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MyTutor acquires Fire Tech to add coding classes to edtech platform

London-based edtech company MyTutor has acquired Fire Tech, a training platform that teaches children technology skills such as coding.

The acquisition will see MyTutor add extra-curriculum classes in areas including programming, AI, game design and digital media production to its one-to-one tutoring platform.

Fire Tech, also based in London, has delivered over 80,000 learning experiences to young people globally. Founded by Jill Hodges, the edtech company aims to help children aged between 8-17 to develop skills in communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

The two companies did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. The acquisition comes four months after MyTutor secured £15m in a funding round led by SEEK Investments.

Bertie Hubbard, CEO, and co-founder of MyTutor, said: “I see the impact of the digital skills gap firsthand as an employer, which is why I’m so delighted to have found a team who have created such engaging and high-impact tech courses – and why I’m so eager to offer that to our customers.”

He added: “We also know that access to a high standard of digital learning is limited across the UK, and so we are excited to put digital skills at the heart of a broader curriculum strategy for the parents and school partners we work with across the country to make access to make life-changing learning available to everyone.”

MyTutor provides tuition via a network of over 20,000 carefully-vetted subject experts from the UK’s top universities.

The company says it’s supported over 1,000 secondary schools, hundreds of thousands of parents, and delivered over two million lessons.

Demand for edtech platforms has been booming, with the Covid-19 pandemic driving a surge in the use of remote learning tools. MyTutor says its platform has witnessed a 170% demand in the past couple of years due to school closures.

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