Our Story

“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 timeline

2019
2019 BETT Company of year winners

2019 BETT Company of year winners

We are pleased to announce our BIG win at the BETT Awards 2019. Edukey Education won Company of the Year 2019.

2018

Runner up, BETT Awards company of the year

Runner up, BETT Awards company of the year

Runner up, BETT Awards company of the year.

2017

Secured Government contract with Malta

Secured Government contract with Ministry Education and Employment, Malta.

Won BETT Awards

Won BETT Awards

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.

2016
Acquired by tes

Acquired by tes

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.

2015
Shortlisted for BETT Awards

Shortlisted for BETT Awards

Edukey is shortlisted as a finalist at the BETT Awards 2015!

2014

One of the top 5 EdTech startups in Europe

Identified as one of the top 5 EdTech startups in Europe and selected to be part of the Sanoma Challenge at The Next Web Conference, Amsterdam.

Shortlisted for BETT Awards

Shortlisted for BETT Awards

2013

Taking the plunge

September – Duncan decided to take the plunge and left teaching to focus on Edukey full time, yikes!

Opened first office

Opened first office

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 Chart

Launch of Class Chart

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.

2012

Edukey’s first employees

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.

Launch of Provision Map

Launch of Provision Map

Launch of Provision Map, www.provisionmap.co.uk – Duncan identified the increasing workload and demand put on SENCOs with the administration of SEND and worked with Gintas to develop our School Management Information System for SENCOs.

2011
Launch of Literacy Assessment

Launch of Literacy Assessment

Launch of Literacy Assessment, www.literacyassessment.co.uk – literacy is the gateway to learning and the pair decided to develop this product to help schools identify and track those pupils needing support with literacy.

2010

Launch of Report Comment Bank

Launch of Report Comment Bank

Launch of first product, Report Comment Bank, www.reportcomment.co.uk – they built this to help busy teachers write their end of year school reports.

Sharing the vision

Sharing the vision

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 – Software Engineer / Machine Learning

Gintas was studying Software Engineering with Machine Learning at Edinburgh University, as he thinks in binary, he sailed through with a first-class degree.

Duncan – Head of ICT

Duncan was Head of ICT at Ysgol Bro Gwaun, Pembrokeshire. He had been working at the school for 13 years and gained a wealth of experience as HoD, HoY and working with SEN.