My bottom set Year 7 can barely read. Neither can they understand a great deal if it's not broken down, simplified, repeated and put into context. They will watch a mini documentary aimed at their level (CBeebies) and STILL ask what it was about. How will an online package suit them? Or do they not matter? What about the students who struggle to sit still? The naughty ones that need to be persuaded to work? The ones with so much going on in their lives that sitting in front of a computer will just lead them staring into the screen, brains working overtime to work out their next move, or how to look after mum and pick the siblings up and cook dinner and still be 13? Who will catch them? I studied with the Open University, I know what it takes to be motivated enough to complete an online course. Secondary students don't (in my experience) usually have that level of motivation without support and being able to see a human reaction to their work.