This article has 8 tips on customizing your new Arbor MIS!
- Set up your third party integrations
- Lesson Dashboard Settings
- Add Timetable Periods
- Add PPA time for staff
- Set up behaviour
- Adding a Subject to your courses and classes
- Setting up Custom Groups and User Defined fields
- Arbor’s Interventions Module
1. Set up your third party integrations
Now you’re logged on to your new Arbor MIS, you’ll want to get started with linking all your school’s favourite third-party API integrations - you can get help here with setting these up.
2. Lesson Dashboard Settings
Before your teachers start using Arbor, you may want to customise the information that they can see on the lesson dashboards. You can do this from School > Programmes > Lesson Settings.
If you're using My Classroom from Go Live, you can also switch this on here. Learn more about switching on My Classroom here.
3. Add Timetable Periods
The timetable periods that have migrated will show as times on your timetable, for example, “09:00 - 10:00”.
If you want to categorise your timetable into set periods, for example, “Period 1”, you may want to set up Timetable Periods - you can get help here to do this.
4. Add PPA time for staff
Due to the way PPA time is stored in your current MIS, it may migrate as a general event into the Arbor school calendar. As this can be inconsistent, it’s a good idea to tidy this up after migration. You can get help here to schedule PPA as an event.
5. Set up behaviour
If you want your staff to be able to record behaviour incidents from day one, there are a few basics you will need to check and add information for:
- Behaviour Types - What types of behaviour will you be tracking
- Behaviour Points - Do you want to track positive or negative points together or separately
- Behaviour Incident Policy - Who is notified of an incident and what actions automatically occur
- Detention Policy - When do detentions take place and who can assign them
- Internal Exclusions - When do exclusions take place and who can assign them
You can find guidance on getting behaviour set up ready for Day 1 here.
6. Adding a Subject and Year Group to your courses and classes
This concept of a Subject is unique to Arbor, so not something that is stored in your previous MIS. This step is important to support and enhance the reporting you will now have access to in your Arbor MIS. Get help here to add subjects to your courses.
When you're adding the subject, we would also suggest adding the Year Group to the course (which is done the same way as adding the subject). This will allow you to enhance your reporting even further!
Both of these steps are really important if you use any third party systems that pull course information from the MIS - having an accurate subject and year group will help them to correctly identify courses.
7. Setting up Custom Groups and User Defined fields
To really harness the power of reporting in Arbor, you can set up user-defined fields to track extra information, and use custom groups to group people together. We recommend taking some time to set these up. When you’re ready to get started, get help here to set up custom groups, and here for user-defined fields.
8. Arbor’s Interventions Module
Part of Arbor’s Perform package, Interventions track actions that a school takes with a child, or group of children outside of normal day to day lessons with the aim of improving student progress, attainment and/or well-being. You can get help here for how to set them up and use them.