Management Information System (MIS) for schools
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Over the last three years, there has been a big movement of schools choosing to replace their server-based school systems with more flexible, cloud-based ones. We’re proud to say that 1 in every 3 schools that switch MIS choose Arbor – that’s a new school every day! We’re now working with over 1,400 schools and
Over the last three years, there has been a big movement of schools choosing to replace their server-based school systems with more flexible, cloud-based ones.
We’re proud to say that 1 in every 3 schools that switch MIS choose Arbor – that’s a new school every day! We’re now working with over 1,400 schools and MATs across the country and since March 2020, we moved over 400 schools to Arbor completely remotely.
When thinking about moving your school to a new cloud-based system, it can often seem daunting, especially if you haven’t gone through a large-scale change at your school before.
That’s why we wanted to walk you through how we move schools to Arbor, from data migration, through to making long-term impact, and all the support we provide along the way.
The most common worries schools have about moving MIS are: that it will put a big burden on school time, that their data might get lost, and that staff might not get used to new processes.
We understand these worries, and that’s why we’ve designed the Arbor implementation process to make sure schools get the right support every step of the way.
Once you sign with Arbor, your Arbor journey follows three key phases. We work with you to make sure every stage of the process happens at the right time, and that everyone in your team is brought in when they need to be.
Generally, primary schools can go “live” with Arbor in as little as eight weeks, and secondary schools in a term!
Phase 1: Technical Migration
We first plan your implementation process around your needs and priorities. We then transfer your school’s data to Arbor and give you lots of opportunities to check everything is accurate. Meanwhile, your staff can take part in introductory training to help them get familiar with how Arbor works on a test site.
Phase 2: Getting Started
Your Arbor site is now ready to go “live”! Your staff can take part in training on how to use the core parts of Arbor, and customise it to your school needs.
Phase 3: Active (long term)
We offer lots of further training, consultancy and services options designed to make Arbor a success at your school and help you drive impact over a longer period of time.
Find out more:
Download “How we make Arbor a success at your primary school” brochure here
Download “How we make Arbor a success at your secondary school” brochure here
Download “How we make Arbor a success at your MAT” brochure here
We believe that switching MIS is so much more than moving your data to a new system, it’s the start of a journey to change the way you work for the better.
For primary schools, we’ve designed a simple automated process that gets you set-up on Arbor, with guidance, hints and tips from the team every step of the way. Book expert training for your staff at a time that suits you, and put it into practice on your new Arbor site.
For secondary schools, we partner you with a dedicated Arbor Project Coordinator who gets to know how your school is set-up and what you want to achieve by moving to Arbor. They then shape every training session around your needs, and help you plan how to meet those goals over the long term. They’ll also drive the momentum of the project forward, take care of all admin, and keep you in the loop with regular progress calls.
If you’re thinking of moving to a cloud-based MIS, join one of our free webinars to find out if Arbor MIS is the right fit for your school. We run sessions for primaries, secondaries and MATs, as well as sessions dedicated to implementation. Alternatively, you can arrange a personalised demo here.
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