The Countess of Mar tabled a written question asking how the Governmeny plan to protect the funding for virtual education courses for young people over the age of 16 with ME/chronic fatigue syndrome which were previously funded by the Learning and Skills Council through the Nisai Virtual Academy, given that the Young People’s Learning Agency refuses to recognise the Nisai Virtual Academy as a provider while local education authorities providing education for under 16s do recognise the academy.
In a written reply on 15 November 2010, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Schools Lord Hill answered:
The Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) has informed the Department for Education that following the receipt of an application from NISAI Virtual Academy (on 28 September 2010), the YPLA is currently considering NISAI Virtual Academy as a new provider through its process for considering new independent specialist providers for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. It expects to make a decision by next spring.
In the mean time young people are able to access provision from the NISAI Virtual Academy via an arrangement with Harrow College, which is funded by the YPLA.