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Nimble education start-up makes a COVID pivot

It was early days in the pandemic but founder and chief executive John de la Motte says it was impressive how quickly they moved once a decision had been made to clear out the offices in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Balwyn.

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Private schools find work-around to protect income

Compass Education, which runs teaching management systems for government and independent schools, said it was handling data at a rate of 6.5 gigabits per second (Gbps) at the morning peak. On a normal first day of term it handles about 1 Gbps.

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NSW's move on school IT systems points to better days for Compass

A decision by the country's biggest education system, NSW, to abandon a single IT platform for managing schools and open a tender for smaller companies to offer a range of platforms has significantly boosted the outlook for Compass Education.

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Online learning shifts schools away from pass or fail results

Education-technology entrepreneur John de la Motte says the pandemic has forced schools to rethink how they report on student progress, paving the way for more detailed feedback and an end to "pass or fail" results.

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Atlassian inspires education software player to adopt 'Team Anywhere'

Compass helps school managers handle enrolments, student attendance, academic results, communication with parents and processing of payments for things like excursions or canteen orders.

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The lockdown has brought Compass Education closer to clients

Compass sent all its staff home early in March and since then has changed its priorities, employing staff in remote locations and letting employees relate to users of its services at a more granular level.

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School 'attendance' higher with online learning

Compass Education, which handles online processingfor 1800 government, independent and Catholic schools and has more than 2million users, says the online absentee rate was 4.8 per cent – less than half thenormal national absentee rate of 10 per cent.

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Nearly half of all kids stay away from school

Compass Education, which runs online school management systems, said absenteeism jumped from 30 per cent on Friday to just under 50 per cent on Monday. It was only 10 per cent a week ago.

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Advent Partners takes $60m stake in school software firm

Read Compass' coverage in the Australian Financial Review discussing our recent growth and private equity investment from Advent Partners.

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Partnered with K-12 schools across Australia

After a decade of partnering with schools we’ve got top marks for our school management system.
“Compass has been profoundly transformative in the way we manage and communicate around critical issues and processes like student wellbeing and parent communications, and the ways in which we shape student culture”
Christopher Hill
Associate Principal, Shenton College WA
“Compass is absolutely central to how our school operates, it’s hard to remember what things were like before it.”
Neil Scott
Principal, St Kilda Park Primary School
“The longer we use Compass, we are finding new and innovative ways to enhance our communication between the College, and parents, students and staff.”
Kiah Lanham
Acting Principal, Murrumba State Secondary College
“Introducing Compass has been overwhelmingly positive in helping us streamline our student record keeping, taking us to that next level as a school.”
Lisa Wilson
Principal, River Nile School

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