Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few frequently asked questions about our British online school and its education system.
FAQs About IWS
Our British online school transforms distance learning with its user-friendly interface, adaptable academic programmes and flexible timetables.
Schools worldwide are integrating technology to keep up with new educational trends. Within a few decades, online schooling will become the norm. We stay ahead of our counterparts by using online learning as the primary teaching method at IWS.
Our teaching faculty have mastered how to conduct live and real-time video lessons with ease. Additionally, we use advanced and reliable software to ensure that our virtual classrooms have everything a student requires during and after class. These include 24/7 access to recorded lessons for independent learning.
On this account, we are ahead of the majority of educational institutes that are still in the learning stages of this transformation.
We are based in the UK, our headquarter is registered in 72 Chase Side, Suite 2, London, England, N14 5PH
Our qualified teachers use a unique combination of teaching tools to facilitate the learning process. These include HQ video cameras, interactive whiteboards, screen sharing, real-time presentation delivery systems, and recordings. IWS students can attend lessons via a secure online web-link system. Teachers utilise different teaching techniques and formats (like quizzes, presentations, group activities, etc) during class.
The integration of the latest technology makes learning fun for young students and makes their educational experiences more exciting than traditional techniques. In turn, enriching their learning progress as they study online in the comfort of their home.
IWS strives to promote socialisation between our international students by organising extracurricular events and social events throughout the academic year. We also have a summer camp, student council, and other activities students can participate in during their free time.
Besides this, students studying the same courses receive group assignments and team projects regularly. These support interpersonal communication skills and team leadership qualities in our learners. Activities in these digital classrooms are recorded and monitored for maximum online safety. In addition to this, we provide social media training to ensure that all student interactions occur within safe boundaries.
You will need to undertake your own investigations into whether homeschooling is allowed in the country you are looking to work/live in.
This would also apply to any comparison between the English education system and other education systems around the world.
IWS staff are specialists in the English education system only.
We do not offer any subjects at present that are taught in different languages besides English, as we follow a British curriculum and all lessons are in English.
Yes, we have a Parent Portal that keeps families updated with academic progress and school-related activities. In addition to this, you can review teacher feedback and commentary on assigned work to track your child’s performance in class.
Moreover, teachers correspond with parents through term meetings and on other occasions to overcome learning challenges/disciplinary problems.
Yes, they can use the Parent Portal to contact designated subject teachers. You can view teacher names on your child’s timetable. Then send them a message via portal to ask questions about learner progress, clarification on feedback or inquiries on upcoming assessments.
Yes, we assign students in smaller groups for weekly classes by academic year and the subjects you choose for the online programme. Learners that attend live lessons and assemblies will naturally come to know their virtual classmates. We also assign group projects to encourage team collaboration.
Apart from this, parents can allow IWS students (aged 13+) can sign up to our social media platform (Yammer). The virtual network allows them to form friendships outside the classroom in a relaxed setting. In addition to this, we have a student council that meets regularly and organises different events during the academic year.
IWS hosts extracurricular activities and events in the UK for each term. International students and local learners can participate in these events as per the availability.
Curriculum and Lessons
We only hire teachers who have “Qualified Teaching Status” given by the Department of Education of the UK. We train the teaching staff and conduct live demos before registration to ensure your child receives the best education possible.
Our teachers use the Cambridge curriculum as a reference to plan lessons and create yearly assessments to monitor academic growth.
IWS offers 18 different subjects for IGCSE students. Kindly browse through our Upper Secondary programme to find relevant courses.
IGCSE students can take as many courses as they want. However, we advise IWS students to select core packages depending on their key stage.
These are as follows:
Key Stage 3: 10 Core Subjects
Key Stage 4: 7 Core Subjects
Key Stage 5: 4 Core Subjects
Our students can take more subjects to expand their academic profile. We only advise you to consider the time and energy required for preparation beforehand. That way, you won’t be overwhelmed with end-of-term assignments and tests at a later stage.
Yes, GCSEs are only applicable for UK learners while IGCSEs are designed for international learners. The key differences lie in the relevancy of the topics taught at each key stage. For example, non-native speakers might not read the same English literature texts as students in the UK due to the difference in language proficiency. Likewise, topics discussed in History and Geography may vary due to cultural differences.
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You can access course materials from your respective student portals. There are no additional charges for these ebooks and additional study packs.
25 lessons for KS3 and KS4 The number of lessons depends on the subject selections at KS5.
Real-time lessons last for 55 minutes.
As a Cambridge international school, we accommodate time zone differences by creating flexible schedules for our students. Live classes are conducted in the morning and evening (UK time). We synchronise timetabled schedules according to your time zones and have pre-recorded self-study lessons to fill up the rest of the timetable.
There are at most 17 students in each class. It’s an appropriate amount that works with an interactive format where the class gets divided into groups for presentations and activities. Alternatively, the small strength ensures that each learner receives one-on-one attention to overcome personal learning challenges whenever required.
One of the biggest advantages of online learning is flexibility. IWS students have 24/7 access to recorded lessons in case they miss a class in real-time.
However, we request parents to send a notification in real-time or the day before through the Parent Portal. It will allow teachers to check on those students when they resume real-time classes to ensure they are up to date with the lessons they missed.
We have timetabled live lessons that are recorded in real-time. Students can participate in class by using a microphone or our online classroom chat room. These lessons are moved to a recorded archive accessible on the student panel at the end of the session.
We recommend regular attendance for assemblies and live lessons as it creates a structured learning environment for online students. If your time zone doesn’t allow this, you can register your child as a library learner to access recorded lessons. Library learners can study at an individual pace and use the student portal to ask for assistance from the appointed course coordinator.
Yes, IWS students can correspond with subject teachers and the Senior Leader of Learning (SLOL) request assistance. Our teaching faculty ensure that urgent queries are addressed as soon as possible.
However, teachers overlooking multiple classes might take longer to reply than others. Students are requested to wait patiently and send a follow-up email if they don’t receive a response within seven school days.
Our online learning management system allows teachers to enforce firm boundaries for students who misbehave in class. IWS teachers mute microphones, restrict access to general chat and private chat to prevent these students to cause interruptions. If the students continue to misbehave, teachers have the right to stop them from accessing the virtual classroom until they apologise and promise to be on their best behaviour in the next lessons.
IWS students understand the consequences and maintain class decorum at all times.
Please read our Admissions Policy and Applying IWS page for assistance. You can contact the Admissions Team for further clarifications.
Yes, parents (and guardians) need to upload:
- Birth certificate of the child (or children) applying to IWS /Passport.
- Proof of address (like a bank statement, driving licence, council tax bill or a copy of your residential utility bill).
Kindly note that you need to send a current utility bill/bank statement to confirm validity. Otherwise, we will not accept your application. Once approved, IWS parents sign an e-contract to confirm enrollment. Scanning or printing the contract isn’t necessary.
Yes, we welcome international students regardless of their locations. Kindly note that our live lessons are conducted between ( 7:15 and 14:45 UK time). We request parents to consider availability during these times before enrolling in our Cambridge international school programmes.
Our teaching faculty comprises UK-qualified teachers who speak fluent English. We teach all our online courses in English, including modern languages.
Therefore, we expect IWS applicants to have a basic understanding of the English language to attend our classes without any difficulties. International students who are not fluent can improve their language skills within weeks by regular interaction in our digital classrooms. In addition to this, we offer English as Second Language as part of our curriculum to support international learners.
It’s possible to enrol in our Year 11 programme even if the prospective student went to a different school as long as they were studying for the same board exams (i.e. CAIE). That’s because IGCSE courses are two-year programmes.
If a student enrols from a different board they will have to catch up with Year 10 lessons. They will have to work independently to learn missed lessons by accessing the educational resources (PowerPoints and supplementary material) and simultaneously work on Year 11 subjects to prepare for upcoming board exams.
Therefore, we recommend enrolling in our IGCSE programme from Year 10 to receive full support from our UK qualified teachers and comprehensive lesson plans.
IGCSE courses are two-year programmes. Unless the student has studied for the same CAIE subjects in their previous school
Prospective students who studied IGCSE in KS4 classes need to pass a minimum of five IGCSEs courses (with A* to C grades). Learners should receive a good grade in subjects they want to study at A levels.
On the other hand, students that are new to the CAIE must have passing marks in equivalent subjects. In addition to this, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with an IWS career counsellor to select A-level subjects that align with academic interests, strengths and professional goals. Choosing the right courses can result in a more rewarding learning experience at our British online school.
Moreover, students will receive the right educational training to prepare themselves for further studies.
We adhere to the CAIE curriculum and are affiliated with their board of examinations. Most Commonwealth countries accept and recognise our education system. We request parents to research academic rules and regulations (concerning online schooling and CAIE) in their residential state before enrollment.
Yes, IWS creates equal and engaging educational pathways for learners with special needs. Unlike a conventional classroom setting, your child can catch up with missed classes by accessing our recorded lessons from the student portal. In addition to this, they can contact subject coordinators via a private chatroom for extra help whenever required.
In this way, students can receive extra attention without feeling awkward in front of their virtual classmates.
Yes, students with ADHD or those on an autistic spectrum can reap the benefits of online learning. They have access to a combination of live lessons to support social interaction and an archive to watch recorded lessons whenever they need. These educational resources enable them to learn at an individual pace with ease.
Our UK qualified teachers are available for one-on-one support when required
Besides this, IWS teachers monitor student interactions to ensure that other learners don’t misbehave in class (i.e. bullying or ridiculing students with special needs). Teachers can limit student access to control private chat and mute microphones to prevent class disruption. Additionally, teachers can ensure that only they can view student responses to give each student a chance to participate in class without feeling anxious.
In this way, they can enjoy a hybrid learning environment that doesn’t separate them from other learners.
More importantly, we are collaborating with Statements of Special Educational Needs to provide proper educational support for your child.
Yes, it’s possible.
However, parents should take the workload into consideration. In the long term, coping with dual programmes might lead to burnout and fatigue. Consequently, this can affect intellectual development and interest in studies. It can also influence their interpersonal skills as the children spend more time keeping up with assignments compared to pursuing extracurricular interests or interacting with peers.
Our British online school recommends an internet speed of up to 4 Mbps to upload study assignments and relevant materials. You will need a faster speed (approx. 8 Mbps) for downloading purposes.
Families can check their internet speed online from FAST (https://fast.com/en/gb/) or a similar regional website that offers such services.
School Fees and Financing
Registered parents will receive an invoice for the tuition fees at the start of the term. The invoice includes the total amount and due date and other relevant details. You can pay the tuition fee via bank transfer. We will share the account details via invoice.
You can contact our finance department for more information.
We request parents (and guardians) to pay the tuition fees for a term in full before the term begins. You may opt for a monthly instalment plan if any financial issues might make lump sum payments inconvenient.
You can visit the school fees page for further details.
No, the tuition fees don’t include examination costs for your external Cambridge exams.
Yes, we offer a sibling discount as follows:
- discount for 2 siblings – 5% for each student;
- discount for 3 siblings – 10% for each student;
- discount for 4 or more siblings – 15% for each student;
Examination and University Applications
We assess students at the start of each academic year to predict IGCSE and A-Level performance by standardised CEM Tests. Progress reports are used to set learning objectives for individual students and parent-teacher meetings are conducted to ensure parents are aware of each learner’s progress. We use these assessments to assist students who might be falling behind their peers in specific subjects.
Yes, IWS students can sit for mock examinations online.
Students sitting for mock exams will receive an exam timetable and limited submission time to assess their academic progress accurately. We use the results of these trial examinations to help IGCSE, AS and A-level students overcome their weaknesses and prepare for the final board exams.
Year 11, 12 and 13 students can sit for exams in a regional exam centre approved by the Cambridge Education Board. International students are registered under our name and given relevant information to prepare and appear for their board examinations.
The board offers access support to learners with special needs.
Kindly contact the Administration Team for further inquiries.
No. Our Cambridge international online school allows you to take lessons and promote to higher grades at the comfort of your home even if you live across the world.
Depending on where you sit the exams you would need to discuss with the centre the provision for access arrangements.
No, IWS doesn’t provide access arrangements for CAIE exams. You need to request your local exam centre for required support. If you need further clarification on this topic, you can contact our Exams Team via email (email@example.com)
We are accredited to deliver Cambridge Assessment International Education(CAIE).
CAIE programmes have a well-earned reputation as outstanding preparation for university, career, and life in general, and for good reason.
We use the Cambridge Assessment International Education board for A-Levels.
In most cases, students will appear for two board exams per qualification. Typically a short response paper and a longer examination paper for detailed assessment. Conversely, some subjects might require only one board exam paper (e.g. AS Politics).
Yes, IWS students will receive a The General Certificate of Education Advanced Level after they pass their board exams. The certificate is accepted by universities in the UK and beyond.
IWS students enrolled in secondary classes will receive an end of year school report. We have received accreditation from Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) board. That means our academic results will be recognised by the UK government and educational institutions in other regions. In 81 countries, Cambridge credentials are recognised by more than 1900 institutions.
On the other hand, IGCSE and A-level students will receive a globally-recognised certificate from the CAIE like other students sitting the exam.
Yes, we offer accredited IGCSEs and A-Levels courses accepted by universities in the UK and worldwide.
Nevertheless, many international education boards have different criteria regarding this. We strongly advise you to consult the prospective universities beforehand to limit complications during the application process.
If your child leaves IWS before completing upper secondary classes, they will not receive any official certificates or qualifications.
However, IWS does provide a letter of registration for the next school. The letter included relevant details like the Key Stage and grade the child completed and the duration of enrolment at our school. You can access individual progress reports via the Parent Portal.
Since IWS follows the UK national schooling system, your child can receive admission in schools following the same curriculum (or equivalent courses).