Texthelp receives new investment from Five Arrows


On behalf of everyone at Texthelp, I’m very happy to announce this morning that we have secured a significant investment from Five Arrows, the private equity arm of Rothschild & Co. 

This follows an investment from LDC, private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group back in May 2019, who are exiting as part of this transaction. 

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Press: Texthelp receives investment from Five Arrows

Boston, December 16, 2020: Texthelp Ltd, the global leader in literacy and accessibility technology, today announced a significant investment from Five Arrows, the private equity arm of Rothschild & Co,  as it replaces LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group. Five Arrows is investing in Texthelp through its European fund (Five Arrows Principal Investments) and its US fund (Five Arrows Capital Partners). Five Arrows targets investments in category-leading B2B data and software companies across healthcare, education, and other vertical end-markets.

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Workload Matters


"The key is in not spending time, but in investing it." - Stephen R. Covey.

There are many acronyms and buzzwords in lots of different professions; I would argue none so much as in education. Whether it’s important you know the difference between your SIP and DIP or how to do DIRT, I’ll leave up to you. But one word that has been prevalent throughout my career has been ‘workload’. Teaching is one of those jobs where there is always something else you could be doing. The job is never done. And if you’re someone like me who’s a bit of a perfectionist, it’s a recipe for all sorts of problems. 

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Webinar round up: Ensuring student achievement in reading and writing


On Tuesday December 15, we hosted a webinar focused on ensuring student achievement in reading and writing, even in a remote learning environment. It’s no secret that COVID-19 has disrupted education, widening the literacy gap for learners who were already struggling prior to school closures. According to a recent study by The World Bank Group, COVID-19 could result in average losses of 0.6 years of schooling, so we can expect to see existing achievement gaps grow exceedingly larger. Addressing these reading and writing losses is now an urgent challenge for education leaders.

In this round up blog, read the panel’s thoughts on the most commonly asked audience questions from the day. And if you have a burning question on a similar topic, you can Tweet us @texthelp, or drop us a comment here. We’d love to keep the discussion going. 

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Podcast: There’s more than one way to solve a math problem


On this episode of the Texthelp Talks podcast Joni Degner, Texthelp Territory Director and UDL expert, chats to Louis Shanafelt, EquatIO Product Manager, about how to make the math classroom a more even playing field for every student. They’ll explore topics like setting goals with your students, helping everyone to understand what’s expected of them during the lesson. They’ll also look into how students arrive to class with preconceived barriers to learning and what you can do to both plan for those and design your instruction to address them head on. 

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An FE Q&A: The College of the Future


Our Educational Technology Strategist, Patrick McGrath, sat down with two leaders within the FE Sector for a Q&A on what the future holds for colleges in the UK. They discussed everything from the current state of the FE sector, the impact of COVID-19 on colleges, the role of technology and of course what they think the college of the future looks like.

Hear from Stefanie Wilkinson, an education and quality improvement specialist working most recently as Director of Teaching and Learning in a large general FE college. And Lou Mycroft, a self proclaimed “FE nomad” with a background in public health and community work, who spent nearly two decades at the Northern College before making the decision to work nationally. 

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