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Interview: Tutoring platform launches $100m fundraise ahead of global M&A drive

Cuemath, an India-based online maths-tutoring provider, will embark on an acquisition spree after it closes ...
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Ready Education acquires Collabco and StuComm

Ready Education, a higher education student engagement platform in North America, has partnered with private ...
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UK: Clarence House Day Nurseries acquires Northampton setting

Clarence House Day Nurseries, which operates 10 nursery settings across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire has ...
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Exclusive: €50 million sale of European ed tech approaches finish line

A European private equity house is in exclusive talks to acquire French e-learning provider Woonoz ...
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Exclusive: Dutch tutoring market leader picks advisors to steer sale

The Netherlands’ largest tutoring provider has instructed corporate financiers to explore a sale of the ...
5 days
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UK: Weld North Education acquires digital science curriculum company Twig Education

Scottsdale, Arizona-based K12 digital curriculum company Weld North Education has acquired Twig Education, which provides ...
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Competition watchdog approves tie-up of ESS and ParentPay

The Competition and Markets Authority has unconditionally approved Education Software Solutions’ merger with ParentPay.
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Netherlands: Instructure to acquire ed tech optimisation firm EesySoft

Salt Lake City-based ed tech Instructure is acquiring EesySoft, a system which guides educators and ...
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France: Infrastructure fund to acquire 49% stake in Grandir

Private equity firm InfraVia is acquiring a minority stake in French nurseries and schools operator ...
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UK: Student recruitment platform Unibuddy raises £20m

London-based student recruitment platform Unibuddy has raised £20 million in a Series B funding round ...
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UK: Virtual reality training company Virti raises $10m in Series A funding

Bristol-based virtual reality company Virti, which uses technology to train workers remotely worldwide, has raised ...
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UK: Hodder Education Group acquires Illuminate Publishing

London-based publishing house Hodder Education Group has acquired teaching and learning resource company Illuminate Publishing ...
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UK: Dorset independent schools to merge

Dorset schools Bryanston School and Knighton House pre-prep and prep school are merging on 1 ...
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Ireland: Team17 to acquire StoryToys edutainment firm

Video games developer Team17 is acquiring StoryToys, which offers educational entertainment apps for children, via ...
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UK: CVC-backed QA acquires Circus Street

Training company QA, owned by CVC Capital Partners VI, today announced the acquisition of Circus ...
3 weeks
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UK: Cognita chief executive to resign

International schools group Cognita has announced that its chief executive Chris Jansen is stepping down ...
3 weeks
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Exclusive: Competition watchdog’s inquiry derails £1bn SEN auction

An investigation into the UK’s politically sensitive children’s care sector has prompted the private equity ...
3 weeks
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UK: Nevastar and Nexus launch early years and schools real estate fund

Nevastar Finance and Nexus Group have launched the Pine II fund, which is focused on ...
3 weeks
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Sweden: Trill Impact to acquire ILT Education

Trill Impact, a private equity firm targeting mid-sized companies in Northern Europe, is acquiring ed ...
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France: La Maison Bleue acquires 15 Paris nurseries

La Maison Bleue, a large childcare provider in Switzerland, France and Luxembourg, has acquired Kids’up ...
3 weeks
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Exclusive: Tour de France owner crosses finish line in higher education sale

The family behind the Tour de France has taken a minority stake in a group ...
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UK: Nursery operator closes acquisition ahead of potential auction

One of the UK’s largest nursery operators has acquired a group of five settings, expanding ...
4 weeks
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Exclusive: London school group changes hands for over £75m

A group of private equity-backed schools in London has been acquired in a deal worth ...
4 weeks
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UK: Tenzing-backed Smoothwall acquires eSafe Global

Smoothwall, a UK-based school software provider backed by Tenzing, has acquired monitoring-solutions provider eSafe Global ...
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UK: LDC invests £13m in higher ed software provider

LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, has invested £13 million in Hybrid, ...
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Private equity house builds bridges with UK apprenticeship provider

Bridges Fund Management has acquired apprenticeship provider Skills Training UK.
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UK: Kortext books £15m in Series B

Kortext, the e-textbook provider used by over 100 UK universities, has secured £15 million of ...
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Europe mints new ed tech unicorn

GoStudent is Europe’s latest ed tech unicorn, following a $244 million Series C raise that ...
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US buyout group backs PeopleCert’s £380m takeover of AXELOS

PeopleCert has reached a deal to acquire qualifications provider AXELOS from Capita and the British ...
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Exclusive: UK ed tech lights fire under Series C fundraise

A UK-based ed tech is working with corporate financiers on a capital raise that could ...
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Ireland: Learnosity acquires Questionmark, expanding footprint in ‘wide-open’ digital assessment market

Learnosity, an Ireland-based assessment infrastructure provider, has acquired Questionmark from FPE Capital.
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Debt of top-20 UK unis jumps 50% in five years – analysis

The debt burden of the UK’s 20 largest universities has increased 50% over the past ...
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UK: Forfar Education acquires Hampshire prep school

Forfar Education has acquired Horris Hill preparatory school from a charitable trust, with plans to ...
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German family office buys one of country’s largest childcare chains

Haniel, a German family office, has acquired a controlling stake in KMK Kinderzimmer, one of ...
1 month
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Exclusive: Ed tech start-up plotting £20m capital raise

An ed tech start-up that works with 40% of UK universities is seeking to raise ...
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Exclusive: Market-leading e-textbook platform preparing for Series B raise

A fast-growing digital textbooks platform has laid the foundations for a Series B capital raise ...
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Northern Ireland: Marlin Equity Partners acquires Learning Pool

Buyout group Marlin Equity Partners has acquired Learning Pool, the Northern Ireland-headquartered e-learning provider, from ...
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Exclusive: Ed tech firm with plans to grow tenfold raising seed capital

A UK-headquartered ed tech that counts some of the world’s largest educational publishers as clients ...
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Exclusive: Private equity-owned nursery group nearing biggest takeover to date

A private equity-backed childcare provider is close to completing an acquisition that will almost double ...
1 month
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Exclusive: Fast-growing CPD provider pursuing equity capital raise

The directors of a leading UK-based online continuing professional development (CPD) provider have hired advisors ...
1 month
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Fund Focus: ECI Partners seeking cross-sector bolt-ons and buyouts

ECI Partners is actively seeking buyouts and bolt-on deals in the education sector, the mid-market ...
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UK: OakNorth Bank funds special needs nursery

OakNorth Bank is advancing £5 million to enable Side by Side, a special needs school ...
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UK: S4YC acquires Cheshire nursery

Childcare preschool and out-of-school club operator S4YC has acquired Hooton Childcare in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
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Exclusive: Childcare giant’s private equity sponsor takes baby steps towards exit

The private equity backer of a global nursery group is seeking to exit its significant ...
1 month
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UK: Fennies Nursery Group secures £25m loan with Cynergy Bank

Cynergy Bank has completed a £25 million transaction to Fennies Day Care Nursery Group, which ...
2 months
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UK: Inspiring Learning acquires activity and training specialist In2Action

Outdoor education and adventure company Inspiring Learning has acquired activities and training provider In2Action based ...
2 months
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Sweden: Educate Ventures enters collaboration to launch ed tech accelerator

Educate Ventures has entered a collaboration to launch an ed tech accelerator in Sweden.
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Verdane invests in Finnish business education platform

Verdane has made a platform investment in Eduhouse and Wistec, two Finnish providers of business-to-business ...
2 months
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UK: London-based nursery group expands to six

Bright Little Stars Nursery Group, situated in Northwest London has expanded with the opening of ...
2 months
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Switzerland: Cognita acquires second Swiss school

International schools operator Cognita has acquired Obersee Bilingual School in Pfäffikon Switzerland.
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UK: Tactus Group takes stake in coding and robotics firm

Consumer technology products firm Tactus Group has acquired pi-top, a coding and robotics firm focused ...
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UK: Just Childcare acquired by private equity-backed Dutch operator

UK nursery operator Just Childcare has been acquired by a private equity-backed Dutch childcare provider ...
2 months
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Spain: Campus Training acquires online education brands

Campus Training, a portfolio company of Investindustrial, has agreed with Planeta Formación y Universidades to ...
2 months
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UK: Oakley Capital buys one of UK’s largest nursery operators

Oakley Capital has acquired UK nursery operator ICP Education, formed by the merger of Cresswell ...
2 months
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UK: Little People Nurseries acquires Southwest London nursery

Little People Nurseries has acquired Bright Beginnings Tangley Park, a nursery situated in Hampton, Southwest ...
2 months
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Spain: Income-share loan provider raises $5.3m

StudentFinance.com, a Madrid-based fintech company offering income share agreements (ISAs), has raised $5.3 million in ...
2 months
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Exclusive: Private equity outfit seeking buyer for leading school uniform supplier

The private equity backer of a leading school uniform supplier is seeking to sell its ...
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UK: Independent schools announce merger

Tonbridge School and The New Beacon Preparatory School are merging from 31 August this year.
2 months
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Exclusive: Canadian pension fund nears deal for minority stake in ISP

The investment arm of a Canadian pension fund is closing in on a deal to ...
2 months
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Exclusive: AXELOS affiliate lines up financing for ambitious takeover attempt

An affiliate organisation of Capita- and state-owned AXELOS has lined up private equity support that ...
2 months
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Exclusive: Learning Pool makes a splash with private equity in first round

Two private equity firms have tabled first-round bids for Learning Pool, the Northern Ireland-based e-learning ...
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UK: Ivy Education acquires Wentworth Education

Alastair Delafield, Ivy Education Ivy Education has acquired Wentworth Education, a tutoring and educational consultancy ...
2 months
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France: IDI and RAISE Impact acquire Talis Education

French buyout firm IDI, along with RAISE Impact, has acquired Talis Education, a France-based operator ...
2 months
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Exclusive: Global schooling giant plotting blockbuster IPO at €3.5bn valuation

One of the world’s largest international school operators is drawing up plans for a 2022 ...
2 months
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UK: Juniper Education purchases school support site

Juniper Education has acquired PrimarySite, which provides almost 5,000 primary schools, academies and trusts with ...
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UK: Just Childcare acquires West Yorkshire nursery

Just Childcare has purchased Pebbles Nursery and Pre-School in Yeadon, West Yorkshire.
3 months
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UK: Koru Kids to create 9,000 new childcare jobs

Koru Kids, a childcare platform that provides part-time nannies, is creating 9,000 new nanny and ...
3 months
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Exclusive: Private equity-backed school group pursuing £90m sale

The private equity parent of a cluster of premium preparatory schools in London has hired ...
3 months
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France: OpenClassrooms raises $80m

Online education company OpenClassrooms has raised $80 million in a round backed by the Chan ...
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UK: Addition Capital takes control of Be-A Education

London-based family investment office Addition Capital has completed a control investment into Be-A Education, operator ...
3 months
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Exclusive: Prominent UK nursery group pondering £200m sale

The backers of one of the UK’s largest childcare operators have appointed advisors to explore ...
3 months
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UK: Bloomsbury Publishing acquires academic publisher

Independent publisher Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired assets of Red Globe Press, an academic imprint, from ...
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UK: Little Birches purchases Berkshire nursery

Family-owned nursery group Little Birches has acquired Bishopswood Day Nursery in Berkshire.
3 months
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Exclusive: London school group exploring options

The owners of a cluster of private schools in London are in advanced discussions with ...
3 months
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UK: Kindred Nurseries acquires Cambridgeshire nursery group

Day nurseries and pre-schools group Kindred Nurseries has acquired HRH Nurseries group in Cambridgeshire.
3 months
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UK: Inspired Learning Group buys independent school

Inspired Learning Group (ILG), a UK operator of independent schools, has acquired Saint Felix School ...
3 months
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Exclusive: Fast-growing European ed tech being prepped for market

The shareholders of a European ed tech have drafted in advisors to find a new ...
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Exclusive: Buyout group exploring €350m sale of educational conglomerate

The private equity owner of a little-known educational conglomerate has hired investment bankers to launch ...
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ISP takes first steps into Italy with school acquisition

ISP, the Partners Group-backed international school operator, has acquired MILE School in Milan – the ...
3 months
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UK: Findel Education acquired in £30m private equity deal

A UK private equity house has acquired educational resource provider Findel Education in a £30 ...
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Exclusive: Advisors hired to find buyer for UK apprenticeship provider

The private equity parent of a UK-based apprenticeship provider has hired corporate financiers to explore ...
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UK: London-listed Tribal buys higher ed software provider

Tribal Group, the London-listed software provider, has acquired Semestry Limited, a cloud-based timetabling software provider ...
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Exclusive: French buyout groups in bidding war for Talis Education

Several private equity houses are vying for control of Talis Education, a group of for-profit ...
3 months
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Exclusive: Hospitality education group preparing for €350m-plus sale

A publicly listed investment firm has instructed bankers to explore a sale of a European ...
3 months
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UK: Owner of collapsed private school launches £3.5m sale of property

Business broker Christie & Co has been mandated to sell the freehold property associated with ...
3 months
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Norway: Corporate learning technology company Attensi raises $26m

Corporate learning and development technology company Attensi has raised $26 million from New York-based Lugard ...
4 months
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UK: Management buyout at online learning platform Learna

Cardiff-based online learning platform Learna has undergone a management buyout.
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UK: UWE Bristol and Skilled Education announce digital and soft skills partnership

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Skilled Education are partnering to ...
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Ireland: Cambridge Education Group bolsters online division with acquisition

Private equity-backed Cambridge Education Group has acquired iheed, an online medical education provider, bolstering its ...
4 months
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UK: Just Childcare acquires Manchester nursery

Manchester-based Just Childcare has acquired The Village Day Nursery in Standish in Wigan, Greater Manchester.
4 months
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Austria: GoStudent secures €70m in Series B round

Vienna-based start-up GoStudent has completed a Series B round led by new investor Coatue together ...
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UK: Inspired to acquire AIM-listed online school for more than £70m

Inspired Education, the global premium private school operator, has reached an agreement to acquire AIM-listed ...
4 months
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UK: Tribal reports 2020 profit and acquires Semestry

Tribal Group, a provider of software and services to the international education market, has announced ...
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UK: Sandbox acquires Fingerprint to form Sandbox Kids

Sandbox & Co, which operates millennial learning and entertainment companies, has acquired Fingerprint, a San ...
4 months
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UK: N Family Club opens new Stratford nursery

Nursery group N Family Club has opened N Stratford, a new nursery in East London.
4 months
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UK: Aventicum Real Estate buys £133m portfolio from Unite

A fund managed by Aventicum Real Estate, a real estate investment management platform, affiliated with ...
4 months
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UK: The Old Station Nursery Group acquires three Kent settings

The Old Station Nursery Group has acquired Choochoos Day Nursery, a Kent-based group of three ...
4 months
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UK: Private equity piles into student accommodation

Private equity houses are investing more money in British student accommodation, eyeing robust rental returns ...
4 months
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UK: Scape and APG acquire Leeds student digs site

A joint venture between student accommodation provider Scape and Dutch pension fund APG has purchased ...
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UK: West Dean College of Arts and Conservation to acquire KLC School of Design

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in Chichester, West Sussex today announced it is ...

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