Who we are

We’re a non-profit joint-venture between Ark & the NEON Foundation. We exist to improve the quality of data-driven decision-making in schools.

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Ark is an international organisation whose purpose is to transform children's lives. Ark’s programmes include Ark Schools, Frontline and Mathematics Mastery.

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NEON Foundation is the philanthropic arm of NEON. The Foundation focuses on building innovative digital products for the education sector.

As well as Ark and NEON, we are lucky to have Zing as a founding partner.

Zing

Zing supports organisations whose outcomes are focused on young people realising their potential.

Meet the team

Josh

Joshua Perry

Director

Gareth

Gareth Jones

Chief Technology Officer

Sahil

Sahil Shah

Customer Support Associate

Tom

Tom Shirley

Data Analyst

James

James Walters

Head of Product

Nick

Nick Kostelnik

Senior Developer

Stuart

Stuart Saunderson

Full Stack Developer

Dave

Dave Lancaster

Full Stack Developer

Kate

Kate Butler

Finance Manager

Andrew

Andrew Kenward

Finance Officer

Andy

Andy Kent

Advisor

Partners

MIME are a leading education data consultancy. They provide Assembly with input and advice on our approach to analytics.

We are proud to be a member of BESA and adhere to their code of practice

In the press

Collaboration is the solution for MAT technology problems

Joshua Perry highlights how the rise of the multi academy trust can offer new ways for schools and suppliers to work more closely together.

Assessment without levels: how are schools approaching it?

"More and more schools are using standardised assessments alongside tracking systems to benchmark themselves", says Joshua Perry in his opinion piece for Schools Week.

Heads in the clouds

"It is like we have invented the car but we haven’t yet built the roads," says Joshua Perry, the founder of Assembly, a non-profit venture trying to make it easier for startups to connect to MIS and other data sources.

Ark’s new ‘Assembly’ service seeks to help edu-tech start ups

Successful academy chain Ark is launching a new cloud-based service today to break open the market for start-up education technology companies, Schools Week can exclusively reveal.

Our values

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School improvement led

We exist to help schools use data to improve outcomes for students and to help them succeed. Everything we do has school improvement in mind.

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User focused

We believe that good design can help to simplify complex concepts. We care about making life easier for schools and developers alike.

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Responsible

Data security is central to everything we do. We set ourselves high standards and support those we work with to do the same. We will never share or use data without explicit permission.

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Open

We are open about how we do business and we share our insights and materials wherever possible to help the sector.