24 February 2014

Busy With Pupil Reports? | Find out how Paritor Could Help

In response to customer feedback we're launching a new tool which will enable music services to save time, to improve report consistency and as always, to enhance the service delivered to parents.

Report Master is a simple to use tool which allows music services to create a more managed reporting system and to save time for their teachers in the process.

Not currently an Ensemble customer? No problem. Report Master can be purchased as a stand alone solution and does not require you to buy Ensemble.

There's never been a better time for you to get started with Report Master. If you purchase before the end of March you can get 1/3 off of the listing price for this fantastic tool. Report Master is usually £1500 per annum, order before the end of March and pay £1200 in the first year and £1500 per annum for subsequent years. Offer valid until 31/03/2014.






19 February 2014

Save Hours with Smart Reporting Tools | Report Master

How much time could you save for your teachers with a pupil reporting tool that integrated with Ensemble?

In response to customer feedback we're launching a new tool which will enable our customers to save time, to improve report consistency and as always, to enhance the service delivered to parents. 

Report Master is a simple to use plug-in for Ensemble which allows music services to create a more managed reporting system and to save time for their teachers in the process. 

If you're an existing Ensemble customer then there's never been a better time for you to get started with Report Master. Customers who purchase Report Master before the end of March will get 1/3 off of the listing price for the tool and can therefore obtain it for only £500. This introductory offer is available for a limited time only, please take a look at the below flyer for more information. If you would like to get started with Report Master today then please get in touch with Danny Wordsworth on 01395 445092 or via email to danny@paritor.co.uk. 




11 February 2014

Billing your Customers: The Advantages and Disadvantages of School Billing

Hello it's Will here and welcome to the first in a series of blogs about billing your customers. As we all know there is no right or wrong way to do this and there are many variations employed by music services across the UK. In this series of blogs I want to analyse each of the different options, looking at their strengths and drawbacks.

Firstly, let’s look at billing schools for teachers’ time. This process is used by at least half of all music services I come across, and has one obvious strength. Essentially, if you bill schools, you have fewer customers and accounts to deal with therefore you can have a smaller administration team. You don’t need to have a full register for the lesson as it does not affect the bill, which again reduces the administration requirements. The smallest administration setups I come across with music services are those with minimal parental billing.
 
Unfortunately, despite the above strengths, billing schools directly is not always the easiest route for music services. With the Arts Council data returns demanding statistics on pupils in lessons, many services that have billed schools for several years don’t have the infrastructure to accurately collect, store and analyse this information. There have been ways around this that I have come across. The most common solution involves asking for either pupil names or statistics from the schools themselves however this only works if schools have the time to send over the data. Another option is to find out the year group of the pupils in the lessons at your schools and then request statistics or pupil information on these pupils from your central pupil database. This option however is not really appropriate for trusts as these organisations generally do not have a close enough connection to their local authority.
 
When thinking about billing schools it’s also important to consider that it isn’t only music services who are having to juggle more work for less funding. Schools are looking to establish greater efficiency in their administration too and I’m increasingly coming across situations where they have cancelled contracts with music services. With increased hourly rates from the music services and reduced time for their admin teams, many schools are no longer able to both invoice the parents themselves and provide statistics for the music service.
I am sure that there are some positives and negatives that I have missed in the above analysis, please feel free to comment or email me at will@paritor.co.uk if you think there are any areas that I have not included. If you bill schools, how have you been able to solve these issues? Let us know as there are plenty of services out there who would like to hear any solutions you have found to be successful!
 
Thanks for reading, in the next instalment of this blog, I will be looking at the strengths and weaknesses of billing parents directly.

 

 

5 February 2014

More Ensemble Customers Move to the Cloud

In the last year we've seen a 20% increase in the number of Ensemble users moving onto hosted databases. We believe that there are many reasons for this. With heightened security, the ability to enable remote working tools for peripatetic teachers and greater business flexibility Cloud Solutions have never looked better. And it appears that Ensemble users across the country agree. As we move forward into 2014 we can expect these numbers to continue to rise as more and more of our customers seek to improve the efficiency of their organisations and begin to recognise the benefits of cloud computing.

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Unsure what the Cloud is or how it could benefit your business? If you've got time take a  look at our video:




The worst day to make it into work?

Whether you're in central London or (not so) sunny Devon, many of us will of had a challenge making it into work today. For organisations providing tuition this represents a unique challenge in coordinating the safe and timely arrival of numerous individuals. At times like these we're here to help. 

The Ensemble SMS facility is ideal for urgent updates and with an affordable range of text bundles it's an opportunity not to be missed. Be prepared, get in touch with our Communications Manager Danny Wordsworth today to order your texts now; these can be credited to your Ensemble account immediately. You can reach us on 01395 445092 or via email on danny@paritor.co.uk.


3 February 2014

Help Video Series



At Paritor, we're dedicated to helping our customers in getting the most out of Ensemble. As part of this, we're going to make it even easier for you to access the help you need as soon as possible.

Over the last few months we've had a team of Ensemble experts working on a series of videos designed especially for our users. The videos take a comprehensive look at all features and tools within Ensemble and have been produced in easy to navigate, bite-sized chunks.

From this Friday you will be able to access these help snippets whenever you need them. So if you'd like to know how to do something in Ensemble just take a look in the guide and you'll find a handy clip to show you how. The videos will be made available from this Friday in both the Ensemble help manual and also in playlists on our YouTube channel.

Are peripatetic teachers adequately supported in managing the delivery of their tuition and what could we do to enhance this?

Having worked with Music Services for over 15 years we're experienced in listening to the needs of this sector. As we move into 2014 however, we will be directing our focus on the front end users of Ensemble, those who the system works for. As such we will be looking to better understand the needs of peripatetic teachers, music students and parents. By understanding the challenges faced by these individuals we can help our customers to respond to these challenges, to deliver a better experience and ultimately to improve the service their organisation provides.

In order to achieve this we will be opening up a topic of discussion every month and we will be asking you to let us know your thoughts. By participating you'll help us to support you in understanding the issues faced by individuals who come into contact with your organisation.

This month we'll be asking:

Are peripatetic teachers adequately supported in managing the delivery of their tuition and what could we do to enhance this?

We want to really think about:

1) What peripatetic teachers need in order to complete their job effectively
2) The tools available to make their jobs easier
3) The potential benefits to be had in helping peripatetic teachers to manage the delivery of their tuition