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Maths Tuition (Third Learning Space)

No impact for Primary maths

Intervention description

Third Space Learning is an organisation which offers online one-to-one maths tuition for primary school pupils. Teachers choose the number of pupils who will participate and set a day and time which suits their timetable. They then select individual learning outcomes from a curriculum map (as well as any additional comments about which methods should be used, for example). Pupils then communicate one-to-one with their tutor through a headset. Each session lasts 45 minutes. Reports are generated from the sessions, which help teachers to track their pupils' progress and suggest next steps.

The tutors are maths graduates from India who are recruited and trained by Third Space Learning - they have partnered with the Institute of Education for training and professional development. Each pupil keeps the same tutor each week, and sessions are recorded and observed by the Third Space Learning academic team to identify best practice.

Staffing requirements

Each session takes place under the supervision of a Session Administrator (often a teaching assistant or IT technician), and up to 10 pupils can take part in a session.

Evidence Summary

The Education Endowment Foundation recently ran a project in 2016 investigating the effectiveness of Maths Tuition from Third Space Learning, which did not show it to be effective. The study found a mean effect size of -0.03 for primary maths.

No impact for Primary maths
No. of studies 1
No. of students 600
Average effect size -0.03

Key research

The Education Endowment Foundation evaluation found no evidence that the intervention had an impact on Key Stage 2 maths, compared with ‘business as usual’ teaching and support in Year 6

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