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Sparx Maths

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What is Sparx Maths?

In the classroom and at home, Sparx Maths is a complete solution that improves students’ progress in maths through personalised learning and reduces teacher workload.

Teachers receive fully resourced lessons, the ability to pause and progress students' tasks during the lesson, and real-time insights into class and student progress. Sparx provides detailed lesson outlines, supported by thousands of carefully crafted questions and video tutorials – covering the KS3 and GCSE curricula – that encourage independent learning.

Students receive personalised homework which is challenging but achievable for them, improving their progress and attainment in maths. Homework is aligned to the scheme of learning (SoL) the school is following and is automatically set and marked every week.

And, parents/carers are automatically engaged through a weekly email which links to a video tutorial that they can watch, empowering them to help their child with homework.

After the implementation of Sparx Maths:

● Homework completion rates soar; in one case from under 20% to over 95%

● Students make 65% more progress using Sparx

● Disadvantaged students make equal progress to non-disadvantaged students – halting the attainment gap

● Teachers save on average 5 hours per week (based on 10 classes per week)

Recommended Usage

40 minutes per week minimum

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Educational Impact

improve attainment
78%
improve teaching efficiency
78%
reduce teacher workload
75%
improve parent engagement
64%
reduce attainment gap
56%

Case Studies

Feb 2021

Albert Primary School, Penarth, UK

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Feb 2021

Tewkesbury CofE Primary School, Tewkesbury, UK

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Feb 2021

Whitehills Primary School, Northampton, UK

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Feb 2021

Talbot Heath School for Girls, Bournemouth, UK

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CompanyHQ Location: United Kingdom
Founded: 2010
Age Range11-13, 14-16
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Requirements

Students will need an internet connection for homework. If you plan to use Sparx Maths in school, you will also need access to the internet and devices for each student.

Training

Customers on the four week trial will be provided with two informational handouts – one for the teacher and one for the student – which will explain how the system works.

Sparx Maths Pricing


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Sparx Maths Reviews

2.55 out of 5

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Sparx Maths has collected 3 reviews in the past 6 months

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Heidi

Miss

Chipping Sodbury School, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Used Sparx Maths weekly for 0–3 months

Sep 2022

Sparx maths is a very clever system with very clever technology. It's easy to understand but extremely tedious for children. My child does not look forward to doing her homework and that, for me, is the greatest disadvantage.

Heidi found Sparx Maths:
  • Not significantly reduces teacher workload
    Sparx maths automatically marks work which will save teacher's time.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    N/A
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency
    It requires minimum work for teachers
  • Not significantly improves parent engagement
    Sparx maths does not have any parent engagement features and does not allow parents to support their child's homework
  • Moderately improves attainment
    N/A
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John Reed

Head Teacher

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA), United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Used Sparx Maths daily for 5 years+

Sep 2022

Very annoying app, students find hard to use, very unreliable.

John Reed found Sparx Maths:
  • Not reduces teacher workload
    Makes the job harder.
  • Not reduces attainment gap
  • Not improves teaching efficiency
  • Not improves parent engagement
  • Not improves attainment
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Abigail

Second in Maths

Used Sparx Maths weekly for 1-2 years

May 2022

Sparx is significantly better than our previous homework platform. We have had lots of positive comments from both parents and students.

Abigail found Sparx Maths:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Automatic emails sent home to parents to update them on whether their students have completed their homework or not
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    No significant impact seen yet
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
    We have only used for homework
  • Significantly improves parent engagement
    Parent emails sent home automatically
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Students' recap and recall of knowledge improves
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Philippa Stevens

Second in Maths

Used Sparx Maths for 5 years

Jun 2020

The time saving nature and flexibility of the SoL

Philippa Stevens found Sparx Maths:
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Yes. Evidence in pre and post testing .
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Time saving nature
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    PLanning & marking
  • Moderately improves parental engagement
    Parents are more aware of what the students have and haven't done.
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Jo Williams

Deputy Team Leader

Used Sparx Maths for 18 months

Jun 2020

Sparx has transformed my teaching and the engagement in maths of the students at our school. More students are doingmaths outside of the classroom-that can only be a good thing!

Jo Williams found Sparx Maths:
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Projected grades for Y9 are higher for those who do more sparx than those who don't (including target and optional)
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    less time needed to get resources for lessons
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    i have more time to support students rather than just plan their lessons
  • Significantly improves parental engagement
    lots of parent emails
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Lauren Searley

Teacher of Mathematics with responsibility for KS3

Used Sparx Maths for 6 months

Jun 2020

We look forward to continuing our work with you and bringing this into the classroom.

Lauren Searley found Sparx Maths:
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Can't say.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    Can't know
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Able to see how students are doing and interact when needed rather than assuming knowledge or lack of.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Quick to set. Gives students a variety of types of questions. No need to mark. Specific feedback is possible.
  • Slightly improves parental engagement
    Do not know
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Adele Searle

Mathematics Teacher

Used Sparx Maths Homework for 10 months

Jun 2019

Sparx homework allows pupils to learn effectively, with confidence and builds on prior knowledge whilst providing a stimulating and motivational learning environment.

Adele Searle found Sparx Maths Homework:
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Sparx homework ensures that pupils gain a deep understanding of the Mathematics curriculum whilst extending their ability and skills. The bespoke homework distributes practice over time and supports their development and fluency in key topics. This is a necessary factor in building motivation and attainment and Sparx homework supports pupil progress.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Sparx homework allows pupils to gain a deeper understanding, make connections and provides vital practice in problem-solving. All pupils make progress with a combination of consolidation and practice. Pupils are given individualised learning programmes and opportunities for stretch and challenge. They are able to learn with independence and confidence when using Sparx homework.
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Sparx homework 'Insights' provides detailed information on questions which will 'help the class' and also identifies areas where individual students need assistance. Teachers are given an answer summary, details of video useage and information on individual pupil targets.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Homework is set on a weekly basis for each class. The set tasks are bespoke, differentiated to suit individual learners, support classroom topics and reduce the need for teachers to create different resources to suit learners needs. Teachers have flexibility and reliability when using Sparx homework and workload is dramatically decreased.
  • Significantly improves parental engagement
    Parents are kept informed of homework via email and are given every opportunity to work as part of a triangular partnership whilst supporting their child's progress. Parent's evening feedback has been extremely positive and Sparx homework has been highly praised.
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Amy Watts

Deputy Team Leader of Maths

Used Sparx Maths Homework for Approximately 4 months

Jun 2019

I think that Sparx is really useful and has great potential with our students.

Amy Watts found Sparx Maths Homework:
  • Moderately improves attainment
    Not that come to the forefront at the moment. We are currently sitting the end of year assessments and will be able to use these as a comparison.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    Unsure at the moment.
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Use of common questions answered poorly as Silent Starter. Saves time planning and marking.
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Planning and marking of homework.
  • Slightly improves parental engagement
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Joanna Williams

Deputy Curriculum team leader

Used Sparx Maths Homework for 6 months

Jun 2019

Joanna Williams found Sparx Maths Homework:
  • Significantly improves attainment
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
  • Moderately improves parental engagement
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Pedagogy

Certified by Education Alliance Finland

EAF Evaluation is an academically-backed approach to evaluating the pedagogical design of a product. EAF evaluators assess the product using criteria that covers the most essential pedagogical aspects in the learning experience.
Passive
Active
Classtime offers interactions that give the teacher a freedom to design several options on how to learn. This way Classtime adapts to teachers' activities and needs. In order to progress the user is required to acquire and use new information. The different types of questions and settings allow the user to control the amount of engagement the pupils have to give to achieve the goals.
Rehearse
Construct
When used efficiently, Classtime features allow quite constructive learning experience, where the prior skills or knowledge needs to be used in conjunction with new. There are several ways for adding content and several interaction options, so the teacher can create tasks where the students can apply the knowledge they get. Rating one’s learning experience is a good reflection moment.
Linear
Non-linear/Creative
The answer-table on the teacher-screen is good enough for comparing the student's answers and their progress. The downloadable results are good, if you want them archived or printed out. The lesson progress can be scheduled accurately, and each session can be designed to have a clear start and finish. The solution provides accurately predictable learning outcomes: If the user thinks through his lesson and his questions, the outcome of the learners is highly predictable.
Individual
Collaborative
When playing individually, the user's progress depends only on the user's own action. The collaborative challenges also make the learners work together and compete against other users, and they are a fun way of creating a challenge. When playing individually, the user can act and progress autonomously and set their personal learning targets.

Learning goals

Certified by Education Alliance Finland

The supported learning goals are identified by mapping the product against the selected reference curriculum and soft skills definitions most relevant for the 21st century.

  • Practicing to set one's own learning goals
  • Learning about different languages
  • Supporting the growth of environmental awareness
  • Learning to face respectfully people and follow the good manners
  • Practicing to take care of one's own wellbeing and health
  • Building common knowledge of technological solutions and their meaning in everyday life
  • Getting familiar with different cultures
  • Practicing to find, evaluate and share information
  • Learning to view and consider media and advertising critically
  • Familiarizing with the influences of media and understanding its affordances
  • Practicing keyboard skills and touch typing
  • Learning the basics of spelling
  • Learning to plan and design own written content and textual representations
  • Practicing persistent working
  • Practicing to take responsibility of one's own learning
  • Learning to understand the meaning of rules, contracts and trust
  • Learning about cultural aspects and to respect different cultures
  • Learning about different countries and their characteristics
  • Practicing to notice causal connections
  • Learning to use foreign language in work context
  • Practicing to use foreign language as a communication tool
  • Practicing to notice links between subjects learned
  • Connecting subjects learned at school to skills needed at working life
  • Learning consumer knowledge and smart economics
  • Supporting student to build their own linguistic and cultural identity
  • Using technology to express one’s emotions and experiences
  • Using technology for interaction and collaboration (also internationally)
  • Using technology as a part of explorative process
  • Using technology resources for problem solving
  • Learning to build information on top of previously learned
  • Understanding technological system operations through making
  • Using technology as a part of explorative and creative process
  • Using technological resources for finding and applying information
  • Understanding and practicing safe and responsible uses of technology
  • Learning to understand people, surroundings and phenomenons around us
  • Learning to know and respect human rights
  • Using technology for interaction and collaboration
  • Learning to understand and interpret diverse types of texts
  • Practicing to take care of one's own and other people’s safety
  • Practicing to take care of own and other people’s safety
  • Developing problem solving skills
  • Learning to find solutions in social conflicts
  • Learning to recognise and evaluate arguments and their reasonings
  • Practicing to notice causal connections
  • Practicing to create questions and make justifiable arguments based on observations
  • Practicing to look things from different perspectives
  • Practicing to plan and execute studies, make observations and measurements
  • Practicing strategic thinking
  • Practicing to find ways of working that are best for oneself
  • Practicing to evaluate one's own learning
  • Learning to find the joy of learning and new challenges
  • Creating requirements for creative thinking
  • Practicing creative thinking
  • Practicing to improvise
  • Encouraging students to be innovative and express new ideas
  • Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
  • Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
  • Practicing to use arts as a way to express
  • Practicing to work with others
  • Practicing fine motor skills
  • Practicing to argument clearly own opinions and reasonings
  • Learning to listen other people’s opinions
  • Learning decision-making, influencing and accountability
  • Practicing communication through different channels
  • Practicing to express own thoughts and feelings
  • Practicing to give, get and reflect feedback
  • Enabling the growth of positive self-image
  • Encouraging positive attitude towards working life
  • Practicing time management
  • Learning to plan and organize work processes
  • Practicing decision making
  • Practicing versatile ways of working
  • Realizing the connection between subjects learned in free time and their impact to skills needed at worklife
  • Encouraging to build new information and visions
  • Encouraging to build new information and visions
  • Learning to combine information to find new innovations
  • Learning to face failures and disappointments
  • Practicing to recognize and express feelings
  • Recognizing habits that are good for sustainable living
  • Encouraging the growth of positive self-image
  • Practicing logical reasoning, algorithms and programming through making
  • Practicing to use information independently and interactively
  • Practicing letters, alphabets and written language
  • Practicing memorizing skills
  • Practicing categorization and classification
  • Practicing to observe spoken and written language
  • Practising visual recognition
  • Learning to notice causal connections
  • Practicing logical reasoning to understand and interpret information in different forms
  • Learning to understand and interpret diverse types of texts, from vernacular to academic
  • Experiencing and exploring sounds and music from different sources
  • Understanding concepts of music and familiarizing with different notations
  • Using technology as a part of explorative and creative process
  • Understanding and interpreting of matrices and diagrams
  • Learning to acquire, modify and produce information in different forms
  • Practising to understand visual concepts and shapes and observe their qualities
  • können einschätzen, wie schwer oder leicht ihnen die Aufgaben/Problemlösungen fallen werden.
  • können auf Lernwege zurückschauen, diese beschreiben und beurteilen.
  • Practicing to take responsibility of one's own learning
  • können Informationen vergleichen und Zusammenhänge herstellen (vernetztes Denken).
  • können übertragene Arbeiten sorgfältig, zuverlässig und pünktlich erledigen.
  • können aus Selbst- und Fremdeinschätzungen gewonnene Schlüsse umsetzen.
  • können eigene Einschätzungen und Beurteilungen mit solchen von aussen vergleichen und Schlüsse ziehen (Selbst- und Fremdeinschätzung).
  • können sich auf eine Aufgabe konzentrieren und ausdauernd und diszipliniert daran arbeiten.
  • können bekannte Muster hinter der Aufgabe/dem Problem erkennen und daraus einen Lösungsweg ableiten.
  • können eigenverantwortlich Hausaufgaben erledigen und sich auf Lernkontrollen vorbereiten.
  • können Fehler analysieren und über alternative Lösungen nachdenken.
  • kennen allgemeine und fachspezifische Lernstrategien und können sie nutzen.
  • Learning to find the joy of learning and new challenges
  • können verschiedene Formen der Gruppenarbeit anwenden.
  • Learning to listen other people’s opinions
  • Practicing to improvise
  • können aufmerksam zuhören und Meinungen und Standpunkte von andern wahrnehmen und einbeziehen.
  • können in der Gruppe und in der Klasse oder in einem Schülerrat Abmachungen aushandeln und Regeln einhalten.
  • können die Aufgaben- und Problemstellung sichten und verstehen und fragen bei Bedarf nach.
  • Practicing to give, get and reflect feedback
  • können die Qualität und Bedeutung der gesammelten und strukturierten Informationen abschätzen und beurteilen.
  • Learning to build information on top of previously learned
  • Encouraging to build new information and visions
  • Practicing to look things from different perspectives
  • Practicing to work with others
  • Practicing decision making
  • Using technology for interaction and collaboration
  • können sich Unterstützung und Hilfe holen, wenn sie diese benötigen.
  • Practicing memorizing skills
  • Practicing categorization and classification
  • Learning to face failures and disappointments
  • Practising visual recognition
  • Practicing persistent working
  • Understanding and interpreting of matrices and diagrams
  • Practicing to notice links between subjects learned
  • Practicing to evaluate one's own learning
  • Realizing the connection between subjects learned in free time and their impact to skills needed at worklife
  • Practicing logical reasoning to understand and interpret information in different forms
  • Learning to understand and interpret diverse types of texts, from vernacular to academic
  • Experiencing and exploring sounds and music from different sources
  • Understanding concepts of music and familiarizing with different notations
  • Using technology as a part of explorative and creative process
  • Learning to acquire, modify and produce information in different forms
  • Practising to understand visual concepts and shapes and observe their qualities
  • Learning to understand and interpret diverse types of texts
  • Practicing to use information independently and interactively
  • Practicing to find, evaluate and share information
  • Learning to view and consider media and advertising critically
  • Familiarizing with the influences of media and understanding its affordances
  • Practicing keyboard skills and touch typing
  • Learning the basics of spelling
  • Learning to plan and design own written content and textual representations
  • Building common knowledge of technological solutions and their meaning in everyday life
  • Using technology resources for problem solving
  • Understanding technological system operations through making
  • Using technology as a part of explorative and creative process
  • Using technological resources for finding and applying information
  • Understanding and practicing safe and responsible uses of technology
  • Practicing logical reasoning, algorithms and programming through making
  • Using technology to express one’s emotions and experiences
  • Using technology for interaction and collaboration (also internationally)
  • Using technology as a part of explorative process
  • Practicing letters, alphabets and written language
  • Practicing fine motor skills
  • Practicing to observe spoken and written language
  • Learning to notice causal connections
  • Practicing to find ways of working that are best for oneself
  • Practicing to set one's own learning goals
  • Creating requirements for creative thinking
  • Practicing creative thinking
  • Encouraging students to be innovative and express new ideas
  • Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
  • Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
  • Practicing to use arts as a way to express
  • Developing problem solving skills
  • Learning to find solutions in social conflicts
  • Learning to recognise and evaluate arguments and their reasonings
  • Practicing to notice causal connections
  • Practicing to create questions and make justifiable arguments based on observations
  • Practicing to plan and execute studies, make observations and measurements
  • Practicing strategic thinking
  • können neue Herausforderungen erkennen und kreative Lösungen entwerfen.
  • können sich aktiv und im Dialog an der Zusammenarbeit mit anderen beteiligen.
  • können die gesammelten Informationen strukturieren und zusammenfassen und dabei Wesentliches von Nebensächlichem unterscheiden.
  • Practicing to recognize and express feelings
  • Recognizing habits that are good for sustainable living
  • Supporting the growth of environmental awareness
  • Encouraging the growth of positive self-image
  • Practicing to take care of one's own wellbeing and health
  • Practicing to take care of one's own and other people’s safety
  • Practicing to take care of own and other people’s safety
  • Practicing to notice causal connections
  • Learning to combine information to find new innovations
  • Learning to know and respect human rights
  • Learning to face respectfully people and follow the good manners
  • Learning to understand people, surroundings and phenomenons around us
  • Getting familiar with different cultures
  • Learning about different languages
  • Supporting student to build their own linguistic and cultural identity
  • Encouraging to build new information and visions
  • Learning about cultural aspects and to respect different cultures
  • Learning about different countries and their characteristics
  • Practicing to argument clearly own opinions and reasonings
  • Learning decision-making, influencing and accountability
  • Practicing communication through different channels
  • Practicing to use foreign language as a communication tool
  • Learning to understand the meaning of rules, contracts and trust
  • Practicing to express own thoughts and feelings
  • Enabling the growth of positive self-image
  • Encouraging positive attitude towards working life
  • Learning to use foreign language in work context
  • Practicing time management
  • Learning consumer knowledge and smart economics
  • Learning to plan and organize work processes
  • Practicing versatile ways of working
  • Connecting subjects learned at school to skills needed at working life
  • Using technology as a part of explorative process
  • Using technology for interaction and collaboration (also internationally)
  • Using technology for interaction and collaboration
  • Using technological resources for finding and applying information
  • Using technology as a part of explorative and creative process
  • Encouraging to build new information and visions
  • Practicing keyboard skills and touch typing
  • Practicing to use information independently and interactively
  • Learning decision-making, influencing and accountability
  • Enabling the growth of positive self-image
  • können Lern- und Arbeitsprozesse durchführen, dokumentieren und reflektieren.
  • Learning to face failures and disappointments
  • können bekannte Muster hinter der Aufgabe/dem Problem erkennen und daraus einen Lösungsweg ableiten.
  • können Argumente abwägen und einen eigenen Standpunkt einnehmen.
  • können Herausforderungen annehmen und konstruktiv damit umgehen.
  • Using technology as a part of explorative and creative process
  • Learning to acquire, modify and produce information in different forms
  • Learning to build information on top of previously learned
  • Encouraging to build new information and visions
  • können sich auf eine Aufgabe konzentrieren und ausdauernd und diszipliniert daran arbeiten.
  • können Stärken und Schwächen ihres Lern- und Sozialverhaltens einschätzen.
  • Learning to find the joy of learning and new challenges
  • Practicing to notice links between subjects learned
  • können Informationen aus Beobachtungen und Experimenten, aus dem Internet, aus Büchern und Zeitungen, aus Texten, Tabellen und Statistiken, aus Grafiken und Bildern, aus Befragungen und Interviews suchen, sammeln und zusammenstellen.
  • können Informationen vergleichen und Zusammenhänge herstellen (vernetztes Denken).
  • können Fachausdrücke und Textsorten aus den verschiedenen Fachbereichen verstehen und anwenden.
  • können Fehler analysieren und über alternative Lösungen nachdenken.
  • können auf Lernwege zurückschauen, diese beschreiben und beurteilen.
  • können übertragene Arbeiten sorgfältig, zuverlässig und pünktlich erledigen.
  • Practicing to recognize and express feelings
  • Encouraging the growth of positive self-image
  • Practicing to notice causal connections
  • Learning to combine information to find new innovations
  • können die Aufgaben- und Problemstellung sichten und verstehen und fragen bei Bedarf nach.
  • Connecting subjects learned at school to skills needed at working life
  • Practicing time management
  • Practicing decision making
  • Practicing versatile ways of working
  • Realizing the connection between subjects learned in free time and their impact to skills needed at worklife
  • Building common knowledge of technological solutions and their meaning in everyday life
  • Using technology resources for problem solving
  • Using technology to express one’s emotions and experiences
  • Practicing to evaluate one's own learning
  • Supporting student to build their own linguistic and cultural identity
  • Learning about different languages
  • Getting familiar with different cultures
  • Learning to know and respect human rights
  • Learning to understand people, surroundings and phenomenons around us
  • Learning about different countries and their characteristics
  • Learning about cultural aspects and to respect different cultures
  • Learning to face respectfully people and follow the good manners
  • können sich aktiv und im Dialog an der Zusammenarbeit mit anderen beteiligen.
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