UKVS Podcast Episode #1 What does space smell like? - UK Virtual School
SE01 #1 What Does Space Smell Like?
UKVS Podcast Episode #1 What does space smell like? - UK Virtual School

#1 What Does Space Smell Like? – My Journey through Education

In this episode you’ll meet our Founder, Syd, and hear about her journey through education so far.  You’ll hear why after working in a traditional schooling environment, she became an “education disrupter”, and embraced the importance of the enjoyment of learning. When UK Virtual school was created, Syd used her own experiences as a student and a teacher to shape it into something revolutionary and unique. Check the key points for some of her experiences that have helped shape the school into what it is today:

On this episode, you’ll also find out the answer to the question: What does space smell like? 

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.

About Syd
Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, an online school set up in the peak of the pandemic. During this time the need for an alternative online education system became important. UKVS was born out of many families contacting Syd to set something up that was high quality, flexible and affordable. Syd, an award-winning educational disruptor, has extensive experience in education spanning over 13 years. She worked as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before becoming a full-time entrepreneur. During this time, she has worked with over 13,000 children, including home educating families.

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Key take aways

Up until starting grammar school, Syd loved learning, but grammar school was more about learning to pass exams, than creative learning. This is why UKVS embraces a joy of learning.
As kids become older, they become less curious when in the traditional schooling system. This is why one of UKVS's core values is Curiosity. For more on our core values, make sure you listen to episode 3 when it's available.
Syd found the competitive nature of grammar school unhelpful. This is why UKVS has mixed age classes.  When the kids are a different age and have a different starting point, rather than being in competition with one another, they naturally collaborate.

Our Founder - Syd Femtinos

Syd is a multi-award winning educator with a vision to disrupt education. She has worked with over 13,000 children over the 12 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 continues to work as a private tutor for a small selection of families providing 1:1 tailored approach. Syd has worked in radio, speaks 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.

Our Founder - Syd Femtinos

Syd is a multi-award winning educator with a vision to disrupt education. She has worked with over 13,000 children over the 12 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 continues to work as a private tutor for a small selection of families providing 1:1 tailored approach. Syd has worked in radio, speaks 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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