Sparx' technology in use in an Exeter classroom

Sparx funds University of Bristol PhD student investigating personalised maths learning

Authored by AmySutton
Posted: Fri, 10/02/2020 - 12:15pm

The University of Bristol is today announcing a new supporter of Compass – the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Computational Statistics and Data Science. South West based learning technology company Sparx, has agreed to sponsor a PhD student’s research project which will investigate new approaches to longitudinal statistical modelling within school-based mathematics education.

Sparx, which is located in Exeter, develops maths learning tools to support teaching and learning in secondary education. As an evidence-led company, Sparx has invested heavily in researching how...

Elizabeth McCallum, who is a family barrister and co-founder of Children in the Middle.

Education and wellbeing of children remains as important as ever after lockdown

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 09/07/2020 - 12:25pm

A WESTCOUNTRY legal practice which specialises in child-focused family law says a youngster’s education and wellbeing is now more important than ever after the COVID-19 lockdown (September 2020).

It was recently revealed by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) that children from wealthier families were spending more time studying during the pandemic than poorer children.

Family barrister, Elizabeth McCallum, who co-founded the legal service, Children in the Middle®, with fellow Exeter barrister Sarah Evans, says: “Understandably, parents have had a lot to worry about...

Colin Hegarty, as Education and Schools Director at Sparx

Award-winning maths teacher, Colin Hegarty to take a leading role at Exeter edtech Sparx

Authored by AmySutton
Posted: Wed, 08/26/2020 - 11:36am

Sparx, the socially focused learning technology company focused on improving numeracy around the world, has today announced the appointment of Colin Hegarty as Education and Schools Director.

As Education and Schools Director, Colin will spearhead the Sparx Family’s UK schools strategy, working closely with individual schools and groups of schools to understand their needs, as well as collaborating with educators to deliver maths learning technologies that generate measurable impact.

As an award-winning maths teacher and founder of HegartyMaths, which became a part of the...

South Devon UTC students celebrate impressive GCSE results

South Devon University Technical College (UTC) has demonstrated that its impressive post 16 results, celebrated last week, are no flash in the pan. Students in Year 11 are also celebrating after receiving notable GCSE results.

Newton Abbot’s pioneering technical college opened its doors from 8:30am this morning for the scientists and engineers of the future to collect their exam results. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, GCSE exams were cancelled this year, so exam boards have instead given out grades based on assessments and rankings supplied by the teachers at South Devon UTC....

Newton Abbot business welcomes mental health announcement

Authored by lizparks
Posted: Mon, 06/08/2020 - 12:19pm

A South Devon business which trains teachers to support the emotional and social development of children has welcomed a government announcement of new online resources for schools and colleges to boost mental health support for staff and pupils.

Thrive, based at Seale Hayne, near Newton Abbot, has welcomed news of grants worth more than £750,000 for the Diana Award, the Anti-Bullying Alliance and the Anne Frank Trust to help schools and colleges build relationships between pupils, boost their resilience, and continue to tackle bullying both in person and online.


Student and teacher using Sparx on tablet computer

Sparx welcomes Tim Oates CBE to its Advisory Board

Authored by AmySutton
Posted: Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:49pm

Sparx , the socially focused learning technology company, has today announced the appointment of Tim Oates CBE as the latest member of its Advisory Board.

Tim has had a 30-year career dedicated to educational research and is currently the Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment. Prior to this, he was Head of Research and Statistics at the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency. He was awarded a CBE for services to education in 2015.

Tim’s expertise and experience in educational research, and his passion for evidence-based pedagogy, will...

Charity rolls out Free accredited online activity sessions for disabled children across UK 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/19/2020 - 10:37am

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has announced that it is to extend its programme of online activity sessions, for disabled children, across the UK.

The 'LifeSkills' programme, open to disabled children and those with additional needs aged 8-18, will be delivered through online video calls, three times a week, and has been designed to encourage children and their families to participate in activities outside a school setting.

“The activity sessions, currently only available in...

Dartmoor launches online 'learning in lockdown' for home education

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 04/28/2020 - 11:19pm

Dartmoor National Park has launched a new ‘ learning in lockdown ’ digital hub to help inspire and educate people about the National Park's special landscape and what can be found there. The free online resources are aimed at supporting children, parents and teachers as we all continue to observe ' stay at home ' measures due to the Covid-19 emergency. Developed by Dartmoor National Park Authority, the ' learning in lockdown ' hub is rich with lively, fun and fascinating multi-media content so people can teach and learn about nature, the environment around them and remain connected to...

Exeter EdTech company Sparx scoops prestigious award for its approach to maths learning

Authored by AmySutton
Posted: Mon, 04/06/2020 - 12:47pm

Sparx, the Exeter-based socially focused learning technology company has been named ‘Supplier of the Year’ at this year’s Education Resources Awards (ERA’s) for its innovative approach to maths learning and its focus on evidence-based technologies.

The ERA’s reward quality educational resources and aim to raise the standard of services and products by highlighting excellence in the industry. This year, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the winners were announced at a virtual awards ceremony on 27 March 2020.

An expert panel of judges selected Sparx as the winner in the ‘...

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Ten top tips for home schooling

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 03/25/2020 - 8:50pm

Are you one of the many parents homeschooling since schools closed? Do you have a sharpened sense of respect for the teaching profession? Are those long summer holidays teachers enjoy looking less of a perk and more of a necessity?

Well, fear not, here are some home schooling tips for stressed out parents.

Ten top home-schooling tips