The Academies Enterprise Trust, which runs 66 primary and secondary schools across the UK, has claimed that it will save £1.5m by implementing a cloud-based administration system.
The Trust is implementing Progresso from Advanced, a software-as-a-service cloud-based system, to centralise the schools' administration systems.
The package takes a "learner-centric approach" that "places progress and attainment of the individual at the core of the solution, linking and using all key data, with a single view of the learner", according to Advanced.
The aim of the implementation is to reduce IT administration costs, and costs more generally, while empowering teachers to populate the system with learning information directly in the classroom.
Chris Meaney, ICT director at the Trust, explained that one of the primary aims is to unite the localised systems on which each school currently runs and give teaching and administrative staff easier access to systems.
"Our senior leaders and teachers will be able to access important data to gain a real-time view of learner progress at the trust, academy, cohort or learner level, facilitating an efficient and rapid response to any immediate issues identified and fast dissemination of positive best practices," he said.
"In short, this software will empower our academies and staff to positively [affect] outcomes in an instant."
The Advanced system was selected following a market test, and the choice was based partly on the extent to which the package can be customised.
"Its learner-centric approach enables staff to access relevant data-driven dashboards and widgets at any time and on any device. This helps to improve outcomes by facilitating informed decision making, and reduces teacher workload," Meaney said.
As part of the implementation, Advanced will conduct a data migration from the disparate systems currently running at the Trust's 66 sites across the UK in order to populate the new system.
Nick Wilson, managing director of public sector and enterprise at Advanced, suggested that the regulatory landscape for schools in the UK will only make school administration more challenging.
"With the regulatory landscape of Ofsted becoming increasingly more complex, the Academies Enterprise Trust needed to be much more proactive in improving learner progress with transparency and insight," he said.
"This implementation will enable leaders and teachers to access real-time data, ensuring learner centricity is at the heart of what they do while remaining agile enough to respond with speed and accuracy."
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