Upcoming Webinars

We deliver regular seasonal webinars to support schools at key points during the academic year. Each webinar is around 30 minutes long, plus time for questions.

To sign up for any of our upcoming webinars, click into the sections below. You can also watch all our past webinars from this link: Past webinar recordings

Managing wider school opening from 1st June

Join Kelly for a demonstration of how to manage wider school opening from June 1st in Arbor, including:

  • Tips for creating additional classes and registers if needed
  • How to record student attendance
  • How to use our new dedicated page to monitor attendance, follow-up with absentees and generate attendance numbers to submit to the DfE each day

During the second part of the session you'll be joined by Lucy (Product Manager for Statutory returns and Attendance) to help answer any other questions you've got about the process.

Sign up: Mon 1st June or Tue 2nd June at 1 pm

 
Essential webinars

Arbor overview and Top Tips

In this webinar we'll show you how to:

  • Navigate around Arbor
  • How to use the main Arbor Dashboard
  • Top Tips for using our cloud-based MIS

 

Student profiles

In this webinar we’ll look at:

  • How to add anew student manually or using a CTF
  • Finding a student's profile
  • Adding and editing data on the student profile
  • How to un-enrol a student

 

Staff profiles

In this webinar we’ll look at:

  • How to add a new staff member
  • Managing passwords and logging in
  • How to find a staff profile
  • Adding and editing data on the staff profile
  • How to end a staff member's employment at your school

 

Staff HR and Admin

In this webinar, we’ll look at how to add employment and financial information including:

  • Contracts
  • Checks
  • Pay scales
  • Positions for Census

 

Staff absence and Cover

In this webinar we’ll look at how to :

  • Log staff absences
  • Assign cover for staff absences
  • Report on staff absences
  • Set up supply teachers for long and short-term cover
  • Adding working periods for staff

 

Business Roles and Permissions

In this webinar we’ll look at how to:

  • Give a staff member a business role
  • Give a staff member ad-hoc permissions
  • See what each permission allows users to do
  • See which user has which permissions
  • Edit the permissions included in a business role

 

Attendance

In this webinar we’ll look at how to:

  • Take attendance
  • Manage attendance including following up with absentees
  • Use our built-in Attendance reports at a glance

Sign up: Mon 1st June at 2 pm

 

Communications

In this webinar will include:

  • An introduction to Arbor's Communication Module
  • Managing who can send communications as Permitted Senders
  • Checking staff have the correct permissions
  • Preparing and sending emails, SMS, in-app messages and letters in bulk and to individuals
  • Using notices
  • Logging telephone calls and meetings
  • Using the communications log

Sign up: Fri 5th June at 2 pm

 

Clubs and Trips

In this webinar will include:

  • Creating a club
  • Adding club sessions
  • Membership prices and participants
  • Creating a trip
  • Trip prices
  • Adding trip participants
  • Recording signups

Sign up: Wed 10th June at 12 pm

 

Meals

In this webinar will include:

  • How to set up a basic meal
  • How to manage Meal attendance 
  • How to manage meal balances
  • Meal Reports in Arbor

Sign up: Fri 12th June at 2 pm

 

 
Primary New School Year Setup

New School Year Setup Part 1 for Primaries - Overview, promoting and off-rolling

Ready to start preparing for September? Part 1 of our series for Primaries on setting up the new school year, this webinar will cover why now’s the time to complete the setup, and how to complete steps 1-5 of the setup, from creating the year to off-rolling your leavers to adding students to year and registration groups, custom groups and houses.

Sign up: Tue 2nd June at 12 pm

You can also watch a recording of our webinar from Tue 5th May at 12 pm from the link at the top of this article.

 

New School Year Setup - Your nursery next year

If you’ve got a nursery, you’ll need to set up your registration forms a little differently. In this webinar we’ll go through how to set up:

  • Attendance patterns for students who attend for the same pattern every day. For example Mon-Fri morning only, or Mon-Fri all day.
  • Enrolments into the right registers for students who don’t attend during the same times each day.
  • We’ll also be looking at the other areas you’ll need to fill in for your nursery before the new year, such as adding in funded hours.

 Sign up: Wed 3rd June at 10 am

You can also watch a recording of our webinar from Wed 6th May at 10 am from the link at the top of this article.

 

New School Year Setup Part 2 for Primaries - Scheduling and enrolling students

Part 2 of our series for Primaries on setting up the new school year, this webinar will cover how to complete steps 6, 7 and 8 of the setup, from making sure you’ll have the right registration forms scheduled with students enrolled, to getting your meals ready.

Sign up: Tue 9th June at 12 pm

You can also watch a recording of our webinar from Tue 12th May at 12 pm from the link at the top of this article.

 

New School Year Setup Part 3 for Primaries - Check you’re ready for September

Part 3 of our new school year setup series for Primaries, join this session to make sure you’ve set everything up correctly, and see how to fix it if it’s not quite right! We’ll be looking at calendar dates, student enrolments and changing course details and teachers. We’ll also look at the things you can’t do as part of the new school year setup process, like assessment and behaviour.

You can watch a recording of our webinar from Tue 19th May at 12 pm from the link at the top of this article.

 

Preparing for your first day back

Now you’ve completed your new school year setup, it’s time to get ready for September! In this webinar, we’ll look at everything from creating class lists and labels, to inputting student details such as consents or important documents, including using data collection sheets or the Parent Portal. We’ll also look at the things you couldn't do as part of the new school year setup process, like assessment and behaviour.

Sign up: Wed 17th June at 11 am

Secondary New School Year Setup

New School Year Setup Part 1 for Secondaries - Overview, promoting and off-rolling

Ready to start preparing for September? Part 1 of our series for Secondaries on setting up the new school year, this webinar will cover why now’s the time to complete the setup, and how to complete steps 1-5 of the setup, from creating the year to off-rolling your leavers to adding students to year and registration groups, custom groups and houses.

Sign up: Thu 4th June at 11 am

You can also watch a recording of our webinar from Thu 7th May at 11 am from the link at the top of this article.

 

New School Year Setup Part 2 for Secondaries - Scheduling and enrolling students

Part 2 of our series for Secondaries on setting up the new school year, this webinar will cover how to complete steps 6, 7 and 8 of the setup, from making sure you’ll have the right classes scheduled with students enrolled, to getting your meals ready.

Sign up: Thu 11th June at 11 am

You can also watch a recording of our webinar from Thu 14th May at 11 am from the link at the top of this article.

 

New School Year Setup Part 3 for Secondaries - Check you’re ready for September

Part 3 of our new school year setup series for Secondaries, this session to make sure you’ve set everything up correctly, and see how to fix it if it’s not quite right! We’ll be looking at calendar dates, student enrolments and changing course details and teachers. We’ll also look at the things you can’t do as part of the new school year setup process, like assessment and behaviour.

You can watch a recording of our webinar from Thu 21st May at 11 am from the link at the top of this article.

 

Preparing for your first day back

Now you’ve completed your new school year setup, it’s time to get ready for September! In this webinar, we’ll look at everything from creating class lists and labels, to inputting student details such as consents or important documents, including using data collection sheets or the Parent Portal. We’ll also look at the things you couldn't do as part of the new school year setup process, like assessment and behaviour.

Sign up: Thu 18th June at 11 am 

 

 
Engaging Parents while working from home. 

Engaging parents while working from home

In this webinar will include: 

  • How you can engage with parents
  • How Arbor can support you with engaging with parents

You can watch a recording of our webinar from Wed 6th May at 2 pm from the link at the top of this article.

Parent Engagement - The Parent Portal Part 1 

Parental Engagement - Preparing to switch on the Parent Portal. 

In this webinar will include: 

  • How can the Parent Portal help your school improve parental engagement and why is parental engagement so important? 
  • Preparing your data and cleansing your data
  • Merging any duplicate guardians
  • Linking guardians and students

You can watch a recording of our webinar from Mon 18th May at 11 am from the link at the top of this article.

 

Parental Engagement - Choosing your settings and what will a parent see? 

In this webinar will include: 

  • The different areas of the Parent Portal
  • Deciding on your settings and how to switch this on.
  • How the different settings look from a parents perspective

Sign up: Wed 20th May at 10 am 

You can watch a recording of our webinar from Wed 20th May at 10 am from the link at the top of this article.

 

Parental Engagement - Sending out your welcome emails and getting parents on board. 

In this webinar will include: 

  • How to send out your welcome emails
  • How to use the user dashboard to keep track of users
  • What resources are available to your school and how you get parents on board. 

You can watch a recording of our webinar from Fri 22nd May at 11 am from the link at the top of this article.

Parental Engagement - The Parent Portal Part 2 

Parental Engagement - Creating value for parents and guardians using the Parent Portal, Part 1

In this webinar will include: 

  • How you can use the Parent Portal modules to create value for parents. 
  • Using communications in the Parent Portal
  • Creating and setting live your guardian consultations
  • Making the move to cashless and managing payments in the Parent Portal

Sign up: Wed 10th June at 11 am

Parental Engagement - Creating value for parents and guardians using the Parent Portal, Part 2 

In this webinar will include: 

  • How to decide when you introduce new modules in the Parent Portal
  • Sending out your report cards
  • Using the Parent Portal for booking clubs and trips
  • Assessments in the Parent Portal  

 Sign up: Mon 15th June at 11 am 

 

FAQs 

How do I sign up for and join the webinar?

Step 1: Click the link at the top of the article to sign up to the webinar.

Step 2: Click Register Now for the webinar you would like to attend.

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Step 3: Enter your email address to register for the session. The link to join the webinar and the recording of the session will be sent to this email address.

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Step 4: Click the button in the email we've sent you to access the webinar.
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Dialling in to Livestorm

If you don't have a pair of headphones and want to dial in via phone, follow these instructions.

Step 1: Access the webinar by following the instructions above.

Step 2: Click for sound.

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Step 3: Click on the Help button found on the top right of the live stream, or click on the 'Encountering issues with audio or video?' message found right above the webinar sidebar.

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Step 4: Choose the country that you're located in from the pop-up. To listen to the webinar, call the number, and then enter the 6 digit code to join the event and start listening!

The number to dial for the UK is 0800 060 8942.

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Step 5: To make your video widescreen, click the button in the pink box shown below. To hide the chat box, click the button in the orange box shown below.

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Having problems connecting?

Please ensure the website is whitelisted. Your IT team can help you with this!

If you're struggling to connect to the webinar or your screen freezes, please refresh your page. This solves the majority of issues. 

If you continue to have problems with audio or video, select Help, and choose Compatibility mode. This should adjust your settings to try and fix your issues.

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If you are still experiencing issues with the audio or video, click Help and use the Phone dial-in option and call the number to dial into the sound. This should reduce the demand on your internet to improve the stream.

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Follow Livestorm’s Technical requirements and Firewall information.

  

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the webinars about?

Arbor delivers regular seasonal webinars to support schools at key points during the academic year. Each webinar has a set agenda and is around half an hour long, with time for questions.

Who should attend?

Everyone at the school is welcome to join our webinars, we do however suggest joining the ones relevant to your school. For example, if you're an Isle of Man, Interserve or Independent school, you won't need to join our Census webinars.

How can I prepare?

Block some time out in your calendar, grab yourself a pair of headphones and head to a quiet space where you'll be able to focus. We cover a large amount of information during the session and don't want you to miss anything!

During the session, ask any questions you have using the chat window and your trainer will answer them at the end.

Please ask your IT team to whitelist the website.  

 
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