The Key has acquired Lincolnshire based ScholarPack – a cloud-based management information system (MIS) provider for primary schools in East Midlands – for an undisclosed sum.
The two companies are joining forces to offer schools an easy to use MIS that ensures they comply with statutory regulations, are able to effectively manage their day-to-day data requirements and support improvements in standards.
Over the past few years, there has been a rising trend in schools moving to cloud-based systems like ScholarPack, that offer an array of time-saving solutions for busy school leaders. ScholarPack provides users with an easy-to-use system, including a wide breadth of functionality designed specifically for primary schools including assessment, interventions and communications.
Providing increased accessibility and security, the move to a cloud-based MIS system has also led to a significant reduction of spend required for third-party packages. Now, over 1,000 primary schools are working with ScholarPack to save time, work smarter and improve standards.
Speaking about the rise in demand for cloud-based systems in schools, Rich Harley, CEO of ScholarPack, says: “There is a clear and accelerating shift in the market from legacy to cloud and ScholarPack is driving this trend. The rate of switching amongst primary schools has more than doubled in five years and in 2017 alone, 701 schools switched MIS, compared to 280 in 2012.”
Adoption of cloud solutions to create efficiencies is a trend toward digitization seen in many other sectors. With pinched budgets, increasing need for compliance and academisation shifting purchasing power, it’s a trend the education sector is prime to capitalize on.
Richard Jewell, COO, The Key, adds: “There is an increased awareness amongst school leaders that change is possible, and as a result ScholarPack is growing faster than all of its competitors combined. Working together, we can provide unparalleled value to education leaders, freeing up capacity and helping them to focus on pupil outcomes.”
The move sees ScholarPack CEO, Rich Harley, joining The Key’s senior leadership team and continuing to run the company’s operations out of Lincoln. The Key and ScholarPack will work side-by-side to continue to offer valuable, time saving solutions to their members.