Juniper Education has acquired Sisra, which provides secondary schools, academies and trusts with data analytics tools to evaluate exam performance and manage staff development.

SISRA’s Observe software helps schools track their staff teaching performance and delivers support tailored to staff members in primary and secondary schools.

Juniper Education chairman Gavin Freed said: “There’s no time to lose when it comes to helping our children catch up after the disruption caused by the pandemic. The acquisition of Sisra bolsters our ability to help schools predict their student’s performance strengths and weaknesses so that they can make sound decisions and take quick action to provide the right support.

“The ability to spot and fill gaps in teachers’ professional development needs is the additional piece required to complete the whole picture of the school improvement challenge, ensuring teachers can make the most of any time they have in front of their pupils.

Sisra’s founder and managing director Terry Graham, who is remaining with the firm during the transition, said: “With the rise of academies and multi-academy trusts there is a constant and significant change in the education sector and this change shows no sign of slowing down. Both schools and academy trusts need next-generation technology and service partners like Juniper Education who can help them assemble the essential information they need as effectively as possible.”

Simon Hitchcock, managing partner at Horizon Capital, the private equity firm which owns Juniper Education, added: “Developing a timely and accurate picture for teachers and school leaders is at the core of school improvement. The Sisra acquisition will ensure that Juniper Education can deliver the exact information schools need across both the primary and secondary school phases, establishing the business as the school improvement partner of choice for any school or academy group.”

This is Juniper’s fifth acquisition in 2020. In January it acquired two companies: Prime Principle, developers of the Classroom Monitor pupil performance tracker; and online assessment and reporting provider Maze Education.

This was followed in June by the purchase of Pupil Asset, a management information system provider to 900 UK primary schools; and in September with the acquisition of FS4S, which provides schools, academies and multi-academy trusts with payroll and HR-management services.

Date published: 24 November 2020

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