SA rolls out cloud Education Management System
The South Australian Department of Education has implemented its new Education Management System (EMS) in 24 preschools around the state.
The EMS was developed by Civica, which was awarded a contract by the SA Government in 2018.
A modern, cloud-based, student-centred system built on the foundation of Civica’s Education Suite, the system integrates with technology partners to deliver comprehensive learning, administrative and financial management.
The EMS streamlines administration and elevates teaching as part of the Department’s vision to build a world-class education for the state, and upon completion in December 2022 will deliver a centralised system to more than 900 sites, 190,000 students and 30,000 teachers.
This first step marks a key milestone for the collaborative project between the SA Department for Education and Civica with the phase one rollout to preschools, providing staff with online access to take attendance as well as real-time access to demographic data and student medical information via standard desktop computers and mobile devices.
“This platform is modernising and transforming school and preschool operations,” said Scott Bayliss, Chief Information Officer at the SA Department for Education.
“It has great functionality, which is streamlining school management tasks and will also help our teachers to provide individualised learning and track and report on each student’s progress.
“The first phase rollout has exceeded our expectations and the feedback from teachers has been overwhelmingly positive. We’re excited to get this into every school and preschool and expand the offering so that parents will have access to a dedicated and secure portal that they can log on to at any time and from any device to see information relevant to their child.
“The platform is an important enabler for our school improvement program and supports our aspiration to become a world-class education system.”
“I’m excited to be one of the first preschools to use the EMS and I was pleased to enroll the first student in the new system,” said Brett Gent, Director at The Lady George Kindergarten.
“I’m looking forward to exploring the improved functionality of the EMS, including the flexibility to use the system anywhere and on any device. I’m also looking forward to using the learning management system to look at innovative ways to support the children’s learning and to communicate effectively with their parents or caregivers.”
With COVID-19 coinciding with the first rollout, Civica and the Department were required to quickly adapt the initial go-live approach to adhere to travel restrictions and ongoing health precautions. Many operations originally planned face to face, such as workshops, project management meetings and clarification meetings, were moved online.
“COVID-19 has highlighted the benefits of a cloud solution which enables school management and teaching and learning to be delivered from a web-based device at any time and from any location,” said Iain Finlayson, Managing Director, Civica Library and Education Solutions.
By the end of the year, 42 preschools are expected to be successfully using the EMS. The solution will include school administration software; centralised financial management tools to support budgeting, invoicing and procurement; and learning management.
Other EMS modules that are planned to go live in the future include cloud-based learning management to simplify tracking and reporting on student learning, homework and assignments; a parent/caregiver portal with 24-hour access to timetables, homework, notifications, events, attendance and achievement; and business analytics to provide teachers, principals, education directors and the Department with reports and data to support and guide decision-making.
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