IRIS Software Group acquires education compliance and HR management software specialist Every

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Group expands footprint to strengthen mission critical software solutions for schools and trusts

16 November 2021IRIS Software Group (IRIS), one of the UK’s largest providers of specialist education software, is today announcing it has acquired Every, a leading compliance and HR management solution provider for the education sector.

Founded in 2010, Every is a leading provider of compliance and HR management software to schools and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) in the UK. Schools trust Every’s compliance modules to provide an end-to-end system for ensuring adherence to statutory compliance requirements relating to policies, facilities and equipment, enabling them to reduce risk across the entire school estate. In response to educators’ requests, Every developed an integrated HR solution which launched to market early this year.

Set to add to the scope of compliance and HR offerings within IRIS Education, Every is closely aligned with the IRIS Software Group’s vision to provide and strengthen mission critical services in schools and MATs. With a new academic year well underway, schools and MATs have their own unique challenges to consider. Senior leaders need real-time intelligence so they can make quick decisions for the good of the school and MAT and have the bandwidth to focus on what matters most – improving the life chances of pupils.

The move marks the next stage in IRIS’ mission to rapidly expand its IRIS Education HR software offering, at a time when many schools and MATs need seamless, integrated solutions. HR is more complex in education due to specific pay scales, salary structures and pension filings. Every’s solution provides integrated, centralised, real-time digital records for HR and finance teams that saves significant time and resources on reporting and tracking and managing staff absence.

More than 12,000 UK schools and trusts use IRIS, with four million parents and guardians using IRIS apps to connect with their children’s school; 300 million messages are delivered between schools and parents each year, and more than £15 million worth of transactional payments are processed each month. One in five UK employees is paid via IRIS payroll solutions and globally, IRIS processes six million payslips every month.

Simon Freeman, MD of IRIS Education says,

“We are delighted to welcome Every to the IRIS family. This is another step towards creating the most comprehensive end-to-end software offering for schools and trusts – one that takes the pain out of important day to day activities, and ensures they can focus on what matters most, teaching. We’re very excited about continuing to support Every’s growth and market leading people and products to benefit both existing and new customers.”

Ian Bond, Founder of Every says,

“It’s now more important than ever to make sure education professionals have the tools to make their jobs more manageable, empower them with better decision making, and identify more efficient ways of working. Joining the IRIS family allows us to build on what we’ve achieved to date and add greater value to our customers. We are excited about the future with IRIS and reinforcing our commitment to service excellence for our customers.”


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About IRIS Software Group

IRIS Software Group is a leading global provider of mission critical software and services and one of UK’s largest privately held software companies. It exists to take the pain out of processes and let professionals focus on the work they love.

IRIS provides finance, productivity, engagement, HR and payroll software solutions and services for accountancy firms, businesses and educational organisations, helping them comply with regulations, be more productive and better engage with key stakeholders. Through simplifying, automating and providing insights on everyday mission-critical tasks for organisations of all shapes and sizes, IRIS ensures customers can look forward with certainty and confidence.

Over 12,000 UK schools and academies use IRIS, with four million parents and guardians using IRIS apps to connect with their children’s school; 300 million messages are delivered between schools and parents each year, and over £15 million transactional payments are processed every month.

IRIS has over 100,000 global customers with 80% having a tenure of five or more years. 21,000 UK accountancy practices, including 90 of the top 100 firms and hundreds of US CPAs, including 50 of the top 100 firms, use IRIS software. IRIS is the largest third-party online filer with the UK Government. Over 6m employees globally, including one in five of the UK’s workforce is paid by IRIS payroll offerings. More than 850,000 UK employees are managed by IRIS HR solutions. IRIS is placed in the Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 and the Megabuyte50, and is certified as Great Place to Work and a Great Place to Work for Women ®.

To see how IRIS helps organisations get things right first time, every time, visit or follow IRIS Software Group on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

About Every

Every is a leading provider of compliance and HR software solutions to the Education sector. It provides easy to use, practical software and professional support, all with the aim of making every customer’s day job more enjoyable.

Every provides end-to-end solutions for over 3,500 schools and MATs, from smartphone apps through to live RAG reporting on a broad range of compliance and HR categories. Its solutions are supported with professional services, from full asset audits to personalised virtual and onsite training.

Over 300,000 MAT users access Every software to manage more than 3,000,000 issues and £1.5bn+ worth of assets tracked within their compliance management system. Over 30,000 UK employees are managed by Every HR solutions, from performance reviews and absences through to Single Central Record details and Workforce Census for submission to the DfE annually.

To see how Every helps organisations make better, more informed decisions, visit or follow Every on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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