28 January 2021: Juniper Education, has today announced the acquisition of Jane Systems, a specialist education Human Resources (HR) and Payroll software provider, which supplies products to hundreds of multi academy trusts (MATs) and schools in the UK, and is responsible for supporting the accurate processing of over 75,000 payslips per month.
This latest acquisition follows the recent addition of SISRA with its Observe solution, which offers tools to support teacher’s continuing professional development (CPD). The combination of SISRA, Jane Systems and Juniper’s education support services, will for the first time provide schools and MATs with a complete education specific solution for managing and developing their staff.
Gavin Freed, chairman of Juniper Education, said: “For too long, those working in education have been frustrated with having no choice but to work with generic HR solutions that do not fully meet the specific challenges of educational settings. With school leaders facing multiple staffing complexities, exacerbated by Covid-19 restrictions, having education specific people systems means they are in a better position to offer enhanced support to their teams. The acquisition of Jane Systems is a decisive step towards our goal of enabling effective people development through a combination of first-class software and services from one specialist education provider.”
Nigel Sargent, director of Jane Systems, said: “The Jane software portfolio was designed to give trusts and school leaders a simple way to manage staff absences, wellbeing, payroll, professional development and salary, offering a better alternative to the paper-based functions that still exist in many schools and academies. To now be able to complement state of the art HR and payroll tools with award winning support services is a proposition few can offer.”
Simon Hitchcock, managing partner at Horizon Capital, investor in Juniper Education, said: “This is the eighth acquisition completed by Juniper Education since our investment in 2019. The addition of Jane Systems extends Juniper’s already comprehensive software and services offering, ensuring schools have a one-stop-shop for all their staffing and payroll needs.”
The move expands Juniper Education’s portfolio of innovative software and services for schools and MATs and increases the number of schools using its solutions to over 10,000.
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Notes to the editor
- For more information about Juniper Education, broad range of support services and portfolio of pupil tracking software for schools, visit https://junipereducation.org/
- For more information about Jane Systems HR and Payroll solutions, visit: https://www.jane-systems.co.uk/
- For more information on Horizon Capital, investor in Juniper Education, visit: https://www.horizonpe.co.uk/
- Terms of the acquisition will remain undisclosed.
Juniper Education’s aim is to increase the effectiveness of schools, improve outcomes for learners and give teachers back more child-time. The organisation provides primary and secondary schools with software to bring pupil assessment, attendance, behaviour data and more together into one system. Juniper Education also offers services to support schools with their financial management, teacher training, HR, governance, compliance, and school visits planning. The company is backed by Horizon Capital, a leading investor in high-growth technology and business service companies.
Horizon Capital is a private equity investor specialising in technology and service businesses. The firm was established by senior investment professionals who identified a significant market opportunity to invest in businesses in these sectors of up to £50m in value. The partnership prides itself on its approach to helping business owners and managers realise their ambitions. Buy and build is at the heart of every Horizon Capital investment and the firm is a market leader in supporting companies pursuing this strategy. Horizon Capital has a proven track record in generating strong investor returns. The unprecedented growth it delivers in its portfolio companies has been underpinned by deep and long-term investor relationships that span across two decades.