English teaching chain swaps Microsoft Access for Tribal info management system

Tribal said EBS will streamline processes and integrate more effectively with external support and compliance tools

English Language Partners New Zealand (ELPNZ), which provides English teaching and other services to more than 7000 refugees and migrants, has deployed Tribal’s EBS student information management system to provide functions previously provided by Microsoft Access SMS database.

The organisation operates across 23 centres with more than 300 paid staff and 1,700 trained volunteers.

Tribal said EBS would streamline processes and integrate more effectively with external support and compliance tools, including National Student Number, Single Data Return (SDR) and Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (LNAAT).

"Tribal’s Student Management System (SMS) will be operational for all users, business functions and reporting previously delivered by ELPNZ’s Microsoft Access SMS database," Tribal said.

"It includes business functions and reporting required to replace ELPNZ’s previous single data return solution and wider reporting to the Tertiary Education Council (TEC).

"It will also support online maintenance of class attendance rolls by teachers and automate teacher outcome reporting enabling individual educators to create their own reports as required. ELPNZ will also be able to manage online maintenance of volunteer hours and student records of learning."

Tribal Group, general manager (NZ) Steve Exley, said the ELPNZ installation was the company's first in Asia Pacific to be delivered entirely as a cloud-based service. ELPNZ chief executive, Nicola Sutton, said the organisation had been seeking a user friendly and intuitive solution.

"It was important that we could easily analyse our data to provide the insights to help us better manage our business."

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