Create a virtual school for children with chronic illness unable to attend school
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I request that education secretary creates or sets in motion the creation of a virtual learning classroom available to all children who are unable to attend school due to health reasons. There are children all over the country unable to continue their education because of health problems. Tutors are sometimes made available this can be difficult access and due to funding take a long time to set in motion. Not all children with health issues are eligible for such help.
All children who are unable to to attend school due to health issues should have access to high quality easy to access high quality online national curriculum content.
My vision is a virtual learning classroom that a child could be referred to once it was clear they would be out of school for more than a couple of weeks. The VLC would be a mixture of recorded lessons for topics within the key stages which could be watched whenever a child felt well enough, questions and quizzes would allow both the child and school to monitor a child's learning. It would work in conjunction with the child's school or with a tutor who would list lessons to watch, mark work completed perhaps even add content.
I would also like to see it include a forum where children who are unable to attend school due to health reasons can engage with other children using the virtual learning classroom. Isolation is as much of an issue as education.
Why is this important?
Until my daughter became ill with cancer I would have assumed something like this would already be in existence. It seems such an obvious idea. What upsets her most during her illness is missing out on learning as she loves school, she has a real thirst for knowledge. That and the feeling of isolation. Her school is fantastic and provides work but often she is too unwell to sit at a desk. Recorded lessons a child like her could watch in bed would be life changing. Children who are already under great stress due to their health issues should not also be worrying about their education. They should have simple straightforward access to high level content. All children deserve to have hopes, dreams and plans for the future. All children deserve to be able to expand their minds and horizons. All children deserve an education.
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