2021/2022 Product Updates - August release roundup

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Timetabling lesson clashes

Need to remove students from certain lessons in a course, or prioritise one lesson over another in their calendar? There’s now no need to edit your course structure, unenrol students from the course, or add them to individual lessons!

Just use our new Clashing Lessons functionality to create a Timetable Slot Student Exception for the course - see how to use these here: Fix clashes where students are enrolled into multiple lessons



Emergency Alerts

Once you set up your On Call Rota and switch the feature on, all your staff can call for help with a simple click of the new Emergency Alert button.

We pull in as much information as we can into the alert, so they know exactly where to go and the kind of support you need. Alerts can be easily reported on and resolved by the right people.

See how to get started here: Emergency on call alerts



What else is new?

  • You can now export staff details from Arbor to Access Budgeting.
  • Import from Arbor into TimeTabler, rather than needing to keep both systems up to date with tweaks to rooms or staffing.
  • We’ve introduced a new National Tutoring Programme Student Funding Type, and deactivated School Led Tutoring Programme. Don’t worry, you don’t need to update to the new type, as the hours page and your School Census will output correctly with either funding type. You can read further details here.
  • When importing exam results, import the EDI file for just the overall grades, or the XML file for the overall grade and marks for each assessable.
  • We’ve sped up the loading time for the Room Availability drop-down when making room changes.
  • We’ve also optimised the loading time for slide overs when you click on a person’s name on the MAT MIS.
  • We’ve introduced two new In Care Statuses for inside England or Wales and outside England or Wales to replace Adopted from care. You can still report on the old status in Students > Demographics > Looked After (In Care) and your existing reports in the Custom Report Writer. For the Census and to create new reports, you must replace the old status with one of the new ones, or you’ll receive errors in the Autumn School Census.
  • When recording a staff absence that overlaps with an existing absence, we let you know when that absence is in the pop up.
  • Your Notifications in the top right of Arbor now display in a much longer list. Plus they’re now keyboard accessible - use your down arrow to select, back key to delete and enter to click.
  • You can now use our new tables in even more places, such as when setting up club pricing, or when adding a new grade set for assessments.
  • Update details for your payment account, including details for the Controllers/Owners, Representative and Bank Account Holder name.


Coming soon…

Rotating Meal Menus

Create a menu that changes every one to four weeks, with parents able to select what their child will have in advance through the parent Portal and Arbor App.


The ability to schedule communications (Email, SMS and In-App messages) to send at a later date.

Cashless Catering

We’re building a two-way integration with Cunninghams to enable you to log and manage cashless catering payments, and keep balances up to date in both systems.


We publish a roundup of our releases every other Friday here. You can also see what else we’re working on using our Roadmap.

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