The contract will eventually see the Civica Education Suite solution rolled out to more than 900 sites including pre-schools, primary schools, high schools and various other educational institutions, to deliver against the department’s key outcomes which include:
- Improved learning and care.
- Improved analytics and reporting.
- Improved tools to support management of sites.
- Consistency in systems across sites to improve reliability, support, resourcing and training.
Scott Bayliss, chief information officer of the Department, said: “We are pleased to partner with Civica to develop a platform that will modernise and transform school and preschool operations”.
“The Education Management System will be a powerful digital tool with a comprehensive suite of features to streamline school management tasks and support our teachers to provide individualised learning and track and report on each student’s progress.
“It will help us to improve student outcomes and reduce the administrative burden placed on teachers and early childhood workers.
“Importantly parents and caregivers will have access to a dedicated and secure parent portal that they can log on to at any time and from any device to see information relevant to their child.
“It will be an important enabler for school improvement and support our aspiration to become a world-class education system that ensures learning management is a priority.”
Civica says a key factor in the department’s decision to implement the Civica solution was its design which aims to support teaching and learning, save educators’ time spent on admin tasks, improves data integrity and transparency, and streamlines information for users to work collaboratively.
Under the contract, the system will service a community of about 185,000 students and 30,000 teachers and schools administrators, and “have a fundamental impact on the future educational landscape in South Australia”.
Simon Jones, managing director for Libraries and Education at Civica, welcomed the partnership. “We look forward to our journey with the Department where we can make a positive difference to students’ lives. CES is a powerful schools management solution that can improve the education outcomes of students and families across South Australia," he said.
“Almost every day we are reminded about the increase in teachers’ workload through greater administrative requirements, giving them less time to focus on teaching. Civica has 40 years of experience in the Australian education sector, and we developed CES based on customer feedback that demanded that the focus shift back to learning by streamlining administrative tasks."