Sparx, the socially focused learning technology company, has today announced the appointment of Dr Rebecca Winthrop to its Advisory Panel, which provides expert guidance on education policy and practice, data and research ethics, and the impact of education technology.

Dr Winthrop is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at The Brookings Institution, a non-profit public policy organisation based in Washington, DC and founded in 1916. Her role is focused on advising governments, international institutions, foundations, and corporations on education issues, and she has written widely on the role of education innovation to accelerate progress and policy. Previously, she was Head of Education at the International Rescue Committee where her role included leading their work in over 20 conflict-affected countries and helping to develop global policy in the field of education in emergencies.

Dr Winthrop’s expertise in global education, coupled with her commitment to impact led education technology, is highly relevant and will enable Sparx to continue its evidence-based development of edtech solutions.

As a member of Sparx’ Advisory Panel, Dr Winthrop’s role will be to provide independent oversight and to challenge Sparx as it works towards its mission to improve the life opportunities of 5 million learners by 2030.

In addition, Dan Sandhu, CEO of Sparx has joined CUE’s Leadership Council, offering expertise to help further the centre’s mission to develop and disseminate effective solutions for quality education and skills development.

Commenting on Dr Winthrop’s appointment Dan Sandhu, CEO of Sparx said: “We are thrilled to welcome Dr Winthrop to our team. Her unique, global perspective gained working in some of the most challenging environments will be invaluable, as will her continual focus on the need for evidence of impact. Her appointment to our Advisory Panel also signals an exciting chapter for Sparx as we seek to broaden our impact globally, for the benefit of learners across the world.”

Dr Winthrop added, “At CUE, our team focuses on conducting innovative research and generating real solutions to achieve quality learning for all. One important strategy for that is engaging with
organisations from all over the world that champion evidence-based edtech. Sparx exemplifies that model, working with schools to ensure demonstrable impact of its technology while supporting open research throughout the education community. I look forward to supporting Sparx on its continued mission to positively impact the lives of learners all over the world.”

Dr Winthrop will join two existing Sparx Advisory Panel members;
● Joe Ludlow – Impact Investment Director at UFI, previously Impact Investment Director at Nesta leading a £17.6m fund for innovative social ventures.
● Julian Huppert – Director of the Intellectual Forum at Cambridge University and previously a Member of Parliament known for his work on data privacy.