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Serco Learning Progresso to cut school management system costs by 40 percent

Added: (Mon Nov 29 2010)

Pressbox (Press Release) - In a time of political change where school budgets are increasingly under scrutiny, Serco Learning (www.sercolearning.com) is helping to improve efficiency and reduce school management system costs by 40 percent with its range of hosted solutions and services. Visitors to stand F20 at BETT 2011 on 12-15 January, can talk to schools and Local Authorities about Serco Learning Progresso – the UK’s first online solution to intelligently manage school information. For the first time, all schools and Local Authorities, including independents, international, academies and free schools, could benefit from the eagerly awaited fourth generation information management system.

For visitors keen to enhance their current Management Information System (MIS), Serco Learning will be showcasing the latest developments of its popular Realview tool including a new exams module which provides real-time analysis of exam results straight from a school’s MIS. Schools can use this to measure their success against performance indicators, including subject-specific data. In addition, new core modules will help schools and Local Authorities break the cycle of underachievement by immediately identifying vulnerable children so interventions can be put in place.

Developed in conjunction with forty education specialists from schools, academy groups and Local Authorities, Serco Learning Progresso meets the needs identified by over 2000 schools already collaborating with the company. Progresso will be available for late 2011 and will provide schools with an information management solution that caters for individual needs in a safe, secure and timely manner. The system will seamlessly integrate with schools’ existing systems and dramatically reduce staff time spent on managing the application.

Providing a bird’s eye view of the whole school, class by class or even individual student groups, Serco Learning Progresso puts vital data at teachers’ fingertips the moment they log-on, freeing them to spend time teaching rather than manipulating numbers. Progresso’s simple, easy to use interface presents data in real-time without the need for searching, enabling staff at all levels of ICT competency to quickly and easily produce their own reports within three clicks of a button. Recognising that all school management systems hold a huge amount of data, Progresso presents tailored information to teachers and parents at the point of use. For example, if a pupil is absent after lunch the parent can be alerted immediately by telephone, text message or email.

As data security has become an increasingly complex issue for schools, with parents, governors and other education professionals outside the school building requiring access, Serco Learning Progresso is delivered via a central managed service which eliminates worry for the school by ensuring that information held in the data centre is always kept safe and secure by dedicated technical experts. Security is further enhanced by restricting access to information to only that specifically needed by the role of a user.

The web delivered and professionally managed solution enables schools and Local Authorities to share data easily. Collaboration between schools is also simplified whereby a student moving from one Serco Learning Progresso school to another within a Local Authority or cluster, the data will automatically be transferred. As a centrally managed system, featuring a single student record, Progresso’s design inherently supports the management of dual registered students or those attending work experience.

Serco Learning Progresso can be easily configured to adapt quickly to best practice, enabling schools and Local Authorities to define the specific metrics teaching professionals require to support students’ learning. Additional facilities such as SMS systems are integrated to aid the personal productivity of teachers and administrators. Parameters can be set according to individual teachers’ needs, for example teachers can identify and monitor vulnerable groups by setting a threshold which flags all students with attendance below 95 percent during a particular timeframe. Teachers can spot trends between attendance and attainment, inform relevant staff about any concerns and send instant notifications to parents.

Mohamad Djahanbakhsh, Managing Director of Serco Learning, comments: “To achieve best value for ICT, it is vital that schools take a holistic approach to purchasing. By working with a supplier which can host, as well as support, ICT solutions and services, schools will benefit tremendously from the reduced total cost of ownership. Serco Learning Progresso will enable schools to drive improvement, not the technology, allowing them to re-focus this time on embedding ICT into teaching and learning. With a successful 60-year track record of delivering services and solutions to the public sector, Serco Learning is committed to supporting every school’s long-term strategy and can adapt to their changing needs.”

For further information about Serco Learning Progresso or Realview, please contact Serco Learning on Tel: +44(0)1 332 660 555, e-mail: enquiries@sercolearning.com or visit the website: www.sercolearning.com/products/progresso.

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