Spark Tees Valley has launched online learning resources through the DigitalCity Accelerator programme.
Chloe Shakesby

Facing COVID-19: The digital acceleration programme helping keep education accessible

An education tech company has launched online learning resources through a North East digital acceleration programme.

Spark Tees Valley offers interactive video content and unique cross-curricular resources every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, to help keep children engaged, and is being supported by the DigitalCity Accelerator programme.

The learning materials have a focus on the world of work in the Tees Valley, aiming to raise aspirations and develop cultural capital for those living in the region.

With the use of technology in schools being a fundamental part of their work, Spark Tees Valley wanted to enhance its digital offering and looked to the DigitalCity Accelerator programme for support.

The Teesside University-led initiative provides funding, advice and mentoring to early-stage digital companies who are launching new to market products and services.

Its cross-curricular resources are also available for other educators to use.

Spark Tees Valley was set up last October by qualified teacher and Apple Professional Learning Specialist, Andrew Stogdale.

The entrepreneur offers support to pupils in primary, secondary and special schools across the Tees Valley with in-class projects on creativity, problem solving and embedding the world of work into the curriculum.

With the coronavirus pandemic elevating the need for quality elearning materials, Spark Tees Valley has transitioned online sooner than anticipated and is rapidly becoming the go-to trusted source of quality educational online content in the Tees Valley.

Andrew commented: “The high demand for home school resources has really accelerated the digital side of the business.

“I’m producing new online content and developing the website on a daily basis.

“I’m overwhelmed by the positive feedback I’ve received so far from both, families and educators that are transitioning to remote teaching and hope that my resources continue to help during and beyond this crisis.”

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