Schools will benefit from technology partnership

(L to R) Sandwood Primary pupils Abbie Brown, Saul Loveman, and Alex Murphy have a go of Sumdog.
(L to R) Sandwood Primary pupils Abbie Brown, Saul Loveman, and Alex Murphy have a go of Sumdog.

A new partnership between Glasgow City Council and Edinburgh based social enterprise Sumdog has been announced.

The aim of this collaboration is to help achieve a step change in pupils’ proficiency in maths and numeracy.

Officials have hailed the initiative as an important contribution towards closing the gap in educational attainment between the least and most deprived of the 40, 689 pupils who attend one of 139 state primary schools across Glasgow.

Under the new partnership, Sumdog has begun providing premium access to its online game-based learning system, which has been carefully aligned to the Curriculum for Excellence, to all P3, P4 and P7 pupils in council primary schools. A recent study carried out found that Glasgow primary school pupils who spent an average of one hour per week using Sumdog progressed three times faster than those who used the website and apps very little or not at all.

Pupils from Sandwood Primary School and P4 teacher Lynne Scott, who took part in the Glasgow schools study earlier this year, gave a demonstration of Sumdog and explained how the software has helped them to improve their skills in maths and numeracy.