Q. How many individual software solutions does your school use?
Q. How much do you spend on all these systems?
Q. Do they integrate with each other?
Q. Can you see the ‘Bigger Picture’?
In 1993, PARS (portable attendance reporting software) was a simple lesson attendance software product allowing school’s to take lesson by lesson registers read/writing with SIMS. Capita SIMS offered PARS as a solution to classroom registration with SIMS then only offering AM/PM registration.
PARS.sql grew into a wider pupil data management solution and by 1998 provided an attendance, communication, behaviour and grading software product.
Listening to the needs of our schools, we continued to develop further and in 2006 PARS.net was released which included detentions, text, email, communications, cover, report writing, grading, extra classes and pupil information; all direct and real-time with SIMS.
With technologies moving forward and the need of web-based solutions working alongside mobile and tablet devices, PARS Connect was born in 2007. With a web based solution came more options for visual features including assessment analysis, homework tracking, dashboards and seating plans.
To this day, PARS not only provides 1 solution for all, saving time and money, the vast amount of features available are incredibly bespoke allowing schools to easily configure, meeting their needs and school procedures. PARS does not just allow schools to present SIMS data simply, it allows schools to manage information effectively.
PARS can save schools £1000s each year.
Analyse your assessment effectively
Often, schools have various segregated assessment analysis tools, however these are mainly used by SLT with little or no easy access for teachers. PARS analysis read/writes with Assessment Manager and allows teachers to easily identify progress of pupils including EBBACC, FFT, KS levels and define groups including Pupil Premium, EAL, FSM. Data can be quickly accessed via PARS homepage.
PARS dashboards provide a quick view of pupil data, particularly useful for Tutors, Heads of Year, House leaders and senior leaders. Group attendance, behaviour and grades are presented in a simple visual charts. If you have PARS, though cannot see these, please make sure you have the permission switched on.
PARS and INSIGHT Suite
A perfect replacement for SIMS Learning Gateway with more features, more management and options.
With easy management in PARS including attendance, detentions, positive negative neutral behaviour and cash-in rewards, extra classes, groups, communication, homework, reports…data once saved in PARS is automatically presented in INSIGHT with no updates, transfer of data or extractions. Simple and easy solution providing immediate information for parents or pupils reducing work load for administrators.
Feedback from school…
“We complemented the PARS Desktop system in 2007 (first used in 2004) with PARS Connect; this is a web-based version of the PARS Desktop software and whilst it has reduced functionality it still used the familiar and intuitive PARS interface. This enabled cross network use of the registration system and even use external to school, with a web enabled device like a smart phone. Staff responded with comments like, “very easy to use” and “does what it says on the tin”. Our staff were effective in its use with minor instruction and guidance. PARS is not a complicated application to use and is intuitive in its operation.
TASC are very responsive to any issues we encounter. For example, updates to our MIS that sometimes interfere with the relationship between PARS & SIMS and are also able to change and add new features we request following user feedback etc.
We are very happy with the service and products offered to us by TASC Software and have also recently adopted their INSIGHT product to assist us in more parental engagement.
I wish TASC Software the very best in their future endeavours and can whole heartily recommend both their products, licensing, prices, service and commitment to working with schools to make their products deliver”.
Stephen J Moores
Maidstone Grammar School
TASC Software Solutions Ltd
Creative Industries Centre
Wolverhampton Science Park
+44 (0) 1902 824281