Our mission at Plytime is simple - we want to make the most effective tutoring as affordable as possible

So that it is accessible for everyone

How we originated

Founders Ian and Lisa McCartney are passionate about trying to help people to be “their best”. They started their journey in 2013 when they created a maths game for their own children and went on to launch PLYT Games – number games proven to improve maths and designed for all ages and abilities to play together. 

PLYT Games - number games for the whole family

They soon realised that students loved competing and gamified learning so using their games they started tutoring at home & in schools and  discovered

  • All students benefit from one to one dedicated support
  • Short focused sessions are far more efficient and effective 
  • Personalised content aimed at each individual is most effective
  • Individual performance tracking can pinpoint areas to focus on – the more detailed the better
  • Students are more engaged with gamified learning – especially if other students are involved – and push themselves harder


  • They could make tutoring more efficient, effective and affordable… so they set about creating Plytime Learning  
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Where we are now

We’re building and testing the platform and we’re launching Plytime Learning focusing on primary Maths.

We’ll shortly be able to offer 11 Plus and primary English.

Where we are going

In line with our mission we will endeavour to bring the cost of one to one tutoring down as much as possible by continuing to improve efficiency and introducing our unique Advertising for Good initiative.

We aim to help you to be your best for the long term and we have big plans to expand into secondary education and beyond.


Meet the team

Ian is the CEO and Co-Founder of Plytime with over 30 years senior business experience. He's continually looking for ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of tutoring to make it more accessible for as many children as possible. When he's not working he loves competition and is often found playing or watching sport
Ian McCartney
Ian McCartney
Lisa is the other half to Ian and Plytime Co-Founder. Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant she gave up work to bring up her two children. She's passionate about learning through play and spent the last 8 years in games and tutoring with a little bit of pilates and a good book on the side.
Lisa McCartney PLYTIME Tutor
Lisa McCartney