27 March 2013

New Ensemble Customers in March

This month we have welcomed Surrey Arts, Wiltshire, Hackney, Cheshire West & Chester Music Hubs to our Ensemble of customers. We look forward to building a long and prosperous relationship with them.

Despite the economic climate 2012 – 2013 has been Paritor’s most successful year on record.  Music hubs have realised the management and administration savings that they can benefit from by using Ensemble.  The success of the Ensemble system and the changes in the structure of the management of music hubs have meant that Paritor has decided to develop and extend the Paritor Ensemble brand over the next year.  The relationships that we have built with the management teams over the past 15 years, by working with them on a close basis and helping them to overcome daily challenges has allowed us to build up a comprehensive and unique knowledge of music education management.

The Paritor Ensemble brand will include the flagship, Ensemble system as well as accredited courses and consultancy. Paritor have teamed up with Crisp Professional Development to hold accredited ILM management courses specifically designed for music hubs www.paritorensemble.com.  

20 March 2013

Fantastic first day for Schooble!

Today has marked the first day of the launch of Schooble. The Paritor team have spent the day at the ISM stand showing delegates the brand new 'Educational Networking' tool, signing up Schooblers and chatting to them about the creation process. All delegates that sign up between now and 30th April get the chance to WIN a tablet!

We will be at Music Education Expo 2013 again tomorrow. Delegates are invited to join Simon Dutton, Managing Director and the team. We look forward to seeing you then!







Opening a Microsoft Word document in an older version

Each month we'll be publishing a guest blog from one of our techies. This month we've got a technical guest blog from our Managing Director, Simon Dutton:
 
The end of January 2013 saw the release of Office 365, Microsoft’s latest version of the world’s most popular office administration suite.  Those of you like me who can remember Dolly the first cloned sheep back in 1997 may also remember thinking ah! Office 97, it does everything I need, its perfect, no need for this to be replaced. 

Life’s not that simple though and since then we have had Office 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and now Office 365.  Many of these versions have included radical changes and not all of them are backwards compatible.   Don’t forget we software providers make our living from bringing out new versions of software and Microsoft is a good example of this, remember Windows 95.
Microsoft has tried hard to minimise the compatibility issue providing everyone with converters which will, at the very least enable you to open most documents created in a later version of the software you have on your computer.
Take a look at the following web site:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/default.aspx

Scroll down the page to the area called Popular Downloads and click on Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint File Formats.  On the next page you will be able to click on the download for their converter. 
Simply download and install and you will be able to open all those documents sent to you from those “Show-offs” with the latest version of Office.

Simon

19 March 2013

10% off Music Hub ILM qualifications until 31st March

Don't forget to book your place on our ILM course by 31st March to get a fantastic 10% off. Paritor have teamed up with Crisp Professional Development to bring ILM accredited qualifications in Leadership and Management to Music Hubs.

These qualifications will incorporate the core modules but also include elements designed specifically for music hubs. To find out more about these unique qualifications visit
www.paritorensemble.com for more information.

18 March 2013

Adrian Chappell on the Schooble Launch

Adrian Chappell has been involved in the very first talks about Schooble with Simon. Adrian together with the rest of the Musical Bridges team have helped to shape the direction that Schooble has taken.

"We're very excited about the music transition focus that Schooble is offering Musical Bridges! We're hoping to maximise Schooble's potential for primary-secondary school networking during the summer term and beyond" (Adrian Chappell, Musical Bridges Programme Convenor: March 2013)
www.schooble.com

Ben Sandbrook, the imminent launch of Schooble

Ben Sandbrook is a renown  music education specialist who helped establish the Musical Bridges Initiative. He has been involved in the initial planning of Schooble, here's what he has to say about the launch:

"Schooble has the potential to help transform the way students, teachers, parents and organisations communicate about young people's musical activities and achievements. In particular, I hope it will make a real difference in supporting musical bridges from Primary to Secondary school."
www.schooble.com

Deborah Annetts, ISM on the launch of Schooble

We are delighted to launch Schooble in association with the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Here's what Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM had to say:

"As a subject association for music, the ISM's involvement in the launch of a practical tool to help teachers and learners is a natural fit. We will be helping to spread the news about Schooble as part of our on-going commitment to music in schools."

www.schooble.com

Simon Dutton and the launch of Schooble

Schooble is very much the brainchild of our Managing Director, Simon Dutton and he is probably the most excited about the launch on Weds at Music Education Expo 2013. Simon will be there in person as well as making talking about Schooble in the ISM presentation slot. Here's what he has to say:

"I’ve been developing this idea for some time. The Henley Review’s acknowledgment for an e-learning diary, the need for improved communication between primary and secondary educators as well as the children’s university e-passport have signalled that now is the right time for Schooble. We are delighted to be launching this innovative new product at Expo with leading music education body, the ISM"

www.schooble.com

David Ashworth on the launch of Schooble

The launch of Schooble is imminent. On 21st March at Music Educational Expo 2013 in London, we together with our launch partners Incorporated Society of Musicians are preparing to unveil our newest and most innovative 'Educational Networking' tool. Here's what David Ashworth, Music Education Consultant has to say:

"Only a few months ago, this was just the germ of an idea I was discussing with Paritor’s Simon Dutton. It is a measure of their commitment and enthusiasm that they have managed to develop such an elegant and worthwhile solution to the challenges and potential of helping students and their teachers manage their learning journeys in a safe and engaging online environment. If Paritor can make a success of this, Schooble is destined to become one of the most important initiatives in UK music education."

www.schooble.com
 

12 March 2013

Hints & Help: Analysing Pupil Leavers


In this Hints & Help blog I will show you the process of looking at leavers for this year, and also how you can analyse this data using Ensemble.

Viewing the Data

The first step in this process is getting the list of leavers themselves, this can be done from a simple Pupil Extract. To do this go to Pupils > Extract Pupils
You will then need to select the following options on the Extract:
  • One Record Per Pupil Activity
  • Select the date range as the whole year
  • Leavers Only















Once you have selected these options click on Extract Data and you will have your list of leavers


Analysing Data

Now you have your list of leavers, you can analyse the information by grouping any of the columns available in Insight. All you will need to do is group by the column in question, then click Create Summary.












Some of the most useful columns you can group and analyse by are:
  • ActivityDsc
    • This will show you drop off rates by lesson
  • ActivityGroup
    • For drop off rates by Activity Group (Most commonly cost code)
  • LeaveReason
    • By the reasons given when leaving
  • PostCodeArea
    • For a geographical breakdown of leavers
  • School
    • For drop off rates by School
  • TeacherLastName
    • To see which teachers lost the most pupils
    • If you group by TeacherLastName and then also group by LeaveReason you will be able to see statistics on not only how many pupils left by Teacher, but also why they left. Therefore you will be able to see the number of Pupils who left because they had an issue with their teacher, and you can see which teacher that was.
If you need any help following the stages of this Hints & Help blog please contact the Ensemble Support Team or leave  a comment.

7 March 2013

Win a tablet at Music Expo 2013


Visit us at Music Expo 2013 in two weeks and not only will you be one of the first people to see our brand new educational network - Schooble, meet the creator but also you 'll be in with a chance of WINNING a Sumvision Cyclone Voyager Tablet PC. Here's the techy bit: 

- Rockchip RK3066 Dual Core A9 1.6GHz
- Quad Core Mali 400 Graphics
- 1GB RAM + 16GB Flash
- 10" IPS Screen + 6 hours battery
- Wifi + 2 x Cam + Bluetooth
- Android 4.1 jelly bean
- BBC iPlayer via Dolphin browser




6 March 2013

Paritor launches education social network

This March, UK based Software Company Paritor, supported by the UK’s professional body for musicians, the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), is launching an innovative social platform for the education market: Schooble.

www.schooble.com

Schooble connects everyone involved in the sphere of education in a highly secure and interactive environment, allowing users to create their own unique online space.
 

The official launch of Schooble will be on 20th March at the Music Education Expo 2013. All those involved in music education will be given privileged access to the site before it becomes more widely available. Expo will give delegates the chance to meet the creators of Schooble and view how it works. Just visit the ISM stand or join us at the ISM seminar ‘Innovation in the Classroom' for an insight into ideas behind the Schooble craze.

Schooble can be used by teachers and pupils, plus other stakeholders in education, from parents to Music Services. Schooble Kids allows pupils to build up an e-learning portfolio in a creative way. It promotes positive behaviour, whilst encouraging communication between their friends and teachers. Schooble Kids also permits greater involvement from family members, allowing them to view their learning diaries.

Teachers will be able to view their class’s work, create CPD portfolios and provide students with resources. Organisations can add content and materials as well as allowing users to become members.

Schooble has the advantage of being able to offer a highly secure environment for this sensitive 7 – 14 year old age group, presenting peace of mind to guardians. It is estimated that by December 2013, there will be 50,000 users of Schooble. Users will be able to tap into schemes relevant for them, enhancing their experience. Not only is Paritor working with the ISM to help it reach its target, but is also working with national schemes such as Musical Bridges and the Children’s University of Devon to add additional functionality.



Schooble is brought to you from Paritor, the market leader in management software for Music Hubs. Simon Dutton, Managing Director, commented: ‘I’ve been developing this idea for some time. The Henley Review’s acknowledgment for an e-learning diary, the need for improved communication between primary and secondary educators as well as the children’s university e-passport have signalled that now is the right time for Schooble. We are delighted to be launching this innovative new product at Expo with leading music education body, the ISM’

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM added: ‘As a subject association for music, the ISM’s involvement in the launch of a practical tool to help teachers and learners is a natural fit. We will be helping to spread the news about Schooble as part of our on-going commitment to music in schools.’

10% OFF Management Development Programs

This term we have teamed up with training provider Crisp Professional Development to bring ILM accredited qualifications in Leadership and Management to music hubs. If you book before 31st March 2013, we are offering 10% off. The Institute of Leadership and Management is the UK's largest management development organisation. Attending an accredited ILM course of assures quality of delivery and leads to a nationally recognised qualification. For more information please visit: 

www.paritorensemble.com


4 March 2013

Paritor set to bring education under one platform

This March, UK based Software Company Paritor, supported by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), is launching an innovative social platform for the education market: Schooble.

Schooble connects everyone involved in the sphere of education in a highly secure and interactive environment, allowing users to create their own unique online space.
The official launch of Schooble will be on 20th March at the Music Education Expo 2013. All those involved in music education will be given privileged access to the site before it becomes more widely available. Expo will give delegates the chance to meet the creators of Schooble and view how it works. Just visit the ISM stand or the presentation by David Ashworth, ‘Bright ideas for Key Stage 3 music’ for an insight into ideas behind the Schooble craze.
Schooble can be used by teachers and pupils, plus other stakeholders in education, from parents to Music Services. Schooble Kids allows pupils to build up an e-learning portfolio in a creative way. It promotes positive behaviour, whilst encouraging communication between their friends and teachers. Schooble Kids also permits greater involvement from family members, allowing them to view their learning diaries.
Teachers will be able to view their classes work, create CPD portfolios and provide students with resources. Organisations can add content and materials as well as allowing users to become members.

Schooble has the advantage of being able to offer a highly secure environment for this sensitive 7 – 14 year old age group, presenting peace of mind to guardians. It is estimated that by Dec 2013, there will be 50,000 users of Schooble. Users will be able to tap into schemes relevant for them, enhancing their experience. Paritor is also working with national schemes such as Musical Bridges and the Children’s University of Devon to add additional functionality.
Schooble is brought to you from Paritor, the market leader in management software for Music Hubs. Simon Dutton, Managing Director, commented: ‘I’ve been developing this idea for some time. The Henley Review’s acknowledgment for an e-learning diary, the need for improved communication between primary and secondary educators as well as the children’s university e-passport have signalled that now is the right time for Schooble.’
 

Paritor’s Charity of the Year 2013

We have had a massive response our charity of the year appeal over the last few months. Applications closed  at the end of Feb and all information will be distributed amongst employees of Paritor, who will be able to vote for who they want to be our Charity of the Year 2013.

We are delighted to have had applications for the following charities who met our criteria:

  • Wren Music
  • Drake Music SW
  • Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir
  • South West Music School
  • B Sharp
  • CEDA
  • Making Music SW
  • JUTP Music
  • Beacon School
  • ASK
  • WESC Foundation
Once decided the partnership will be announced on 1st April 2013, where we will also be revealing exciting fundraising plans. Watch this space!