Double First Ltd, developer of the Engage school management system and financial management software, is delighted to announce it has won a 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, in recognition of its export growth since 2008.
The firm has seen exceptional levels of growth in recent years, most significantly in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, with sales to international schools now comprising in excess of half of its total activity.
Queen's Award for International Trade — full story
The Bett education technology show in London has become a key event for us to meet many people from UK schools and further afield. We hosted many visitors to our largest yet stand during the four days of Bett 2016 including a party from the Independent Schools Association, for which Double First is a Gold Preferred Supplier and very active partner. One of the ISA's delegates was James Wilding, Academic Principal of Claires Court, a leading independent co-educational school for pupils aged 3-18 years.
Engage commended at Bett 2016 — full story
Double First is pleased to announce its latest round of popular User Groups in the UK and Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.
User Groups are open to all licensed users of the Engage school management information system, finance software and other Double First education products. They are the ideal place to meet up with our developers and support team members, as well as academic leaders, teachers and administrative staff colleagues from other schools.
Engage Spring 2016 User Groups — full story
The Engage school management information system successfully underpins the operation of many leading schools in the Middle East. We've had a long and fruitful relationship with British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) and very much look forward to attending the annual conference each year.
The 2016 edition of the BSME Conference will be held in Qatar from 7-11 March with a key theme of what it takes to be a future-ready school, led by the EdTechTeam. Our team will be there to play its part in the discussions that will no doubt arise from that and also to witness the BSME Conference Choir, coached by Dominic Peckham. We look forward to seeing you there.
The latest monthly release of our Engage school management information system (MIS) and finance software is now available for all registered users.
v2016.02 contains new features and improvements in Extra-Curricular Activities, Report Comments, Room Booking, Pupils and Candidate Timetables in Examinations.
Engage v2016.02 release— full story
The Double First team will be exhibiting at the Boarding Schools Association's Deputy Heads and Heads of Boarding Conference at the Grand Hotel in Brighton later this week on 28-29 January 2016.
Entitled 'Good, Better, Best, the conference is to feature several key presentation on the future development of boarding and school leaders. Television presenter Ben Fogle will offer his thoughts on how boarding helped him meet his challenges.
If you are attending please do stop to say hello to us – we look forward to seeing you there.
Following demand from schools Double First has developed and released a mobile app for the Engage school management information system.
The Engage School App is being released in phases with the first being dedicated to parents. It enables quick and secure access to vital information such as timetabling, school notices, current fee balance and pupil and student reports.
Engage MIS School mobile app — full story
The latest version of Double First's Engage school management information system is set for release this week as a part of our programme of continual improvement in response to school feedback.
Engage MIS v2016.01 includes improvements and additions to Extra-Curricular Activities, the dummy database functionality, email merge, Class Marksheets and timetable. This release also contains the latest fields required to accommodate the UK 2016 ISC Census reports.
Engage MIS v2016.01 — full story
Double First is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted at the Bett Awards 2016, a real accolade at an event that attracts nearly 800 exhibitors, including major companies such as Google, Microsoft, HP and Samsung. Keynote speakers this year include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
The Bett Awards is, in the words of the organiser, "more difficult than ever to win" due to an increasing number of entries of high standard. Double First is in the running for the ICT Exporter of the Year category, a great recognition of progress made in working with key schools in countries around the world.
Double First shortlisted for Bett Awards — full story
In its latest release Engage, Double First's school management information system now has fully integrated SMS text message facilities built right into its modules. To complement these features, we are offering a text bundle service that has self service ordering and an auto top-up facility.
New school SMS text service — full story
Double First has released a significant version of its Engage school management information software that contains a fully integrated school SMS text messaging system, plus significant improvements to the Engage School Web Admissions tool that can fully integrate with any school website.
Many of the feature ideas incorporated are requested by academic and administrative staff from our school customers, through our twice yearly regional user group activities, our Share Ideas portal and via regular contact with the schools on the telephone and on our Support Portal.
Engage v2015.11 released — full story
Double First is pleased to announce the latest release of its Engage school management information software. Many of the feature ideas incorporated are requested by school academic and administrative staff, through our active user group programme, our Share Ideas portal and via regular contact with the schools. Improvements are released on monthly cycle.
Engage v2015.10 contains a series of improvements across the application's features, including Marksheets, Pupil Search, Staff Timetable, Activities, Pupil Registration, Assessments and Timetable.
Engage v2015.10 — full story
Double First is pleased to announce the latest release of its Engage school management information software. We work on a monthly release cycle to provide schools with the new features and updates that result from our programme of constant improvement. Many of the these are requested by schools themselves, through our Share Ideas portal.
Engage v2015.09 contains a series of improvements across the application's features, including Timetable, Activities, Core Pupil Details, Curriculum and Reports.
Engage v2015.09 — full story
Significant interest in the Engage school management system by South African schools has prompted Double First to open its latest global sales and support office, in Johannesburg.
Engage School Management Systems in South Africa is a wholly owned operation that will provide a full range of implementation, support, training and sales services locally. It will serve schools throughout the Southern African region as well as working closely within the global Engage support network, which now operates for around 21 hours most days, six days per week.
Our first appointment for Engage School Management Systems South Africa is Jenny Dry, a highly experienced business manager and bursar.
Engage in South Africa — full story
The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) is a schools association with around 650 of the world’s leading prep schools in membership. Double First has had a close working relationship with this body for many years and we are looking forward to visiting the Annual Heads' Conference at Celtic Manor, Newport, as a sponsor and attendee at the annual dinner on 29 September.
Themed 'Is Your School In Good Heart?', the conference will feature a wide range of presenters including General Sir Mike Jackson, Sir John Jones and Roy Blatchford. Broadcaster and journalist Matthew Parris will give the after dinner speach.
Brooke Hornby and one of Double First's latest recruits, Richard Riley, will be attending and look forward to meeting with all of the delegates.