PLEASE NOTE: This website was valid from August 2005 until December 2006, and is no longer current. NAEC

Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools
You are here: Home Projects Project Description Project Description

by Richard Millwood last modified Sunday Feb 26, 2006 13:35 is an online research project looking at ways of re-engaging young people of school age back into learning through a supportive online community. These young people have been out of the more traditional educational systems for a variety of personal and logistical reasons. is one of Ultralab's most successful and long-running research and development projects. Over five years it has developed a mature service through an online environment to meet the needs of young people 'who for whom school did not fit'. has shown how these young people have successfully renewed their confidence in learning, and the vast majority have gained certificates to recognise their learning progress.

They include the phobic, ill, disaffected, sick, pregnant and the excluded. is specifically aimed at those for whom traditional alternatives such as home tutoring have not worked.

During its first phase from September 1998, established a virtual community of 100 young people who were given the opportunity to develop their self-esteem and be reintroduced to learning. This was achieved through the support of mentors, buddies, experts and the use of new technology.

The success of exceeded all expectations and is now, from August 2005, in it's third phase as a mature project. is ready to become mainstream and has left the Ultralab stable. Working with Local Education Authorities throughout the UK, the project will become a service, and expand on its success to offer a similar experience for more of the 50,000 estimated young people who could benefit.

Powered by Plone CMS, the Open Source Content Management System

This site conforms to the following standards: