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New report focuses on edtech’s role in tackling attainment gap

New report focuses on edtech’s role in tackling attainment gap

How edtech can help to narrow the attainment gap for disadvantaged students is the focus of a new report from Tassomai.

Bridging the attainment gap: edtech and the struggle to level up, is a free report based on a round table discussion chaired by Joe Hallgarten, CEO of the Centre for Education and Youth, and attended by school leaders, teachers, research organisations, charities and edtech companies. 

The 10 participants discussed how edtech software can use personalised learning to support disadvantaged children and provide more data about learners’ progress, as well as the potential for good design to engage disadvantaged children.

The report’s key points include:

  • Edtech’s capability to personalise learning to individual students can help teachers to tailor support to individual children which has the potential to narrow the attainment gap
  • Data from edtech software can help teachers and leaders to understand more about disadvantaged learners but it needs to be easy to analyse so it can inform teaching and learning decisions which will benefit disadvantaged learners
  • Designing edtech software for disadvantaged learners from the start can help to ensure their needs are prioritised

Murray Morrison, founder and CEO of Tassomai, a learning app used by many teachers to provide online homework and revision, said:

“Narrowing the attainment gap remains the key challenge for the education system, especially as we steer our way out of the pandemic. 

“Edtech software has huge potential to support and enable effective learning, but there is fervent discussion about how it should be designed and delivered so that it benefits every learner, especially the most disadvantaged.

“This report captures the thrust of those discussions and I hope it will make a valuable contribution as we put the pandemic behind us and focus once again on one of the key challenges we can all play our part in tackling.”

The report can be downloaded from Tassomai’s website at

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