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Evaluation of Affordable Maths Tuition

NatCen Social Research are conducting a study to understand whether Third Space Learning’s Affordable Maths Tuition (AMT) helps to improve skills and confidence in maths for Year 6 children who have, or used to have, a social worker.

The evaluation is being funded by What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC).

What is Affordable Maths Tuition?

Affordable Maths Tuition is an online tutoring programme delivered by Third Space Learning.

Who are Third Space Learning?

Third Space Learning supports thousands of pupils across the country with weekly online 1-to-1 maths lessons from specialist KS2 tutors. Each pupil receives their own dedicated tutor and learning is personalised to meet their needs, helping pupils not only to make progress, but grow in confidence too.

All of Third Space Learning’s tutors pass strict training and safeguarding procedures to support pupils in UK primary schools and each takes the time to build a relationship and rapport with their pupils.

If you have any questions about Third Space Learning please see the evaluation information page here, or email the team at

How are you evaluating Affordable Maths Tuition?

Our evaluation will be a randomised controlled trial of the effect of Affordable Maths Tuition. This will involve randomly allocating approximately half of the eligible children to receive the programme. The comparison with those who do not receive the programme allows us to understand whether the programme makes a difference. This means that not all eligible pupils may receive tuition from Third Space Learning. However, both groups of children will be part of the research study. Children in the control group have a key role because it creates the benchmark against which the intervention group is measured. A randomised controlled trial approach provides the best possible evidence for a programme’s effectiveness and determines whether it should be made available to more people.

What data will you be collecting?

We will be collecting different types of data to determine whether the Affordable Maths Tuition programme improves skills and confidence in maths. We will be collecting data in the following ways:

  • Observations of tutor training and recorded tuition sessions
  • One-to-one interviews with a small number of maths leads/ teachers
  • Interviews with a small number of tutors
  • An online survey with pupils
  • Group interviews with a selection of pupils
  • Maths attainment data from the National Pupil Database (NPD)

How will you deal with my personal information?

We will treat the information you give us in the strictest confidence under GDPR. You can find out more about our credentials and who we are here and how we protect your personal information here.

Where can I find out more?

The NatCen team are happy to answer any other questions you have. Please get in touch at or by calling 0800 652 0401.