Virtual teachers are being sought for a virtual classroom, to be launched this term. Vu2 Media will provide online classroom services for excluded children. Pupils will be offered 10 hours of lessons a week in English, maths and ICT, delivered entirely over the internet.
Daryl Pride, director of Vu2 Media, said: "Teachers will not have face-to-face relationships with these pupils, but they will know how they are getting on."
Children will be able to access classes at home, in libraries, in pupil-referral units and from hospital. Each virtual classroom will consist of up to 15 key stage 4 pupils, who will log on to a webcast lesson simultaneously. Group discussions will be conducted in online chatrooms, and short tests delivered via text message.
Vu2 Media is looking to build up a virtual staffroom of at least 20 teachers. So far, nine have been recruited across 25 local authorities. VU2 Media is also hoping to recruit teachers for a virtual service for home-schooled primary children, to be launched in May.