On line partnership puts school in line for top award

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Teacher Reece Broome. - Credit: Submitted

A unique partnership between a Torquay school and an education technology company has been recognised by the judges of a national award.

Tassomai worked with Torquay Academy, training its teachers online in the process of creating questions for its online learning programme that gives students personalised daily practice activities to identify gaps in their learning.

Within four weeks the academy’s teachers had written 26,500 questions, covering the entire curriculum.

Now the partnership has been nationally recognised, shortlisted for the Collaboration with a School award in the 2021 Bett Awards, to be held in June.

The Bett Awards are part of the annual Bett Show, the world’s leading showcase of education technology solutions.

Reece Broome, Head of Online Learning at Torquay Academy, said: “We’ve used Tassomai for a couple of years but the use of the app has gone into overdrive since the first lockdown in the spring and the support we had from Tassomai has played a big part in that.

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Two Torquay Academy students use the Tassomai app on a smartphone. - Credit: Submitted

“It really engages students. Our students know the importance and value of Tassomai because they can see that they have made clear progress in their assessments compared to two years ago. The stats show just how engaged they are; our students have answered more than four million Tassomai questions this academic year, with around 300,000 questions being completed every week even during lockdown.”

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Reece added: “The magic of Tassomai is the algorithms that underpin it. The questions a student gets wrong come up more frequently than the ones they get right and their understanding is reinforced by asking the same questions in slightly different ways.”

Murray Morrison, founder and CEO of Tassomai, said: “We’re so pleased that the partnership with Torquay Academy has been recognised as a contender for a Bett Award. Reece and his colleagues have really run with Tassomai and the program is now an integral part of life for pupils.”