United Kingdom


Serving academies, schools, colleges and universities

Frontier Software offers a truly flexible integrated HR and payroll solution in chris21, ideal for all sectors.  Our wide client range is satisfied that their individual solution fits their business needs with the knowledge that chris21 versatility allows for future enhancements and addition of modules when required. 

All around the world, education is regarded as a vital business service, allowing organisations to develop and grow. Understanding the needs of this sector, Frontier Software has built an impressive range of clients from schools to universities who have put their trust in chris21 and Frontier Software Payroll Services.

HESA, SIR, TPA Reporting


The Education sector has specific reporting requirements which chris21 accommodates:

  • HESA - Higher Education Statistics Agency returns
  • SIR - Staff Individualised Record
  • TPA - Teachers' Pension Administration return

chris21 can also comply with the complex salary scales and rates frequently encountered within schools, colleges and universities.


In the UK, Frontier Software has seen a growth in the number of enquiries and new business from schools since the introduction of the Academies Bill.

The Academies Bill, 2010-2011 is changing the educational HR and payroll landscape:  “The Bill would enable more schools in England to become academies. The Government expects a significant number of academies to open in September 2010, and for the number to grow each year. Academies would be funded at a comparable level to maintained schools but would also get their share of central funding that local authorities used to spend on their behalf. Schools that apply to become academies would be allowed to keep any surplus balances that they hold. There would be no expansion of selection but grammar schools and other schools which select or partially select pupils would be able to continue to do so.”


Frontier Software is an important supplier to Colleges. In the UK, many colleges use chris21 as a solid secure basis to provide inhouse integrated HR and payroll.


In this ever-changing economic climate, universities are looking for a better return on investment. Frontier Software, with chris21, is providing an established integrated HR and payroll platform, as well as offering payroll outsourcing services where universities are looking for greater cost savings.


HR & Payroll
Comprehensive Human Resource Integrated Solution Click to read more »
Chris 21 - Comprehensive Human Resource Integrated Solution
Self Service
Create a virtual HR office & realise significant savings Click to read more »
HR 21 - Employee and Manager Self Service
Recruitment Management
Effective management of applicants Click to read more »
Effective management of applicants
Time and Attendance
Capturing attendance from multiple time recording devices
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TA 21 - Time & Attendance
Learning & Development
Tools to manage an entire staff training programme Click to read more »
LD 21 - Learning & Development
Performance Management
Vital for both staff development and business growth Click to read more »
EPM 21 - Performance Management (e-Performance)
E-claim / Expenses
Self service expense claims management Click to read more »
ECL 21 - E-claim / Expenses
Human Resources Dashboard
Powerful tool for communicating critical information Click to read more »
DSH 21 - Human Resources Dashboard