“We started our journey as a teacher and a software engineer who met online and decided to make great software for schools.”
Duncan, with his knowledge and understanding of the education sector, and Gintas, with his cutting-edge software skills, lead the team behind what Edukey do.
There are now over 40 staff members on the team and the majority of these are people Duncan used to teach or work with.
We are Edukey: we make great software for schools and we love what we do.
Edukey is awarded the prestigious BETT Award in the ‘ICT Leadership and Management solutions’ category. The award was won for our Class Charts product which provides teachers with data rich seating charts and streamlined behaviour management reports. Coinciding with BETT, the world’s leading event for learning technology, the awards are considered the highest accolade in the industry.
Acquired by tes who have over 100 years of pedigree working with teachers and is a brand globally recognised by teachers. Acquisition by tes gave Edukey a significant opportunity to grow into the edtech business it is today.
August – Edukey opened their first office in St David’s, Pembrokeshire (above the TYF shop on the square if you know St David’s – big thanks to Andy Middleton for helping us out in those early days).
Launch of Class Charts, www.classcharts.com – Duncan used data rich seating plans at school and this project initially began as a tool to reduce the teacher workload involved in making seating plans for their classes. Behaviour is a big barrier to learning and so this was a natural development of the software, and by overlaying behaviour on top of seating plans they could utilise Gintas’ skills to create algorithms that identify how pupils influence each other in the classroom.
Edukey’s first employees, Jamie started working at Edukey (aka Duncan’s house at the time). Duncan was still teaching full-time and the phone hardly ever rang. Nia and Sam then joined and made us a team of 5 people.
Duncan and Gintas met online; they shared a vision of creating great software for schools and made the ideal combination of experienced teacher and outstanding software developer. They decided to team up, and for the next 2 years, they built Edukey’s software without ever speaking on the phone, Skyping or meeting in person – it was all achieved via email and a Google Chat window.
Gintas was studying Software Engineering with Machine Learning at Edinburgh University, as he thinks in binary, he sailed through with a first-class degree.