UKVS Podcast Episode 5 My Pandemic Homeschool Story - Why I Chose UK Virtual School
SE01 #5 My Pandemic Homeschool Story
UKVS Podcast Episode 5 My Pandemic Homeschool Story - Why I Chose UK Virtual School

#5 My Pandemic Homeschool Story: Why I Chose UK Virtual School With Rae Richards

When the world came to a standstill during the lockdowns, every one experienced challenges as we began navigated the “new norm”. In the fifth episode in season one, you’ll meet Home Ed Parent, Rae Richards, as she shares her Pandemic Homeschool Story. Rae, a Business & Style Identity Consultant, works fulltime from home. Like many parents, when Covid struck, the home schooling of her 3 children (aged 13,11 and 9) became a strain on her time. After the first lockdown finished and the kids went back to their respective schools, things had changed. Classroom bubbles, regimented behaviour and face masks had all become mandatory. Rae predicted another lockdown, and knew the boys education would suffer, if she didn’t take rapid action. She enrolled them in UK Virtual School, affording her the flexibility she needed. Her boys are since thriving and Rae has since become a massive advocate of online schooling!

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

The attentiveness of the teachers at UKVS meant that they quickly identified parts of learning her boys had missed out on during the disruption, and rectified it.
The kids chose this method of schooling over traditional, so they feel empowered as their opinions have been taken into account, which leads to a positive mindset when approaching learning.
The boys have been much more engaged with the active learning methods used by the teachers at UK Virtual School.  In a large class of 30 in the traditional school, they were much more passive and fell behind much easier.

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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