Questions that Schools Frequently Ask
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Q. Why do parents need to see this information?

A. It has been shown that greater parental engagement in a child’s education enhances the progress and attainment of that child. It is also a government target to give parents access to this information - see here.


Q. Will this make more work for the school?

A. No, the data is already collected. The parents can access it at any time via the internet and also receive text message alerts. This will save the school long and frequent phone calls and costly mailing as well as always being right up-to-date.


Q. I currently use Capita SIMS .NET will this work with the Parent Portal?

A. Yes, the Parent Portal has been designed to work with SIMS .Net.


Q. What will the parents be able to see?

A. This is configured by the school themselves and you will be initially helped during the short setup. You can choose to display attendance, reports, newsletters, information documents and notifications as well as timely notification of absence or other problems.


Q. Is this very complicated, needing lots of training?

A. No, the Parent Portal has been designed to be simple and intuitive to use, for both schools and parents.


Q. Can it be customised to the school?

A. Yes, the school can add their own logo and other requirements, such as the number of registration periods per day.


Q. Who supplies, supports and maintains the Parent Portal?

A. Oakford Technology is a well established company within the educational sector and has designed and will support and maintain the Parent Portal. Oakford has designed the Parent Portal in association with a number of schools and parents over a significant amount of time.


Q. Why was the Parent Portal designed?

A. The Parent Portal was designed originally for Lavington School in Wiltshire. Lavington is an outstanding school according to Ofsted and wanted a Parental Engagement solution that they could control and could have input on its development. Working closely with Lavington School and other early adopters of the Parent Portal Oakford has designed an easy to use and robust parental engagement tool that allows the school to control what information is presented to parents and to significantly reduce the queries for information from parents.


Q. Is my data secure?

A. All of the data transferred from the school to the Parent Portal servers and the Parent Portal servers to the parent is encrypted using 256bit encryption. This is the same level of encryption banks use when you log onto your bank account across the Internet. The Parent Portal servers themselves are physically stored in two secure 24x7 manned data centres both of which offer full redundancy and security.


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For a demonstration or further information please contact our Parent Portal specialists on 01380 888 088.