Management Information System (MIS) for schools
Switching MIS isn’t just a system change - it’s a real opportunity to change the way you work for the better. And given the impact switching MIS can have - on everything from workload, to staff happiness, parental engagement and school collaboration - you shouldn’t be prevented from switching by your budget.
The Pay-for-One Promise is our commitment that your school should only pay for one MIS at a time. Put simply: if you’re locked into paying for SIMS until 2025*, we won’t ask you to pay for your core Arbor license until that contract ends. You get all the benefits of switching to the UK’s leading cloud MIS, but don’t have to worry about double-paying in the process.
*If you have a different SIMS contract, the Pay-for-One Promise may still apply. Please get in touch here and the team will talk through the best option for your school or trust.
You can watch our demos live with other schools or on-demand. It's a great way to see how Arbor works as you explore your options.
We'll show you core Arbor functionality, and answer any questions you have about the Pay-for-One Promise too. You'll leave knowing whether we're a good fit for your school.
If you're not sure what to do next, we recommend speaking to our team as a next step.
Our expert Partnership Specialists will ask about your current situation, including what you need from Arbor, which systems and apps you currently use, and who will be involved in the project. We'll then make a plan tailored to your school.
See how Arbor helps schools work better
Arbor has been a huge asset to the school and has had particular strengths in managing the challenges of good communication during Covid-19. We are very satisfied customers and find the product intuitive and easy to use.
Whilst already a brilliant MIS we have been impressed with the pace at which Arbor are adding new features and improvements. Feedback from end users is actively encouraged and it is obvious that updates are based on this feedback.
I liken Arbor to when I got my last car – you could tell the person who designed it probably wanted to drive it. You find, with Arbor, that you’re developing it in a way that makes it easier to use. There are no more spreadsheets going back and forth.
I could talk to you until tomorrow about things that Arbor’s helped with. But for me, it’s not about how much time it saved me, it’s about how much more powerful your impact can be. It means I can do better, smarter, more insightful things.
“I’d been working with our old MIS system both in support roles and as the Data Manager here for over 20 years, so I think everyone was really surprised at how I embraced the change to Arbor. But I could see at an early stage of the implementation process that it had some really powerful and easy to use features for creating custom groups and sending out communications for all the curriculum groups as well as the custom groups. I really wouldn’t want to go back to the old system.”
“Arbor has been a really great exercise in helping us step back and question the way we were doing things, and asking ourselves: ‘Why do we do that?’ and ‘Can we do things a different way?’ For example, parents’ evenings used to be this massive deal, but with Arbor, it’s easy. Another example is exams; Arbor gave us an opportunity to question how we were running exams at Pool and see if there was a better way.”
“I love Arbor because the MIS and team helped us gain the GOOD rating that we so desperately deserved after a tough few years! The staff at Baxter College were able to show the amazing work they do day in and day out, to Ofsted thanks to Arbor.”
“Arbor has improved the statistics that we can get, regarding behaviour and attendance, to allow senior leadership teams to make better informed decisions to drive improvement. With Arbor, the right information is in the right place at the right time. E.g. Detentions are automated to send a report to go to form tutors two minutes before afternoon registration session. This has helped improve students’ behaviour.”
“We genuinely love the Arbor system and the team behind it who seem to just want the whole system to succeed at the Lakes. There’s always a bit of heart in the mouth when you instigate such change in a school and I would just like to say a huge thank you to yourself and your team, who really have looked after us and who have wholeheartedly helped us confirm that the decision to change to Arbor was the right one.”
“If you’re looking for an MIS which does everything, there’s no other option really. When we met Arbor, you could just tell this was a different way of doing things. There was a degree of ambition that matched what we wanted to do for our school.”
“It’s simple and easy to use, makes getting data much quicker, and there’s an overall fantastic service. The look and feel of the Arbor platform has engaged all of our staff, whether they be teachers, support or admin. Finally, we feel we are now in the 21st Century!”
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