New performance measures such as Progress 8 have led some multi-academy trusts to move away from traditional data-system providers. “Added layers of complexity” have helped to shake up the management information system (MIS) market at present dominated by Capita SIMS, which supports more than 80 per cent of schools. But a desire to access data quickly on any device, and pull data centrally from across all schools, has resulted in gains from cloud-based providers, Schools Week was told. RM Integris now holds 10 per cent of the market. Other companies, such as Follett and Pearson, have left what James Weatherill of MIS provider Arbor Education calls a “tough market”. SIMS served 18,162 schools in 2015, but was down 274 in 2016, according to the Department for Education’s latest data. The volume of education data is rapidly increasing due to schools deploying more apps and tests to prove pupil progress RM Integris gained 12 schools to reach 2,248 overall last year, while the smaller ScholarPack and PupilAsset gained 155 and 142 more schools respectively. “The volume of education data is rapidly increasing due to schools deploying more apps and tests to prove pupil progress,” Weatherill said. Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), the…http://schoolsweek.co.uk/multi-academy-trusts-swap-data-systems-for-progress-8/
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