Sparx, an Exeter-based learning technology company has won an Education Resource Award in the category of ‘Collaboration between School and Supplier’, in recognition of its partnership with the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust.
Announced on the 22nd March, the award recognises how the partnership has helped thousands of local schoolchildren to improve their skills and confidence in maths through the use of innovative teaching technology.
The Ted Wragg Trust is a six school multi-academy trust responsible for the education of over 3000 children aged between two and 16 years. For the past eight years, Sparx has worked with a number of schools in the Trust to investigate how children learn maths. Based on this, they created an approach to learning maths that automatically sets maths lessons and personalised homework to meet the needs of each student in a class.
The approach, which involves pupils completing both online tasks and bookwork, is proving extremely popular with teachers and students alike. It is saving each teacher around two hours a week on admin, planning, and marking and students are more motivated and confident in the subject. So far, more than 80,000 hours of maths work has been delivered to students through Sparx in the classroom and at home.
Moira Marder, CEO of The Ted Wragg Trust, congratulated Sparx and said: “This award is truly deserved and we are proud to be partnering with them to deliver and develop innovative teaching methods using the latest technology. The most significant impact noticed by teachers is that students have become more confident and independent learners. We’re delighted to have been a part of this ongoing project, and to have had the chance to make a real impact on students, working alongside Sparx to develop the approach.”s
Dan Sandhu, CEO of Sparx commented: “We are delighted to receive this award for collaboration as working closely with schools, in close partnership is the key to delivering successful learning technologies. In being open to new ideas and new methods of teaching the Ted Wragg Trust has given its pupils the opportunity to reach their potential. As a result, we are seeing improved results and fresh confidence in maths across classrooms in Devon. Collaboration is essential in designing and delivering innovative ways to make learning better. That’s why this award is so important to us."