It was a hard act to follow the raft of ‘making life easier’ enhancements included in our Autumn Release, and to match the buzz of the new solutions and features of our 2015 Summer Release.
But I feel confident we’ve achieved this. We’ve been listening closely to you to understand the challenges facing local authorities today and looking at how we can ease those burdens using the very latest technology.
I’m so proud to be able to introduce our brand new One Analytics solution to you this Spring, as well as the enhancements we’ve made to B2B:Student, Children’s Support Services (CSS) and many of our other solutions - I’ve highlighted some of the areas of the Spring Release which I think will be of particular interest to you:
NEW: The launch of One Analytics
I’ll be honest, I can hardly contain my excitement over the launch of our One Analytics solution, developed to ensure local authority teams have the insight they need to measure the impact and effectiveness of services. I hope you’ll excuse, and understand, my enthusiasm once you’ve had an opportunity to see how it works – it’s powerful, yet beautifully simple to use, and I believe it will become invaluable to those local authorities looking to make the most of increasingly limited resources.
One Analytics features world-leading intuitive analysis tools, powered by Tableau. It enables you to create personalised dashboards to explore trends and identify those most in need, including understanding the root causes. You can then make informed decisions to ensure the interventions which have the most impact are put in place and all your services are being delivered efficiently and effectively.
For the Spring launch, One Analytics will enable reporting on Admissions and Transfers, Attendance, Early Years, eStart, Exclusions, Education Plan Monitoring and Pulse, with additional modules being added throughout 2016.
It’s the new (incredibly clever) kid on the block and represents a ground-breaking, futuristic solution – I know I echo the sentiments of the One team when I say I can’t wait for it to be showcased at NUG and to see your reactions!
B2B:Student (Attainment) – making it easier for you to receive information from schools
Of course, it’s not just about finding new solutions to meet the challenges local authorities face today, but also about enhancing current solutions to meet your evolving needs. That’s why we’ve further developed the B2B:Student scheduled tasks functionality, released last year, to include the ability to collect attainment data from schools.
Using B2B scheduled tasks, you’ll now be able to collect results and other data stored in statutory and local aspects held in the school, including all the attributes held in SIMS such as school results and targets, from SIMS Assessment (winner of the 2016 Bett Award) to One PULSE. This means you can schedule the collection of Key Stage results, including phonics and Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, direct from the school using the generic import tool. Teams will save a good deal of time and administration by no longer needing to collect and import data through Common Transfer Files.
Children’s Support Services (CSS) – supporting multi-agency working
We’re in an age of multi-agency working, where professionals from different teams and organisations need to be able to share information. To support this, we’ve improved the CSS setup functions, including the option to make fields mandatory and to display event types, useful when working across different specialisms. We’re also making significant case management enhancements such as assigning workflow messages against involvements to make it easier to prioritise workload, and added functionality within the chronology.
Enhancements to One Early Years, eStart and One Youth
We’ve enhanced the payment functionality in One Early Years so that you can record multi-line amendments prior to payment. Detailed payment breakdown information is also now available on screen and as a download.
To help you monitor key target group families and respond to Ofsted more effectively, we’ve improved the standard and flexible reporting functionality in eStart.
And last, but certainly not least, enhancements to One Youth enable local systems administrators to unlock client records from the web application and run YJMIS extracts without having to transmit them to the YJB. You can also record young people’s local or other residence status at case level and transmit this within YJMIS.
In addition, we will, of course, be keeping our solutions up to date with the latest statutory requirements, including updates to support you with the returns for Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, Key Stage 1, SEN - EDU015, and IYSS – NCCIS to name just a few.
I can’t wait to showcase these, and our other enhancements to One, at our forthcoming National User Group – be prepared for lots of proud smiles from myself and my colleagues as we introduce these.
We’re continuing to listen to how we can further develop the One solutions to meet your needs so please let us know what you think of these developments, and of any of the other One products and services, either using the blog comments form below or in person at our National User Group.
For the full Spring pre-release details, please go to My Account.