The Double First team will be exhibiting at the Boarding Schools Association's Deputy Heads and Heads of Boarding Conference at the Grand Hotel in Brighton later this week on 28-29 January 2016.
Entitled 'Good, Better, Best, the conference is to feature several key presentation on the future development of boarding and school leaders. Television presenter Ben Fogle will offer his thoughts on how boarding helped him meet his challenges.
If you are attending please do stop to say hello to us – we look forward to seeing you there.
Following demand from schools Double First has developed and released a mobile app for the Engage school management information system.
The Engage School App is being released in phases with the first being dedicated to parents. It enables quick and secure access to vital information such as timetabling, school notices, current fee balance and pupil and student reports.
Engage MIS School mobile app — full story
The latest version of Double First's Engage school management information system is set for release this week as a part of our programme of continual improvement in response to school feedback.
Engage MIS v2016.01 includes improvements and additions to Extra-Curricular Activities, the dummy database functionality, email merge, Class Marksheets and timetable. This release also contains the latest fields required to accommodate the UK 2016 ISC Census reports.
Engage MIS v2016.01 — full story
Double First is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted at the Bett Awards 2016, a real accolade at an event that attracts nearly 800 exhibitors, including major companies such as Google, Microsoft, HP and Samsung. Keynote speakers this year include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
The Bett Awards is, in the words of the organiser, "more difficult than ever to win" due to an increasing number of entries of high standard. Double First is in the running for the ICT Exporter of the Year category, a great recognition of progress made in working with key schools in countries around the world.
Double First shortlisted for Bett Awards — full story
In its latest release Engage, Double First's school management information system now has fully integrated SMS text message facilities built right into its modules. To complement these features, we are offering a text bundle service that has self service ordering and an auto top-up facility.
New school SMS text service — full story
Double First has released a significant version of its Engage school management information software that contains a fully integrated school SMS text messaging system, plus significant improvements to the Engage School Web Admissions tool that can fully integrate with any school website.
Many of the feature ideas incorporated are requested by academic and administrative staff from our school customers, through our twice yearly regional user group activities, our Share Ideas portal and via regular contact with the schools on the telephone and on our Support Portal.
Engage v2015.11 released — full story
Double First is pleased to announce the latest release of its Engage school management information software. Many of the feature ideas incorporated are requested by school academic and administrative staff, through our active user group programme, our Share Ideas portal and via regular contact with the schools. Improvements are released on monthly cycle.
Engage v2015.10 contains a series of improvements across the application's features, including Marksheets, Pupil Search, Staff Timetable, Activities, Pupil Registration, Assessments and Timetable.
Engage v2015.10 — full story
Double First is pleased to announce the latest release of its Engage school management information software. We work on a monthly release cycle to provide schools with the new features and updates that result from our programme of constant improvement. Many of the these are requested by schools themselves, through our Share Ideas portal.
Engage v2015.09 contains a series of improvements across the application's features, including Timetable, Activities, Core Pupil Details, Curriculum and Reports.
Engage v2015.09 — full story
Significant interest in the Engage school management system by South African schools has prompted Double First to open its latest global sales and support office, in Johannesburg.
Engage School Management Systems in South Africa is a wholly owned operation that will provide a full range of implementation, support, training and sales services locally. It will serve schools throughout the Southern African region as well as working closely within the global Engage support network, which now operates for around 21 hours most days, six days per week.
Our first appointment for Engage School Management Systems South Africa is Jenny Dry, a highly experienced business manager and bursar.
Engage in South Africa — full story
The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) is a schools association with around 650 of the world’s leading prep schools in membership. Double First has had a close working relationship with this body for many years and we are looking forward to visiting the Annual Heads' Conference at Celtic Manor, Newport, as a sponsor and attendee at the annual dinner on 29 September.
Themed 'Is Your School In Good Heart?', the conference will feature a wide range of presenters including General Sir Mike Jackson, Sir John Jones and Roy Blatchford. Broadcaster and journalist Matthew Parris will give the after dinner speach.
Brooke Hornby and one of Double First's latest recruits, Richard Riley, will be attending and look forward to meeting with all of the delegates.
Double First's Engage school management information software is updated on a monthly cycle to provide schools with the very latest developments without delay. Many of the changes are requested by schools themselves, through our Share Ideas portal.
Engage v2015.08 contains a series of improvements across the application's features, including core pupil details, staff details, fees, prospective pupil management, export to Excel, email merge, alert creator, attendance, staff and parent portals, activities, timetable, daybook and room booking.
Engage v2015.08 released — full story
Engage v2015.07 has introduced exciting new calendar integration options for third party solutions like Outlook and Google, as well as a further range of tools for the Staff and Parent Portals. This further extends the Engage school management information system's role at the heart of independent schools, enabling staff, teachers and parents to co-ordinate their schedules in new and more powerful ways.
Engage integrated school calendar — full story
Double First is pleased to announce the release of the v2015.07 version of its Engage school management information system.
Engage v2015.07 includes a number of new features and improvements in response to school feedback, including functionality suggested on the Double First Share Ideas portal (this can now also be more easily accessed using icons on the Portal and Desktop App).
Improvements have been made in a number of areas including Room Booking, Marking, Fees, Pupils, Report Comments, Activities, Notices, Parents Evening, Homework and Admin. A number of advanced features have been added to the Calendar functions including the ability to better integrate with a number of external calendar systems.
Engage v2015.07 read more
Double First is pleased to announce the next round of User Groups for its Engage school management information and accounting systems, which will be held in the Autumn of this year.
These events are open to all customers of Double First software and comprise a mix of presentations, feedback, discussion, training and one-to-one sessions. They are free to attend and organised in each of the key regions in which Double First operates.
Autumn User Groups read more
The latest version of our Engage school management information system is now available for download from the Double First Support Centre.
The v2015.06 release includes new features and updates to Assessment Reporting, Daybook, Attendance, Parents Evening, Activities, Admin, Fees, Room Booking, Fees, Staff, Pupils, Timetable and Performance Tracking.
Engage v2015.06 read more
Exam Seat Planning is now available to all licensed users of our Engage school management system's Examination Module. This will make it possible to arrange examination rooms, manually or automatically assign pupils to desks and assign invigilators to exams.
Exam Seating Planning read more
Double First is pleased to announce the launch of Engage Accounts, a richly featured school finance management solution, with broad capabilities for schools and groups that require it, but still equally adaptable for the smaller school. When used with our Engage school management information system it perfectly connects all of the dots between the bursary, the SMT, parents and teaching staff.
Engage Accounts for schools read more
The v2015.05 release for the Engage school management information system is now available to download from the Support Centre.
This month's release focuses on a series of incremental improvements to Engage across security, co-curricular attendance, assessments, curriculum, contacts, fees, timetable, examinations, and portal speed. The requirements have evolved from customer feedback directly, at user groups and via our Share Ideas portal.
Engage v2015.05 read more