25 Jan 2019

Assembly to become part of Groupcall

Groupcall Limited
Today it was announced that Assembly, a venture working to transform the way schools use data, is becoming part of Groupcall. Assembly, a joint venture between Ark and the Neon Foundation, has been incubated by Ark since it was founded in 2015. By transferring to Groupcall, Assembly has found a widely-respected partner who will support the organisation as it continues to grow. Assembly has two core services: the Assembly Platform, which integrates school management information systems and other education software; and Assembly Analytics, which offers data analysis software to Multi Academy Trusts (MATs). Groupcall is a leading provider of data, identity management and communications solutions for schools. It is the UK market leader in parental communication, data integration and analytics services for schools. The two organisations therefore have complementary businesses, and both will gain knowledge and expertise from the deal. Prior to joining Groupcall, Assembly had been incubated within Ark Ventures, a home for great ideas that have the potential to improve the lives of children. Ark Ventures is part of Ark, an education charity that also runs a network of 38 high-performing schools in London, Portsmouth, Birmingham and Hastings. Joshua Perry, Director of Assembly said: “Assembly’s mission is to improve outcomes in schools through better use of data. We have made huge progress and are now working with thousands of schools across the country. By becoming part of the Groupcall family we can draw on their technology, knowhow, and network of over 20,000 schools. Groupcall share our values and have committed to continue our mission to create a modern data ecosystem, and to share good practice and thought leadership in the effective use of data.” Richard Grazier, President and Chief Operating Officer of Groupcall, said: “Assembly is a hugely respected organisation and are bringing two proven sets of technology to the Groupcall family. Both their school integration platform and Assembly Analytics are rooted in a keen understanding of the needs and demands of schools and help reinforce Groupcall’s market leadership in each area.  We are very much looking forward to working with the Assembly team, their edtech partners and customers to bring together the wide range of knowledge both companies possess to help drive our products forward and better meet the needs of current and future customers alike.”  The transaction creates a long-term strategic partnership between Ark and Groupcall which will further support the charitable missions of Ark and Ark Schools in future years. Michael Clark, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ark said: “By joining Groupcall, Assembly will be part of an organisation with the resources and expertise to continue to support and expand on its mission. We are really pleased that, as part of this transfer, Ark’s 38 schools will gain access to a full suite of Groupcall’s products to support our strategic technology plan. This will make a real difference to our schools. The transfer of Assembly is an example of Ark’s success in incubating and scaling ventures that create systemic change in education.” Groupcall has announced that they will maintain the Assembly brand, and the full Assembly team will transfer to Groupcall through a TUPE process. -ENDS- NOTES TO EDITORS:   About Assembly: Assembly is an education data venture jointly founded by the education charity Ark, and NEON Foundation, the philanthropic arm of a family office. Assembly aims to transform the way schools use data to inform decision-making. Assembly’s cloud-based data platform allows different products to integrate with each other and share valuable data. Assembly also offers schools easy to understand, visual analytics combining data from across multiple systems. Assembly doesn’t replace existing systems; it connects them. About Ark Ark is an education charity that exists to make sure that all children, regardless of their background, have access to a great education. Ark runs 38 schools in Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth, educating around 26,000 students. www.arkschools.org  Michael Clark is available for interviews… Joshua Perry is available for interviews…   About Ark Ventures Ark Ventures is a home for great people and ideas that have the potential to transform the lives of children. Ark Ventures incubates, launches and scales mission-aligned ventures, contributing strategic and operational support while they grow into sustainable organisations.  www.arkventures.org About Groupcall Launched in 2001, Groupcall provides data, communication, analytics and identity management solutions to schools, local authorities and multi-academy trusts, with products in over 20,000 U.K. schools. Groupcall has launched a number of award-winning products that increase attendance, improve child safety, enhance parental engagement and support senior leaders to get more value from their data. Now part of the Community Brands family, Groupcall has joined Wisepay and Eduspot to provide the best in education technology directly to over 14,000 UK schools. Learn more at groupcall.com, or follow Groupcall on Twitter and LinkedIn.  
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