Friday, 12 July 2013

Helping home educated young learner’s succeed in distance learning

NEC is pleased to launch a new young learner’s service designed to help those who choose to educate their children at home supported by distance learning.

Young Learner's Service, working together for your child's success

What is Home Education?

Home Education is a choice made by families to educate their children at home rather than in formal school settings. There are many reasons families may choose to home educate, perhaps the family travels a lot or they have religious or philosophical reasons, maybe the child is unhappy at school or has particular needs that the school is unable to cater for. Although there are no official figures, it is thought that there are currently around 60,000 children being home educated in the UK (

Why has the young learner’s service been developed?

We found an increasing number of home educating young learner’s enrolling on A level, GCSE and IGCSE courses with NEC. Distance learning is ideal for home education and helps young learners to achieve the same qualifications they would at school, but in the subjects they want and in a flexible manner.

We understand that although distance learning is ideal for many people some times more structure is needed, in particular with younger learners. With this in mind we began to research what would benefit these learners and their families and embarked on a pilot with 20 young learners being educated at home.

It became clear early on that the relationship between the student, parent and NEC  is key to providing the best chance of success. Some excellent suggestions and feedback from parents and learner’s have also helped us to shape the service. Although all of the learner’s participating in the pilot are still working through the course, we can see that they are generally submitting much more work and progressing really well, we are eagerly awaiting their exam results!

What does the young learner’s service include?

Anyone who opts to use the young learner’s service will still benefit from all of the features of an NEC course, such as a personal tutor, high quality course materials and much more. In addition
the service provides an enhanced level of support for the learner and for the parent, helping them to take an active role in the learning process. Features include one-to-one telephone tutorials, exam paper marking, parents copied into all communications, tutor initiated contact, a dedicated course co-ordinator and more. It really does represent excellent value for one-to-one tutoring.

We also understand that home education can be costly, and often there is very little financial support available. To help, we offer special prices for home educators which are available all year round. From now until the 31st August 2013 we are also offering an additional 5% for every enrolment with young learner’s service, meaning you could save up to 25% on your course fees.

Where can I find out more?

Full details of the young learner’s service can be found on our website. You can also call our course advice team on 0800 389 2839 with any questions you may - we look forward to hearing from you!  

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