Tute secures £multi-million funding to develop the UK’s pre-eminent education support platform for pupils and parents
Tute, a service designed to provide 24/7 learning support to parents and students outside of school, has secured a £multi-million strategic investment from Holidaybreak Limited, specialist in experiential out-of-classroom learning, to fully fund the development and delivery of the UK’s pre-eminent education support platform. Designed to connect pupils and parents to the people and tools they need to succeed, the new platform will utilise social networking technology to help them to meet other people, to gather and share first-hand information and best practice.
The investment will be utilised to scale the existing Tute platform; to add pioneering social education functionality and to develop the UK’s first teacher cooperative, thus allowing Tute to consolidate its leading position in the emerging online market.
Commenting on the investment, Martin Davies, CEO, Education, Holidaybreak Limited said, “Learning outside the classroom is a key competence for Holidaybreak and Tute is a strategic investment that will add value to our offering to schools. We are excited by the opportunity to further expand our interests online, and to deploy Tute technology to enrich our existing services.”
Delivering experiential learning across the state and private sector education, Holidaybreak brands of note include PGL, market leader in the residential, outdoor education and adventure sector for UK schools; NST, specialist in group travel for schools and colleges throughout the UK; and Meininger, the German-based student and school tour accommodation group. Other significant brands include TravelWorks, provider of working holidays and gap-year breaks for German students; EST bespoke educational travel and subject specific conferences for 16+, higher and further education students; and StudyLink, expert in specialist study tours, student group travel and student conferences for universities and colleges.
“An obvious synergy exists as both businesses deliver the best in “out-of-classroom learning”, said Sean Gardner, Co-Founder and CEO of Tute. “Holidaybreak is held in high regard within the schools and teacher community and we are thrilled to have them as partners in Tute. The size and timing of the investment is a clear indication of the growing importance of social technologies in education within the UK and highlights the need for schools to embrace everyday technology already used by students in their home environments.”