Double First Pearson E1 assist programmePearson Fronter, formerly known as Pearson Phoenix, has announced the withdrawal of its E1 management information system from all English and Scottish schools, effective 30 September 2014. Support will cease at that time.

The multinational is also seeking to transfer reseller and support rights for its E1 Finance product to an as yet unnamed bidder.

This announcement effectively means that all schools using Pearson E1 have just under a year to select and implement an alternate management information system. Pearson has expressed a preference for its E1 customers to transfer to RM’s Integris G2 system, stating that both companies share similar values. But it also acknowledges that schools should make their own decisions about what is appropriate to their needs.

Double First’s Group Communications Director Kim Hollamby confirmed “we want to assure all schools using E1 that we are ready and waiting to provide a top class replacement, from initial consultancy through to data migration, implementation and training.

“We will better or match all elements of Pearson’s proposed migration path to Integris,” Kim continued. “Through Engage we can provide functionality missing in Integris, such as Pupil and Parent Portals. We also own and develop our own finance software and manage all support in-house.

Double First has a 25-year track record of commitment to providing software systems for the independent school sector, we are in this market for the long run and our team will work hard to ensure that independent schools using E1 are not disadvantaged by Pearson’s unfortunate decision to terminate a core school system.”

If you have questions regarding the E1 announcement, please contact Brooke Hornby at Double First and she will arrange for you to speak with the correct consultants within the team.