An online tutoring platform which helped UK children catch up with lessons during COVID-19 has raised £15 million.
London-based EdTech MyTutor was the largest provider of in-school tuition in last year’s government-backed National Tuition Programme.
With a base of 20,000 tutors, the scaleup supported more than 1,000 secondary schools, hundreds of thousands of parents and delivered over two million lessons. It has been revealed as a provider for the National Tuition Programme for the second year running after supporting 30,000 students with catch-up learning in the last academic year.
The funding round was led by SEEK Investments and supported by existing investors including Mobeus Equity Partners.
MyTutor says its mission is to provide life-changing tuition for all, regardless of background, and supports both disadvantaged students through its schools programme and private tuition by partnering directly with parents.
All its tutors are carefully vetted students from the UK’s top universities. Being close in age to the children they teach, it says the tutors not only provide academic support, but also build confidence and provide mentorship.
The funding will support MyTutor to build out its platform to enable tutors to deliver even more effective and engaging lessons, further develop its group tuition product and expand internationally.
“We see tutoring as a core part of every child’s education, not as a quick stop gap to deal with an immediate learning problem,” said co-founder and CEO Bertie Hubbard.
“It works best alongside their school education – filling any gaps in their foundations, building confidence, and unlocking their full potential.”
SEEK co-founder Andrew Bassat said: “A positive education experience for everyone is of critical importance.
“The pandemic has only highlighted the need for an online service that helps fill the gaps in today’s education system by delivering personalised support tailored to the individual.
“We are excited to support MyTutor as they look to bring life quality tuition to a wider audience.”