The Online High School

The BBC News website has published an article about the first ever online school, where pupils attend virtual classes by simply logging on.

The school is aimed at children who have had problems with attending a regular school, such as those bullied, suffering from certain conditions or those used to home schooling. The online classroom has more than a few perks for would-be-students, such as no uniform, shorter days and a shorter working week.

It does however rely on the honesty of the student and the persuasiveness of the parents to ensure children "attend" the £594-per-term school which has 22 pupils.

Let-downs include the lack of physical excercise classes, and lack of eye-contact between pupils and teachers. It is also not the average school experience, which for many children (regardless of school or subjects) is all about meeting friends, physical contact and other things a computer screen cannot provide.

View: BBC News - Virtual School "beats real thing"

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