all the UK Virtual School awards listed in the footer of this website! It’s quite a list!

Syd Serial Entrepreneur

Syd is a serial entrepreneur with a range of businesses. Her most well-known projects include her STEM organisation, Femtinos, which has delivered workshops and shows to over 13,000 children and families. UK Virtual School’s success from a start-up idea in June 2020, to a team of 18 staff within 5 months, is a testament to Syd’s hardwork during the covid lockdowns.
Her other ventures include and are not limited to; training, business, coaching, travel, publishing and lots more! Watch this space!

Syd Poo Lady

Syd has come to be known as “The Poo Lady” for her workshops around the digestive system which end up with a session around creating Poo! Syd refularly, and unashamedly discusses the topic of poo, farts and all other unthinkable things. As a result, she regaurly receives fan mail consisting of images of random poo objects people have come across that remind them of her!

Contact

For press or marketing enquiries please email: marketing@ukvirtualschool.com
For enrolment enquires: info@ukvirtualschool.com