We're pleased to announce that the next Double First Asia Pacific User Group will be held on 13-14 November 2014 at the Australian International School Malaysia, near Kuala Lumpar.
The agenda will include two streams, one aimed at the academic side of Engage and the other on the administrative and finance aspects. The Double First team will include staff from the UK and Double First Asia Pacific. They will have expertise in all areas of the Engage school management information system and the company's accounting applications.
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We're pleased to announce that the next Double First Middle East User Group will be held on 9-10 November 2014 at the Latifa School for Girls, Dubai, UAE.
Elements of the agenda will include two activity streams. One will focus on the academic modules of Engage and the other will examine the administrative and finance aspects. The Double First team will include staff from the UK and our local Double First Middle East consultants. They will have expertise in all areas of the Engage school management information system and the company's accounting applications.
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Following a successful tour of duty as a support services consultant for Double First in the Middle East, Jenny Knott has returned to the UK to take up a newly appointed role as northern region trainer for the company's Engage school management information system.
Jenny is a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire. Her career highlights include experience with IT systems, procurement, project management, training and web development for Cumbria County Council, working closely with schools in that region.
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Double First is very pleased to announce the appointment of Megan Seward and Sue Daly to its team of Middle East support consultants.
Megan Seward (pictured left) has performed various roles within schools, including running a pre-school, classroom assistant and reception. Her family moved to Abu Dhabi seven years ago and she then worked with a group of schools as a School Registrar.
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Double First has announced the latest release of its school management information system, Engage. The company follows a programme of monthly releases, allowing schools to plan their maintenance programme to suit local conditions. Cloud installations maintained by Double First are also available.
Releases are available from the Support Centre and are free to all licensed users of the Engage MIS, in common with the company's practice for all Double First software.
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In accordance with its programme of continuous improvement Double First has released the latest version of its Engage management information system that is dedicated to independent schools across the world.
The development programme is informed and driven by feedback from school academic and administrative staff, with comments tracked in an online Support Centre. New development is tailored to keeping pace with the ever-imporving standards in independent schools worldwide.
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The latest release of the Engage school management information system is now available for free download for all licensed users.
Engage v2014.06 contains a number of significant feature enhancements including a number of improvements to its Teacher, Staff and Parent Portals and client application.
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Double First is delighted to announce the appointment of Charles Mutinda to its wholly owned Double First Asia operation. He will serve as regional manager and will work with the increasing numbers of schools using Engage across the Asia Pacific region.
Charles' career in IT spans over 20 years and he has been living, studying and working in Asia since 2005. He holds a degree in Computer Science (UK) and an MBA (US/China). His experience includes programming, web development, training, IT systems management, project management and resource management.
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The latest monthly release of the Engage school management information system is now available for download from the Double First Support Centre.
Latest feature additions include:
- The pupil import and export facility enabling transfer of records between school installations has been enhanced
- Phase two of the SEPA Direct Debit work for the Fees module is now complete
- The Portal news ticker has been updated permitting display of the current day's events only if desired
v2014.05 also contains a series of improvements to Engage in response to school feedback.
Full details can be found within the release notes on the Support Centre.
The v2014.04 updates to the Engage client app and Portal are now available from the Double First Support Centre. New and updated features include:
- the Portal can now remember usernames and passwords on the login screen
- The staff screen now features a link between payroll absence fields
- An assessment column search field has been added to assist with the column creation process
- The reports database has been optimised for better performance
- A new right to work field has been added to the staff screen
- The Future Year Group and Future Form fields are now available for display in both the Allocate Pupil to Classes and Allocate Classes To Pupils screens within Pupil Allocation
- The UCI number has been included as an additional header field within the Exam Candidate Results report
Plus a series of enhancements and improvements in response to school feedback. Please see the release notes on the Support Centre for further information.
Double First is pleased to annnounce the v2014.02 release of its Engage school management information system.
This latest update of the software focuses on time-saving enhancements to the Fees module and additional functions in the Portal Notices and Daybook. For full details please see the release notes.
Engage releases are free to all currently licenced users of the software. Upgrades and release notes can be downloaded from the Support Centre.
The next Double First Asia User Group meeting will be held at Tenby International School in Penang, Malaysia on 20-21 March. The event has been extended to accommodate workshops for attendees following a successful trial of the concept in the Middle East last Autumn.
Watch out for announcements soon on UK and Middle East User Groups.
Following a very successful appearance at the BETT education show last year Double First has a different stand number but exactly the same location at London ExCel for this year's event which runs next week from 22-25 January.
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BSME Associate member Double First will be attending the British Schools in the Middle East Annual Conference in Abu Dhabi on 4-8 February.
This year's conference will focus on the concept of winning and how to apply winning techniques to member schools. Guest speakers include Humphrey Walters, Ben Walden and Simon Noakes.
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Double First is delighted to welcome Mohamad Ramdan bin Suliman to its team in Singapore. Ramdan will work alongside Sadik Jamil in leading the delivery of support in the Far East for Double First Asia.
Ramdan is experienced in facilities and IT infrastructure projects and has spent the last four years teaching in schools for the Singapore Ministry of Education. He has broad educational sector experience including Special Needs Provision, creation of specific programmes to develop students and development and delivery of extracurricular activities including holiday camps.
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Double First staff will be attending the Boarding Scools' Association Annual Conference for Deputy Heads and Heads of Boarding at The Queen's Hotel, Leeds on 23-24 January 2014.
The BSA serves and represents member boarding schools in the UK, training staff and promoting boarding education in both independent and state boarding schools. Double First recognises the key role of Deputy Heads and Heads of Boarding and always enjoys visiting this event.
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The latest release for Engage and the Engage Portals is now available.
- Academic Year Filters can display one calendar year
- Receipts can be emailed to contacts (as well as letters, invoices and statements)
- Receipts are available in the Parent Portal
- The destination of staff leavers can be recorded in more detail
- Speed of operation in Portal Lesson Planning has been improved
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Double First has announced its support arrangements for the Christmas and winter holiday break at the end of the month.
"Our worldwide offices mean that we can offer comprehensive and appropriate support over this period," Support Services Manager Mike Taylor explains. "Our team will be available to assist schools as required and of course our Support Centre is also available 24/7.
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