6 October 2020: Juniper Education has today announced a partnership with Pharos Response to offer schools around the clock support, to respond to a range of critical situations from COVID outbreaks to coach crashes.
The partnership will extend Juniper Education’s existing risk assessment services to help reduce incidents from happening and prepare schools to respond quickly and professionally to major incidents and complex issues.
Schools are often rehearsed for emergency situations such as a fire but there are a range of serious events where specialist support might be needed. Pharos crisis management experts offer incident management mentoring, crisis PR and trauma counselling to reduce the long-term effects on a school, its pupils and community.
Gavin Freed, chairman of Juniper Education, said: “If the last few months have taught us anything, it’s the importance of planning for the unexpected.
“When things go wrong, the incidents are often new experiences and sudden. For school leadership teams to be able to react swiftly they need expert help and guidance. Partnering with Pharos means we can offer greater peace of mind to schools through immediate, relevant and effective support.”
Julian Penney, managing director of Pharos Response, said: “Covid and other recent events have highlighted the importance of critical incident planning and management for schools.
“As a trusted name for many schools, Juniper Education is a fantastic partner for us, which will help us reach more schools to provide our risk and reputation management services. Through this partnership, we can achieve a shared purpose of offering schools the best support and guidance to maintain a safe place for young people to learn in.”
Pharos Response supports Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), state funded and independent schools to reduce the risk of critical incidents from occurring, prepare teams to manage situations if they do, provide training and incident simulation as well as offering crucial support during and after an event.
Juniper Education’s aim is to increase the effectiveness of schools, improve outcomes for learners and enable teachers to teach. The organisation supports more than 7,000 primary and secondary schools with software to bring assessment, attendance, behaviour, pupil, and staff data together into one system and software for tracking pupil performance. Juniper Education provides services to assist schools with financial management, teacher training, HR, governance and school visits planning. Brands within the Juniper Education group include Target Tracker, OTrack, Maze Education, Classroom Monitor, Pupil Asset and FS4S. Juniper Education is backed by Horizon Capital, a leading investor in high-growth technology and business service companies.