- Deal represents unique opportunity to integrate the UK’s leading provider of essential duty of care and safeguarding training with the world’s largest online community of teachers.
- Acquisition is in line with Tes Global’s previous strategic investments in essential products and services used by the teaching community.
- EduCare has trained over 6 million people in a variety of different sectors to fulfil their duty of care to children, young people and adults. Their services are used in 30,000 schools and colleges, as well as education inspectorates, charities, the emergency services, the NHS and other businesses across the globe.
London: 28th August 2019
Tes Global (“Tes”), the digital education business, has acquired EduCare (“EduCare Learning Ltd”), the UK’s leading provider of essential duty of care and safeguarding training.
EduCare provides online self-serve training, helping teachers and others to meet their safeguarding and duty of care responsibilities. The acquisition of EduCare will expand Tes’s highly successful teacher training and development arm, Tes Institute, which is now one of the UK’s largest qualifiers of teachers. It also further positions Tes as a leading edtech provider of digital services to teachers and schools.
EduCare was founded by Keir McDonald MBE, with a goal of elevating awareness, instilling knowledge and the confidence to act around key safeguarding and duty of care issues. EduCare’s highly respected online training helps ensure the safety of children and vulnerable people across society and supports institutions in meeting the statutory requirements set out in the Department for Education’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) and other guidance. Combining EduCare’s safeguarding products with the existing Tes portfolio is very much in line with Tes’s mission to help teachers and schools worldwide improve the lives of children through education.
Rob Grimshaw, CEO of TES Global said:
“We’re delighted that EduCare will be joining the Tes family. Teachers and thousands of others who work with children love EduCare’s training and we’re excited about the opportunity to make it available to the Tes community of more than 11 million educators worldwide.
EduCare’s wide range of courses are used to help keep children safe in schools all over the world, including thousands of English primary and secondary schools. Keir has built a market leading business around a strong vision and a principled approach. Tes will stay true to these values as we aim to extend EduCare’s impact even further.”
Keir McDonald MBE, Founder and CEO of EduCare, said:
“Since I founded EduCare, its mission has been to keep people safe and eliminate ignorance in areas of duty of care. I’m delighted that this can continue under Tes’s stewardship.
With over six million course completions and one million just in the last 12 months, Tes are absolutely the right company to rapidly build on these numbers; I couldn’t imagine a better future for EduCare. Our success in building EduCare could not have been achieved without our brilliant staff and I would like to thank them all for supporting me in my mission.”
Tes believes in the power of great teaching. Our mission is to support and connect teachers and schools worldwide, helping them to improve children’s lives through education.
With more than 11m teachers in our online community and working relationships with 25,000 schools in over 100 countries, Tes has the scale to make a difference. Tes helps schools find the teachers they need; it brings new teachers into the profession through initial teacher training; it provides teachers with continuous professional development and tools to help them succeed in the classroom; it brings educators together online so they can share expertise and it provides them with vital news and information about education.”
Tes is a leader in using digital technology to make life easier for schools and teachers. The services offered through Tes.com play a critical role helping teachers and school leaders deal with the challenges of providing high quality education to millions of children across the globe. Strategically, Tes is focused on transforming itself into a software business, delivering an expanding portfolio of smart, flexible and cost-effective services over the web. As a brand, Tes draws on a rich heritage stretching back over 100 years and the unique place it occupies at the centre of the education community.
Tes is a global company employing over 600 people and operating across 20 offices, including in London, Sheffield, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Dubai.
EduCare is in the business of changing perceptions and behaviours. Its mission is to empower people with the right knowledge and confidence to act in a safeguarding or duty of care situation.
The company works with a trusted network of expert partners to extract and distil knowledge into memorable, relevant and empowering instructional products and services that are affordable and accessible to all – this essentially is EduCare’s key differentiator. Its products and services are predominantly provided to the education, sport and healthcare sectors to support their duty of care and safeguarding needs.
The company employs an outcome-oriented design methodology and supports customers with rich, memorable content which can be easily updated and maintained. Over the last 30 years, over 6 million learners have completed an EduCare course, with over 1,000,000 courses being taken this year alone. EduCare is based in Royal Leamington Spa and works with thousands of schools in the UK and across the globe and has helped over 30,000 businesses that operate in an education setting to train their people in safeguarding skills.
About the deal
Keir McDonald and Educare were represented by Leamington Spa-based advisors Burgis & Bullock Corporate Finance Ltd and Wright Hassall LLP. TES were advised by DLA Piper and KPMG.
For more information:
Tes Global Internal Communications Manager
Tel: 0203 194 3142
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Tes Global Communications Manager
Tel: 020 3194 3135
Mobile: 07977 522 453