Daniel, a student diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette syndrome, always struggled with school, despite being academically capable. Both mainstream and special schools caused him high levels of anxiety, and he was often unable to attend.
Since 2016, Daniel has been studying the Cambridge IGCSE in combined science via an online platform, the Nisai Virtual Academy. He describes the switch as “like waking up from a nightmare”.
Ours is a very common story among families of children with ASD, though, sadly, not all are as lucky as we have been
Karen, Daniel’s mother says: “The Cambridge IGCSE was a perfect fit for Daniel as it did not require him to attend a school for sessions throughout the year, as other science courses would. He is enjoying the course very much and seems to be doing well.
“Ours is a very common story among families of children with ASD, though, sadly, not all are as lucky as we have been. We are grateful every day that we found a way for Daniel to get an excellent education in a way that suits him so well.”
“IGCSEs have long since been adopted into the curriculum of the independent sector, initially because they lacked the coursework element of the original GCSEs, and were therefore seen as more rigorous.”
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Peter Monteath, regional director, Europe at Cambridge International says: “Cambridge IGCSEs are designed to be adapted to students’ learning styles, and we were delighted to hear that Daniel has been able to access Cambridge IGCSE Combined Science online through Nisai Virtual Academy. The award gives learners an understanding of biology, chemistry and physics, while also developing an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study. We wish Daniel all the best as he works towards this Cambridge IGCSE. In doing so, he joins tens of thousands of other leaners worldwide.”
Dhruv Patel, CEO of Nisai, adds: “We are very pleased to have been able to help Daniel find his perfect learning path. Our online platform, coupled with the support from Cambridge International, means we can offer our students quality education no matter what their background or geographical location.”