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Cosima Baring - 10 January, 2020

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Where to meet Arbor at BETT 2020

As many of you will know, BETT, the Europe’s largest annual EdTech exhibition, is taking place at the ExCel centre from 22nd-25th January 2020! Taking place over four days, BETT is a great chance to get up to date with all the current trends and offerings in the EdTech sector, as well as to meet

As many of you will know, BETT, the Europe’s largest annual EdTech exhibition, is taking place at the ExCel centre from 22nd-25th January 2020! Taking place over four days, BETT is a great chance to get up to date with all the current trends and offerings in the EdTech sector, as well as to meet and chat with like-minded education leaders. If you’ve never been to BETT, you can read more about it here.

The team at Arbor HQ always look forward to BETT, as we get to catch up with schools and MATs using Arbor, meet new and existing partners, and talk to schools and MATs thinking of switching MIS about how Arbor could help take the hassle out of daily school admin for their staff. We’ve got a lot going on this year at the show, so we’ve written this quick round-up of where you can meet us – hope to see you at one of our events!

Come and have lunch on us
We’re taking over Tapa Tapa Restaurant (just outside the main BETT entrance), where we’ll be serving tea and coffee from 11am, and lunch and a glass of wine from 11:30 each day. It’s all on us, so whether you already use Arbor, or are looking to switch to a more modern, user-friendly system, it’s a great chance to meet us and learn more about our cloud-based MIS for schools and trusts. Our team of experts will be on hand to answer any of your questions, and they’ll be joined by a few trusts and primary, secondary and special schools using Arbor, so you can ask them about why they decided to make the switch. Just click here to book your free spot – hope you can make it!


Come to one of our User Groups
From 10am-11am each morning, we’re running a series of Arbor User Groups. During these sessions, we’ll be sharing all the latest developments in Arbor, so come along to find out what we’ve got coming up in 2020 and catch up with some of our team. The programme is below:

Wednesday 22nd January: How to use Arbor to strengthen parental engagement at your school (including getting the most out of the Arbor App!)
Thursday 23rd January: Best practice on managing assessments in Arbor Friday 24th January: What’s coming up on Arbor’s 2020 Roadmap

You can click here to book your free spot at any of our User Groups. If you don’t use Arbor but you’d like to learn more about how our system could transform the way you work at school, please feel free to come along!

See Arbor’s cloud-based MIS in action
As well as Tapa Tapa, you can also find us at stand NM30 inside the main BETT arena. The Arbor team will be giving demos of our cloud-based MIS throughout the show, so feel free to come along and see our product in action and watch how it could take the stress out of daily school management for your staff. If there’s a particular part of the system that you’d like to see, just let us know and we can show you!

Come to our Tech in Action talk
 Join former school leaders Tim (Senior Partnership Manager at Arbor) and Stephen (Product Lead at Arbor) on Thursday 23rd January in the Tech in Action Theatre at 13:45 talking about how Arbor MIS could transform the way you run your school. They’ll be explaining how our cloud-based MIS makes your essential daily admin more powerful and less stressful – so everyone from your back office to your SLT can get on and focus their time where it matters most. In particular, Tim and Stephen will show you how the core functions of Arbor work – including how to manage attendance, behaviour, assessments, interventions and communications all in one place – helping you to reduce staff workload and understand your school better.

Find out more about becoming an Arbor partner
From 2:30pm-4pm each day at Tapa Tapa, we’re inviting all of our partners to drop in and have a glass of wine on us. Beth and David from our Partner Team will be at the restaurant each afternoon to meet both existing and new partners, so if you’re looking to find out more about how you could work with Arbor, come and say hello – we’d love to meet you. Just click here to book your free spot at our BETT Partner Lounge.

Finally, we’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ve been nominated for a BETT Award in the Company of the Year category! We’re really proud to have helped more than 800 schools and 80 MATs make the switch to our smarter cloud-based MIS, and we’re delighted to have been recognised by the BETT Awards panel. Winners are announced on Wednesday 23rd January, so keep your fingers crossed for us!

Can’t make it to BETT but still want to find out more about Arbor’s cloud-based MIS for schools and MATs? Give us a call on 0208 050 1028 or get in touch at tellmemore@arbor-education.com to book a free, in-person demo for your school or trust this term 

 

Beth Mokrini - 17 December, 2019

Category : Blog

Partner roundup: Autumn term 2019

There’s never a dull moment in Education, but this term really has felt action-packed. So as you settle into the season of Nativities, surrounded by paper cut-out snowflakes and glitter trampled so deep into the carpet it will still be there in June, let us give you a festive roundup of what’s new with Arbor’s

There’s never a dull moment in Education, but this term really has felt action-packed. So as you settle into the season of Nativities, surrounded by paper cut-out snowflakes and glitter trampled so deep into the carpet it will still be there in June, let us give you a festive roundup of what’s new with Arbor’s partner network! 

We’ve got new names to introduce, milestones to celebrate, and a couple of teasers for what’s coming up in 2020. Starting with…

(Image 1: Our new badge for officially accredited Arbor Partners)

 

1. Three new partners became accredited to support Arbor MIS

We’ve been out and about this term, visiting partners from Leeds to Brighton to put their teams through their paces on Arbor MIS. It’s been fantastic to see the level of skill and knowledge they’ve all brought to their accreditation days and unsurprisingly, they all passed first time! Please give a warm Arbor welcome to:

Orbis

The Orbis Partnership is a shared services agreement between Brighton and Hove City Council, and Surrey and East Sussex County Councils. The Orbis team have decades of expertise in finance, business operations, HR and IT – so schools and academies can get all your support from one place. 

School Business Services (SBS)

SBS is a leading specialist in school support services, offering a wide range of MIS services to suit schools’ finances, staff and vision. They work with over 1000 schools across England, with strong hubs in London, the South West and the North.

Connect-Up 

Connect-Up provide a wide range of MIS, Admin and Curriculum managed service support across Yorkshire. Everything from small cabling jobs to total, integrated support for Schools and MATs – and all with a friendly, local approach.

We’ve still got one more accreditation day to squeeze in this week – so good luck to the team at Turn IT on!

 

2. We welcomed 7 new partners on board

Our network is always growing and it’s been great working with so many new partners this term, including: 

Keystone MIS – expert SIMS and Arbor support based in Hull, but with over 200 customers nationally

Education Lincs – Dedicated local IT and MIS support based in Lincolnshire 

Code Green – the fantastic MIS support team working out of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council 

Pennine Education – Expert MIS support and training in Oldham and the North West.

 

3. We started work on deep integrations in areas like Safeguarding, Finance and Budgeting

We’re always looking for ways to make things simpler for schools, which is why we integrate for free with a whole range of well-loved apps, from door entry systems to payments providers (click here for a full list!). This term, we started working on a few new ones – here’s what’s coming up in 2020: 

CPOMS – a user-friendly safeguarding app used by over 10,000 schools in the UK. Basic student and staff data already syncs from Arbor to CPOMS, but we’re now working to sync safeguarding notifications and statistics too. This will give you a single, clear picture of your students’ pastoral and education data.  

PS Financials – the Finance system used by 60% of all Multi Academy Trusts. We’ve partnered successfully with PS Financials to deliver three national MAT conferences and we’re now starting work on a technical partnership too. No spoilers for now, but watch this space! 

SBS online – our partnership with School Business Services got off to a flying start this year – we’ve not only teamed up with their software support team (see above), but we’re also planning to integrate with their intuitive web-based budgeting software used by over 1,000 schools.

 

4. Our partners co-hosted 5 local Arbor MIS events with us, from Kent to the Wirral!

As well as big national conferences like BETT, we also love to come and meet schools in their local area for smaller, more personalised events. For schools new to Arbor, this is a great chance to see a demo of the software, ask questions, meet schools already using it and get advice on switching. 

We try to do this in partnership with local companies who understand what’s important to schools and can advise them impartially. We therefore owe a big thank you to JSPC, Educa IT, Studysafe and Wirral Borough Council for hosting sessions with us this term in West Sussex, Kent, Rotherham and the North West. 

Look out for early 2020 events in East Sussex, Hampshire, Westminster and Northamptonshire.

 

5. We launched our BETT Partner Lounge 

Earlier this week, we opened booking for our annual School and MAT Leaders’ Lounge and our Partners’ Lounge at  BETT 2020. The main arena can be overwhelming, so if you want to have a more relaxed chat about moving to Arbor MIS or partnering with us, the Lounge is the place for you. Drop in for a glass of wine and a bite to eat at Tapa Tapa restaurant, just outside the Western Gateway entrance to the ExCel, from Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th January. Book your free spot by clicking on either of the links above  – look forward to seeing you there! 

We’re really proud of everything we’ve achieved with our partners this term and look forward to even more exciting projects in 2020. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about any of the partners mentioned, or about becoming a partner yourself. And if you’ve read this far, thanks – treat yourself to a mince pie!