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Compass expands to support more public schools

Ed-tech company Compass has secured a WA Department of Education contract for public schools, expanding its support to more than 3,000 schools and four million users.

In August this year, ed-tech company Compass announced it has won a state government tender to supply 800-plus Western Australian public schools with school management software.

Compass will deliver the project in tandem with Australian technology powerhouse TechnologyOne.

The contract, worth more than $9 million a year over seven years and includes an option for extension, comes after a rigorous tender process run by the WA Department of Education over several years.

The department separated the tender into four categories including school administration, student administration, timetabling and finance – three of which were awarded to Compass. The fourth component – finance – will be delivered by Compass in partnership with ASX-listed TechnologyOne.

Compass co-founder and CEO John de la Motte said the company is thrilled WA’s Department of Education has chosen local technology providers to power its public schools.

“After running one of the most stringent tender processes we’ve ever been involved in, including detailed analysis from independent subject matter experts, Compass has been awarded the contract for all four school management categories,” he said.

“Supporting local technology jobs is a key tenement of Compass, an ed-tech company that is built in Australia in consultation with teachers from right across the country.”

The Victorian-headquartered Compass launched in Western Australia in 2019 and is currently used by 150-plus schools in the state. The new contract means the number of WA schools using Compass will expand to more than 800.

Globally, Compass is investing heavily in innovation with the recent release of analytics, learning and assessment and timetabling features – both of which are experiencing rapid uptake in schools.

TechnologyOne, one of Australia’s largest Software as a Service (SaaS) companies, will implement its financial management and supply chain software as part of the digital transformation project.

The solution will support the billing, finance, accounting, budgeting and management reporting function for the Department of Education and the schools it serves, providing real-time insights across cash flows and performance to drive efficiency, streamline processes, and save time and money.

TechnologyOne CEO Ed Chung said the company has long-standing experience and deep knowledge across the education and government sectors.

“Our solution empowers more than 1.4 million students globally across K-12 and higher education, partnering with Catholic Education, and some of the world’s leading universities,” he said.

“TechnologyOne is also trusted by one in four public sector organisations across Australia and New Zealand. This deep sector expertise, honed over the last 36 years, means we understand our customers’ priorities: simplifying business processes to deliver outstanding results for their users and the community.”

More than 1,200 leading corporations, government departments and statutory authorities are powered by TechnologyOne software.

“Our global SaaS solution provides deep functionality for the markets we serve: local government, education, health and community services, asset intensive industries and financial services. For these markets we invest significant funds each year in research and development. We also take complete responsibility to market, sell, implement, support and run our solutions for our customers, which reduces time, cost and risk,” Chung said.

Compass, which is used by more than 3,000 schools and four million parents, teachers and students, was previously selected as the school management system for CEnet, a consortium of over 600 Catholic schools in NSW, QLD, ACT, andTAS.

It was the first education platform provider to pass Western Australia’s stringent school privacy and data protection regulations, and has recently expanded into Ireland and the UK.

Compass also offers a variety of management solutions for individual state schools, enterprise education diocese and governments and private independent schools.

Compass helps school communities simplify complexity with an all-in-one school management system. Featuring more than 40 connected, time-saving tools, schools can unlock productivity across attendance, payments, assessments, wellbeing and more.

“Our vision is to reduce the administrative burden on staff and give teachers time to focus onthe important things: helping learning thrive,” de la Motte said.

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