Does your Child Have ADHD and Struggle with School? Online School Could be the Answer
Students with ADHD often have difficulties at school. Traditional schools can be overwhelming environments, bringing so many unhelpful distractions and influences. A one-size-fits-all approach to learning fails to accommodate for the varying needs of children, and some students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be left behind, act up in frustration, and spend a lot of time battling with teachers rather than fulfilling their potential.
At the Oxbridge Online School, we’re set up to ensure that every pupil finds the route to that potential—however unique that might be. We believe that Online School can be the perfect platform for students with ADHD, and here’s why:
The distractions and pressures of a traditional schooling environment are huge. With large class sizes, differing abilities and needs, endless time spent on organization, administration and behaviour management, getting to and from classes in different departments, chaotic hallways, the fallout from lunch and break time – even the best teachers can struggle to bring learning to the fore and captivate attention.
Somewhat paradoxically, the remote teaching techniques of online school offer a closer, more concentrated way to learn, as each student has their very own connection with the teacher through their digital device. It’s easier for teachers to monitor how students are doing and see how they are feeling, utilising different techniques to keep everyone engaged. Everyone receives individual attention as class sizes are far smaller and students are in the comfort and safety of their own homes, so are less distracted, calmer and more clear-minded.
All this has a knock-on effect on behaviour. Without the stimulation of traditional school students are better behaved, teachers spend less time on behaviour management and students benefit greatly. Children with ADHD often benefit most, without interruptions relating to behaviour management they can get on with work at their own pace and are less likely to behave badly themselves. On the rare occasion that a situation does arise in which a student is having a particularly difficult day and displaying behaviour that badly disrupts the class, being in the home means that parents are usually close by to intervene or lend a hand.
Student Centred Approach
At the Oxbridge Online School, we take a student-centred approach. This means we understand that every child is different and when a student joins us (whether they have ADHD or not) we sit down and make assessments as to their learning style and the best approach to take. The large classes of traditional school environments put so many demands on teachers, but our teachers have so much more space to be patient and understanding, allowing each student to blossom and be themselves.
Our experienced, professional Learning Enrichment Team works closely with students that have exceptional requirements. They develop a friendly rapport and offer as much, or as little support as needed—being overbearing often makes things worse and our priority is ensuring every child feels that support is there if they need it. All of our students also have guidance counsellors to help with their emotional wellbeing.
At the Oxbridge Online School, we’re all about getting our students into the top universities in the world. It is our strongly held belief that ADHD is no barrier to this. A positive approach to the difficulties your child is having is key—with positivity, support and the right environment the sky is the limit for your child.
For more details on what a typical day at the Oxbridge Online School looks like, including programmes of study, learning, teaching, and socialising, please visit our ‘structure’ page.
And for any questions or more information, please find the contact details below:
Aurora House 71-75 , Uxbridge Road, London, W5 5SL “71-75”