Bruno Reddy first approached SHINE with the idea for Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) in 2014 – an engaging online programme that aimed to get students excited about times tables. SHINE’s initial seed funding enabled Bruno to get his idea online by supporting the development of a user-friendly and highly engaging website for teachers, students and parents.  Since we provided our initial support, his product and organisation has grown rapidly, using a low-cost, high volume business model and TTRS has been financially sustainable without grant funding for over a year.

The TTRS website continues to grow its reach and influence:

  • Over 8,000 primary and secondary schools were subscribed in August 2018, including 3,000 in the North of England
  • An estimated 370,000 students eligible for Pupil Premium are benefitting from TTRS
  • The most recent speed data on more than 327,000 users of TTRS indicates that on average, students are 38% faster at answering times tables questions after using TTRS than when they started using the online platform.

Recently, TTRS was Highly Commended in the Primary and the Education Resources categories at the Bett Awards and it made the EdTech50 list in 2018.