Closing the gap in Glasgow

Since August of last year, we’ve been working with Glasgow City Council to provide all school pupils from P2 to S3 full access to Sumdog’s digital learning system. We’ve done some analysis on the impact Sumdog has made towards our core mission to close the gap, and we are delighted with the results!

Our researchers studied the progress of pupils using Sumdog Maths for at least 30 minutes per week between August 2017 and April 2018, comparing the performance of pupils from the most deprived Glasgow schools with those from the city’s least deprived schools (defined by the proportion of pupils in each school eligible for free school meals). The aim of the study was to measure the impact of regular use of Sumdog Maths on closing the poverty-related attainment gap for numeracy.

The progress of pupils who use Sumdog Maths regularly was measured over the course of the academic year, with pupils using Sumdog for an average of 47 minutes a week. At the beginning of the school year in August 2017, the attainment gap between the least and most deprived schools was the equivalent of 1.1 academic years. However, for those pupils regularly using Sumdog, this gap had shrunk by 20% to the equivalent of just 0.8 of an academic year by April 2018.

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For the purposes of the study, out of a total of 70 schools in the Glasgow City Council area, our researchers identified a subset of 35 schools, including 737 pupils from the least deprived schools and a further 684 pupils from the most deprived schools. Each pupil undertook our adaptive diagnostic test to determine their individual abilities, which resulted in every pupil being allocated a ‘Sumdog level’. The Sumdog level was compared at the start and end of the study.

Our mission remains to close the poverty related gap and help all children reach their full potential. You can read more about this report here.