Why is the Parent Portal needed?
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As you are probably aware, in June 2008 Jim Knight, then Schools Minister, announced that "all maintained schools will be expected to start the move towards online reporting, with:

  • All secondary schools providing parents with online reports by September 2010; and
  • All primary schools meeting the requirement by September 2012.

Research and existing practice show that good parental engagement improves the achievement, attendance and behaviour of learners. ...

The online reporting ... will provide parents with up-to-date information at appropriate points through the year to maintain their interest and enable a richer dialogue.

The focus should be on arrangements that are manageable in school, effective for staff and meaningful for parents focusing on the quality of information, rather than quantity.

... the type of information provided should be appropriate for the parent/learner and its provision proportionate for the school as existing practice shows that online reporting is most successful when a local, sustainable approach is developed that suits both parents and staff, and fits with existing data collection methods."

The change of government in May 2010 has not caused a change in this goal. Secondary schools should still have parental engagement via online reporting in place by September 2010.

Oakford Technology has developed the Parent Portal to meet this need.

  • it uses data already collected by the school via the Schools Information Management System (SIMS)
  • it is easy for the schools and parents to use
  • it is secure
  • it allows parents access to their child’s attendance, achievement and behaviour records
  • documents (such as school agreements) and notifications (such as unexplained absence) can be sent via email and text message (SMS)
  • it is available 24/7

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