Independent Evaluation of the Third Space Learning’s Online Maths Tuition Service – A cluster randomised controlled trial.

The Education Endowment Foundation has funded the University of York and Durham University to evaluate the Online Maths Tuition intervention being delivered by Third Space Learning (TSL) and supported by Nesta between 2014 and 2016.

This intervention will provide one to one support for pupils during sessions lasting one hour. Class teachers identify areas of development for each pupil and select modules which help to address these needs. Online sessions are available throughout the school day, providing teachers the flexibility to engage with the intervention. The intervention is delivered via online tutors trained in the UK National Curriculum and based in India. All sessions are recorded and teachers have access to all recordings for their pupils, thus enabling teachers to monitor their pupil’s progress and identify any other needs.

The intervention aims to help improve pupils’ maths skills while in their final year at primary school (Year 6), especially the maths skills of pupils who are currently working at KS2 Level 3 or an insecure KS2 Level 4.

The main research question for this project is: What is the effectiveness of the Online Maths Tuition programme compared with 'business as usual' on the maths skills of participating children?

Final report


Funder(s): Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) 
Start Date: February 2014
Expiry Date:  February 2016


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External Collaborators

Trials and Statistics Research in the Department of Health Sciences