Helping to close the math opportunity gap

We founded Third Space Learning in 2013 with the goal of working in partnership with schools to make one-on-one math tutoring accessible to those children with the greatest need.

We’re a team of teachers, curriculum and product designers, social entrepreneurs, and tutors in the United States, England, India and Sri Lanka. What unites us all is a shared mission to close the math opportunity gap in as many schools as possible.

Helping to close the math opportunity gap







Making one-on-one support more accessible for schools

Traditionally, tuition has been the preserve of a fortunate minority, not necessarily those children who needed it the most, be that academically or socially.

We wanted to help address this imbalance.

Since 2013, we have made great progress towards our goal. We have worked with tens of thousands of teachers in over 3,800 schools, delivering online one-on-one math tutoring to over 150,000 students, the majority of which are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Designing tutoring for the reality of school life

We knew we had to start by making tutoring affordable within the reality of limited school budgets. We also knew we needed to be able to deliver tutoring at a scale that could reach the hundreds of thousands of children who have the greatest need of one-on-one support.

Growing a global community of tutors

A central part of our solution is to recruit high-quality maths tutors from across emerging markets – notably India and Sri Lanka – where there is a huge population of passionate, well-educated English-speaking graduates and undergraduates who love math.

All our tutors go through an extensive training programme before they begin, and receive regular and ongoing training and professional development.

We are really proud of our tutors and the work they do to support our schools, and are committed to providing them with a great place to work and competitive pay. Third Space Global – our tutor centre in Sri Lanka – was certified as a Great Place to Work for 2020/21.

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Our commitment to our tutors:

Competitive pay: average tutor pay is well above the local graduate average salary

Guaranteed income: we guarantee payment per session even if the session doesn't go ahead

Extensive initial training: our UK team have designed a full-time, 3-week training programme

Ongoing development: all tutors receive ongoing CPD, frequent lesson evaluations and personalised feedback

An environment to thrive: our tutor training and development team support tutors to pursue their goals and enhance their skills

Building a program that makes a difference

We know that high-quality tutoring doesn’t end with simply recruiting high-quality tutors. That’s why we work to ensure we’re developing an effective and comprehensive tutoring program that is as supportive as possible for the schools and students that use it.

We’re constantly monitoring and improving our program to ensure it follows best practice, fits with the school environment, allows teachers to easily reinforce their class teaching strategies and makes a positive impact on our students.

We’ve worked with researchers from University College London to develop a framework for the ideal one-on-one lesson and continue to develop an easy-to-use platform that helps schools raise math attainment by:

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Creating one-on-one lessons that align with state standards

Supporting schools to select the best sequence of lessons for each student

Enabling tutors to adapt each lesson to suit each student

Keeping teachers in control to support in-class teaching

Generating and sharing comprehensive reports to help teachers see progress

“We are proud of our high quality lessons and coherent programmes that help thousands of students understand concepts, improve their mathematical thinking and experience a sense of accomplishment”

Head of Academic Standards
Candida Crawford

Head of Academic Standards

Providing the best support possible for our tutors and schools

We believe in investing in our tutors and all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make a great tutoring program.

For every session purchased by schools, about half of the cost goes to recruiting high quality tutors, developing and delivering the best possible training to ensure they’re able to support our schools, and providing them with the daily academic and operational support that they need to succeed and thrive throughout their career.

The rest is invested in curriculum development, technology, customer support, safeguarding and operations; all the things that help to ensure our team can make the program as helpful and effective as possible for the students and schools who use it.

Meet some of our team


Tom Hooper

CEO and Founder

Tom founded Third Space Learning in 2013 and continues to drive the company’s social mission to close the attainment gap.


Bryan Tookey


Bryan ensures the team have everything they need to support our schools and pupils each day


Sam Stagg


Sam makes sure the Third Space Learning platform is as valuable as possible for the schools that use it


Rob Langman


Rob supports the teams that work most closely with our schools, ensuring we're delivering everything we can


Candida Crawford

Head of Academic Standards

As an ex-teacher, Candida oversees the curriculum, pupil experience and our tutor training programme


Bethan Edwards

Secondary Curriculum Specialist

Another ex-teacher, Bethan manages the secondary curriculum, content and tutor support


Hannah Searle

Primary Content Resource Lead

After leaving teaching in 2019, Hannah joined Third Space Learning to oversee our resource production


Lottie Bates

Head of Web, Brand & Comms

Lottie helps to make sure that as many schools as possible know about the support we're able to provide


James Gregson

Head of New Schools

Looking to sign up to Third Space Learning? James is on hand to discuss your school's needs and how we can help


Jenni Hoy

Head of Customer Support

Jenni is responsible for giving our brilliant customers the best possible experience we can


Sharon Nirwan

Senior Onboarding Specialist

New to Third Space Learning? Sharon will help you get set up and ready for your first session


Josie Walker

Senior Operations Executive

Josie works closely with our community of schools to ensure no question goes unanswered

Some of the friendly faces at Third Space Global


Shiyamal Jayathilake

Managing Director

Shiyamal oversees the entire operations at TSG, making sure our tutor centre in Sri Lanka is as effective as possible for our pupils


Susan Jacob

Senior HR Manager

Susan ensures the team at TSG have everything they need to be the best tutors possible


Hisham Rafi

Operations Manager

Hisham works closely with the UK team to make sure our customers receive the best customer service possible


Jasmiya Jareen

Talent Acquisition Manager

Leading the recruitment team, Jasmiya ensures that the best talent is hired to join our team of global tutors

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