During a visit to Cranbrook Education Campus on Friday 24th May, Sir Hugo Swire – KCGM, MP for East Devon – learned first-hand how local schoolchildren are benefitting from the latest in innovative education technologies. Sir Hugo joined Year 7 students who are using technology developed by Exeter-based company Sparx to inspire and empower them to achieve more in maths.
During a tour led by Stephen Farmer, Head of Campus at Cranbrook and Dan Sandhu, CEO of Sparx, Sir Hugo discussed how partnerships between schools and technologists are vital in developing impactful educational solutions. Cranbrook is one of several schools in the Ted Wragg Trust that learning technology company Sparx has partnered with to develop a new personalised approach to learning maths.
Using Sparx' technology, teachers at Cranbrook are able to set maths lessons and personalised homework to meet the needs of each student in a class. As well as improving results and confidence in maths for students, Sparx is saving each teacher around two hours a week on admin, planning, and marking, allowing them to focus on students' needs.
Commenting during the visit, Sir Hugo said:
"Children are growing up in a new age of technology, and seeing local schools have access to the very latest in educational technologies means students are getting the very best this new era has to offer. The technology being developed here in Devon is testament to the talent on our doorstep, and the ambition of schools such as Cranbrook to deliver more for students. With the Department for Education recently releasing its Education Technology strategy, I am proud to see local partnerships like this act as a beacon of innovation in education that the whole country can learn from.”
Dan Sandhu, CEO of Sparx added:
“Government’s engagement with education technology is essential in ensuring that students across the UK benefit from innovative, proven approaches to learning. We are delighted that Sir Hugo was able to see such innovation at work and are encouraged by his enthusiasm. Cranbrook is just one of the schools across Devon that is using Sparx to improve students’ results and build confidence in maths, while also supporting teachers to deliver the best they can. We are looking forward to bringing the learnings and successes from this partnership to more schools across Devon, and beyond!”