Schoop – looking to the future

Schoop - looking to the future
Schoop - looking to the future

Schoop, a contraction of ‘Schools in the Loop’, is an app that was originally created to help parents keep up to date with communications from their children’s schools. Over time it has evolved, and in its current iteration it is being used by schools and colleges, nurseries and preschools, clubs and societies, churches, public bodies, charities and businesses. SME caught up with founder Paul Smith to hear the plans for the future…

What countries do you operate in?

We can operate anywhere in the world, but our current operations service the UK, Europe, US, Russia and Australia. We are seeking partners in other countries.

What is your vision for the future? Are you looking to expand?

The global market for Schoop is worth around £26 billion per year, and is getting bigger every day. Our expansion plans are based on finding and developing global partner networks that can evidence a ready-made market from their existing customers.

The Welsh Government’s Accelerated Growth Programme has been a very helpful resource for us so far and we think there are many additional ways it can help us expand into new territories. For example, we’ve recently been chosen to participate in a ‘learning journey’ to MIT in Boston US, where we’re heading shortly.

Our vision is that Schoop will make a real difference in society. We’re already seeing amazing results from our schools. Where Schoop is used really effectively, schools are seeing big improvements in attainment, improved classroom behaviour, and increased attendance.