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NYES and edtech company Pobble join forces to help raise standards in writing in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Education Services and UK edtech company Pobble have agreed a deal that will see an innovative writing platform rolled out for free to primary schools in North Yorkshire. 

The partnership means teachers from 50 schools in North Yorkshire will be given free access to Pobble’s award winning digital writing tools. Pobble began in a classroom in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, now more than 100,000 teachers across 50 countries use the platform which is designed to make the teaching of writing easier. 

The new partnership comes after concerns that writing will be the subject hardest hit after school closures.

Pobble Co-Founder Simon Blower said: 

“We’ve been overwhelmed at the amazing response from teachers around the world who already use Pobble to support their teaching of writing. Having started Pobble in my own classroom in North Yorkshire, I am delighted that through support from NYES we are now able to offer our new digital writing tools for free to schools in the area”.

The new partnership launches in September. Schools can register their interest now for one of the limited places by contacting Pobble at or signing up here

North Yorkshire Education Services provide products and services to schools in North Yorkshire and throughout the UK, so that educators are able to deliver the best possible education. 

Claire Preston, Director, North Yorkshire Education Services said: 

“NYES as a service is evolving and our aim is to develop a culture of quality and inspiration, both within our own team and schools with whom we work. Innovation and collaboration is more important now than ever and we are excited and optimistic about the impact of this Pobble partnership on the writing skills and educational outcomes for a significant group of pupils across 50 North Yorkshire schools.”

Research undertaken through the UCL Educate programme in 2019 has shown that Pobble reduces teacher lesson planning time by 39%. It was also found to improve pupils speed, confidence and enjoyment of writing, leading to improved attainment. The teacher-led edtech company recently received funding from Nesta’s Edtech Innovation Fund which is supported by the Department for Education. 

Joysy John as Director for Education, Nesta said:

"We are delighted to see local authorities such as North Yorkshire recognising the potential impact of Pobble in their schools. A recipient of the Edtech Innovation Fund, run by Nesta, the innovation foundation, in partnership with DfE, Pobble is a unique tool that supports formative assessment in the teaching of writing, whilst reducing teacher workload. We are excited to see Pobble scaling their impact to support even more teachers and learners."

Sarah Bullivant, Key Stage 2 leader and English subject leader at Pannal Primary School, Harrogate said: 

“We’ve been using Pobble to support our teaching of writing for years now. It's an incredibly valuable tool for teachers. The platform really has supported the staff to ensure that the pupils make the best progress possible, even the most reluctant writers are inspired! Pobble for free for local schools is an amazing opportunity! I would encourage any fellow teachers to sign up.”

Schools wanting to find out more and register their interest can do so here. Teachers wanting to learn more about Pobble can at