Our story so far


An idea

After a conversation at the school gate with another parent, our founder Mark Dixon made it his mission to make a difference to learning outcomes - starting with a subject very close to his heart - Maths. Meanwhile, HegartyMaths is founded by two maths teachers scratching their own itch.An idea

Getting it right

Sparx Maths was launched to all schools after Mark and his early team spent 8 years in schools researching and developing a system that was proven to help students and teachers.

Better together

By this time, HegartyMaths had grown to support over 1,900 schools and 1.8m students in the UK, and in September 2019, Sparx Maths and HegartyMaths joined forces to help support even more schools and students.Better together

Free for all

Sparx Learning responded to the Covid pandemic by supporting schools to teach remotely completely free of charge. Over 200 schools worldwide made use of this technology.

It’s not all about Maths

As our community of schools grew, we started to identify other challenges we could support schools with, so we launched Sparx Learning, a way for us to be more than maths and support more students.

You say goodbye, I say hello

We made the decision to retire HegartyMaths after 3 years spent incorporating its best features and learnings into Sparx Maths - our most advanced and impactful mathematics learning system.

A new challenge

We launched our latest innovation looking to create a love of reading - Sparx Reader.A new challenge

A new chapter

At the beginning of 2023 Colin Hegarty (founder of HegartyMaths) was announced as CEO of Sparx Learning.

Free for all (Yes, again!)

We launched the Sparx Maths Curriculum, a totally free resource for every school utilising the awesome content in Sparx Maths.Free for all (Yes, again!)
The future...
More exciting things are coming (including Sparx Science) as we continue to work hard to serve schools and students in the best way we possibly can.