Capita launches online portal to help colleges boost parental engagement


21 November 2013

Capita’s further and higher education business has launched new software to help colleges get parents more engaged in their child’s learning. The solution gives parents online access to a wealth of real-time information on how their child is progressing through their studies. 

The UNIT-e Parent Portal enables parents to log on from a PC or tablet and view details of their child’s attendance and achievement, as well as course and exam timetables, from the moment they are entered onto the institution’s system.

King Edward VI College in Stourbridge is among the first institutions to introduce the technology. Jeremy Sheen, director of information at the college, says: “It has never been more important for further education institutions to ensure their students gain the qualifications and skills they need to succeed in their chosen careers. The role parents play in supporting the young person’s progress cannot be underestimated.

“With The UNIT-e Parent Portal, parents have a hub of online information at their fingertips to keep them up to date with how their child is doing on a daily basis, without increasing the workloads of our staff. We have found that providing more information to parents online is an incredibly convenient and effective way for parents to engage in college life. The initial feedback we have had from parents has been really positive.”

The software enables colleges to give parents online access to the latest attendance and achievement information already being recorded by tutors every day. They can login and check whether the student is arriving on time to lessons and view details of their child’s strengths and weaknesses following an assessment. They can even see comments individual tutors have made on work that has been submitted and make contact with tutors directly via the portal, helping them to better support their child from home.

Nigel Rayner, head of Capita’s further and higher education business, said: “In the past, parents have often seen the flow of information between home and school fall away once a young person leaves secondary education. This can no longer be the case.

“Parental support is essential to boosting students’ achievement into further education and beyond. There is a growing need for institutions to provide accurate, timely information to parents on their child’s educational progress in an efficient and effective way. The UNIT-e Parent Portal is set to play a crucial role in helping institutions to close the information gap.” 

Capita’s further and higher education business supplies the UNIT-e student record management system as well as solutions for delivering mobile technology, document management, library systems and payment solutions.