One to one tuition is a well-established method for supporting children to maximise their learning.
With new technology comes new ways to facilitate this type of learning, and Nesta is working with Third Space Learning to explore the potential of remote one-to-one tuition to support primary age children at risk of underachievement in mathematics.
We are running a large randomised controlled trial, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, to ascertain what the impact of this type of tutoring is.
For the past 18 months, we have been working with 60 primary schools to compare the achievement of children receiving the tutoring alongside their normal teaching with those whose mathematics is supported through traditional class teaching. So far we have worked with Third Space Learning to deliver tutoring to a random sample of half of our schools, and York Trials Unit are leading an evaluation of the impact it has made on student results. The 'control group' schools are now recieving tutoring in return for their support of the project.
This research is being conducted to contribute to the EEF toolkit, a tool to support schools to make informed decisions about the educational initiatives they implement to ensure the highest level of impact for their students.
Findings will be posted here when they are available, likely spring 2016.