Let’s put the M back into STEM

In this blog, Andrew Blackie – Head of Partnerships at Sparx – talks about the increasing need to raise the profile of mathematics in relation to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). “Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them, they...
How do we tackle the problem of ‘maths anxiety’?

How do we tackle the problem of ‘maths anxiety’?

A new study from the University of Cambridge says that ‘maths anxiety’ is causing school children to suffer high anxiety, leading to poorer results in the subject. Dr Georgie Hart, our Education Director, believes the first step is to change the way we talk about...
Personalised Learning

Personalised Learning

Making learning technologies deeply personal and human-centred Technology has the undeniable ability to transform and improve lives – and it is here to stay. But, before we allow ourselves to be swept away by this statement, education technology has a chequered...
The Impact of Innumeracy

The Impact of Innumeracy

If it is not acceptable to say “I can’t read or write”, why is it okay to proudly wear poor numeracy skills as a badge of honour?  The consequences of innumeracy – or mathematical illiteracy – has stealthily infiltrated society and industry for countless generations....
The Attainment Gap

The Attainment Gap

Socio-economic status continues to be the dominant factor in predicting a child’s progress at school and how well they prosper during adulthood. Unsurprisingly, the educational performance of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in England today is significantly...
Teacher Workload and Wellbeing

Teacher Workload and Wellbeing

Today, teacher workload is at an all-time high. The volume of burdensome and unnecessary tasks has reached unprecedented levels, while important aspects such as planning, marking and data management have become all-consuming, leading many teachers to burnout. A recent...

New Approach to Personalised Learning

A new approach to personalised learning could be the solution to halting the increasing educational gap between under-privileged and privileged children, according to one of the country’s leading education business experts. Personalised learning – an approach...