Learning continuity and parental engagement platform Firefly Learning today acquired Epraise, which provides schools with a platform for motivating students, engaging parents and saving teachers’ time.

Founded in 2010, Epraise’s platform is used by almost 240 schools worldwide. The Exeter-headquartered company has developed tools to help schools with digital transformation, focusing on areas such as achievements, behaviour management, seating plans, classwork, homework, attendance, assessment, activities and communications.

London-based Firefly was founded in 2005 and says it is used by 70 of the top 100 UK independent schools. The company has raised more than £10 million of funding through various investors, including BGF, Beringea and Downing Ventures.

Together the two companies will cater to more than 850 schools in 40 countries reaching over 1.5 million students, teachers and parents.

Firefly co-founder and chief executive Simon Hay said Epraise shared a common vision and values with Firefly and the development would allow Firefly to offer new and existing users “a comprehensive teaching and learning experience”.

He added: “This is a significant development for Firefly and a major step in accelerating our ambition to engage everyone in the learning conversation and reduce the number of separate systems schools need to do this. Joining forces with Epraise will allow us to share our knowledge, expertise and developments with each other and, where there is clear benefit for schools, combine our features and services. The past year has underlined how important it is that schools can access technology that is integrated and hassle free and we hope this will simplify things for many of our customers.”

Ben Dunford, founder and chief executive of Epraise, added: “By becoming one team we will be able to transform what we can offer schools and we are really eager to get started. Firefly Learning is a company we have long admired and with whom we have a lot in common – their story has many parallels to our own and more importantly they share our absolute dedication to improving education for all.”

In June last year, Firefly acquired home communications tool SchoolPost.

Date published: 16 March 2021

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