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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
Double First pursues a policy of continuous reinvestment in its products and monthly releases of Engage bring incremental changes that are engineered in response to school suggestions and user feedback.
Implementation of the Engage education information management system has transformed the way in which The British School of Barcelona (BSB) in Spain manages its key staff, pupil and parent data.
The installation of Engage has enabled BSB to be in control of its data, with teachers now able to report accurately on pupil performance when required. “Data now flows through the school from prospective pupil to past pupil,” states Jon Cronin, assistant head of e-Enhancement.
Responding to demand for best practice training from the wide range of schools using the Engage school information system in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Double First has added a second workshop day to its forthcoming user group meeting.
The event will be held on 20-21 November 2013 at Azzan Bin Qais School in Muscat, Oman. Attendees from Double First will include Paul Rastall, Simon Parsons, Jenny Knott and Richard Jones.