“Just CPOMS it”
What Our Schools Are Saying.
Don’t just take it from us, let our schools do the talking!
CPOMS has been in operation for about a year now in Ash Green School and it has been adopted as a whole school approach with various members of staff recording on the system.
As the lead DSL and school based social worker I can certainly recommend CPOMS to any other school or agency, the system enables all members of staff to communicate with each other on a regular basis be it a Safeguarding matter, behavioural issues and even down to less serious concerns such as teacher discussion’s with parents etc.
CPOMS is fantastic in ensuring service user confidentiality and also enables the school to be open and honest in their practice by reassuring the parents/carers that they can view recordings and documents at any time which allows the school to continue to promote positive relationships whilst also getting the more serious messages across to the family etc.
The system is easy to navigate and the support you can access via Meritec is second to none, another bonus is that Meritec are constantly upgrading the system to account for ever changing needs for their customers.Hugh Monaghan
CPOMS is well embedded into our Schools daily life. It supports us with our recording on safeguarding, attendance, incidents with pupils /parents as well as recording SEN information and contact with outside agencies. We also use the reporting feature to enable us to complete reports for Governors etc. On our recent Ofsted Inspection the inspectors were very impressed with the system and how we used it for recording information. Meritec staff are always friendly and helpful and are very prompt with their response to any query. CPOMS is a very valuable tool and I cannot recommend it enough, once you use it you will wonder how you managed without it!Jeanette Bolton
CPOMS has transformed the way in which Stretford Grammar School deals with safeguarding throughout the school. The level of security, the ease of use and the complete transparency of information between the designated users means that the school is completely compliant with the OFSTED guidelines for safeguarding. The adaptability of the software means that we have been able to tailor the way in which we use CPOMS to meet the needs of our school context. The reporting aspect of CPOMS has also proved to be an invaluable tool when reporting to governors and I am able to use reports to highlight areas that need additional resources or further staff input. CPOMS has become an integral part of the school’s safeguarding policy and as a single central record it is faultless. I would recommend all schools to adopt CPOMS as part of their safeguarding procedure.David Price-Uden
CPOMS has given every member of staff the peace of mind that their safeguarding concern has been logged securely. It gives me, as Safeguarding Lead, the peace of mind that I am aware of every staff concern instantly and have a chance to intervene asap. CPOMS also gives me a confidential, secure way of keeping a record of interventions in a easily manageable form. It also allows me to interrogate the data I hold quickly and effectively. I have found CPOMS to be flexible to our individual needs as a school with a good customer service should help be needed. They listen to users’ needs and have adapted as a result. I would not hesitate to say that our students are safer now as a result of CPOMS. Staff equally are safeguarded against accusations that there is no evidence that they have responded to the needs of the students. CPOMS has revolutionised the way that we work and I am looking forward to using even more of its capabilities in the future.Stuart Hacking
Clifton Primary school is a large 4 form entry primary school. We have used Cpoms for the last 3 years and have found it a very efficient way of monitoring child protection and safeguarding concerns within the school. In addition to child protection, schools can choose other categories to monitor, we have chosen, behaviour, home issues, medical to give a few examples. It is easy to use. If a member of staff has a concern they send an alert to one of the DSL’s, this alert is sent via email. The email tells you that a member of staff has alerted you to a concern, the link takes you to cpoms and you can log in. Actions taken can be recorded. There are 2 levels of access limited for most staff, but wider access for leadership team. What I particularly like about it is the fact that there is a record of previous concerns. This builds up a very clear picture of the child and actions taken to date. I would be happy to recommend cpoms to other schools, which I have already on a number of occasions. If we need help using cpoms or have a question the service department are extremely helpful.Angela Brown
CPOMS is a great way of recording incidents and highlighting issues that need attention within the school. It is also a superb way of keeping a sensitive child protection register. During our recent OFSTED inspection (May 2013) we could quickly show trends and requested information through our CPOMS files.Richard Clarke
I just wanted to drop you a line to say how over the moon we are with CPOMS! It has become an essential part of our communication systems across both the school sites. Just a few weeks after implementation, it is difficult to imagine how we ever coped without it. I am now much more confident that we are communicating effectively within the school – this has already led to referrals to social services with improved outcomes for children, directly as a result of having CPOMS in place. So… thank you.Robert Staples
CPOMS has made significant impact in how we monitor and support our students. As a safeguarding lead it has ensured that I have up to the minute data and feedback on all our students and more importantly, we have a complete overview of those vulnerable students who are most at risk. It has been a real step forward in enabling us to share vital information with external agencies and keep confidential, accurate chronologies and records that are so vital in safeguarding. It is an excellent and efficient reporting tool, which has helped us drive and manage our strategic decisions around student welfare. The system itself, is easy to use, and the support from Meritec has been first class. I am moving to a new school, and the first thing I will do, is recommend CPOMS to the leadership and governors. Leading safeguarding is a huge responsibility, and this system has not just helped protected the students, but also given the staff a sense of security and confidence.Marc Cooper
CPOMS is amazing – it is one of those things you don’t realise how much you can’t be without until you have it! CPOMS has revolutionised the school, enabling us to effectively communicate and track our most vulnerable learners. The system ensures that the right agencies are actively involved to improve outcomes for children – the purple forms have become a thing of the past! Thank you.Tracy Prickett
I can whole heartedly recommend this programme. My head did worry that one day I would leave my filing cabinet open or even lose my key ! So with this is mind when I saw an advert for CPOMS and I thought all her/my worries had been answered. The programme allows us to store all safeguarding information in one place. We can share it with staff that need to know. Any information we log is stored securely with the date and time which ensures that record keeping is logged accurately. We can monitor safeguarding incidents carefully and are able at a moments notice to produce information/ data for anyone that needs it. As well as acting like a big filing cabinet (without the paper) you can set yourself reminders which you can set hours or even days ahead. The programme can transfer files between schools so ensuring confidential information being shared immediately without delay. I certainly recommend the programme and will happily talk to anyone who wants to know more.Sandra Coleman
CPOMS has transformed the school’s safeguarding systems ensuring that no child slips through the net through confidential record keeping, building accurate and extensive chronologies, as well as allowing Governors to fulfil their role of monitoring this essential area within school.Duncan Nelmes
CPOMS has been a brilliant tool for recording my Child Protection/Child In Need information. I have thoroughly enjoyed using it, its made recording information quicker and more efficient.Emma Norton
CPOMS is now an integral part of our Safeguarding system within school, after only 6 weeks! It’s easy to use, manage safeguarding issues and has given all staff peace of mind that anything they report is dealt with almost immediately and the fact that they can report an incident outside of school has just consolidated this peace of mind. Every time I have introduced somebody to CPOMS they have come away wondering why this technology is not in all schools.Katy Beech
CPOMS has literally transformed the way we record and communicate child protection and well-being concerns about all our pupils. It allows us to keep an effective chronology for our most vulnerable pupils which has saved us time. The system is very user friendly, easy to access for reports and information which can also be customised. It has enabled us to target support for groups of pupils where there are similar concerns too. Transferring information from our feeder schools at the start of Year 7 is invaluable in getting us up to speed quickly. I really don’t know how we managed in the dark ages of paper over a split site school!Elaine Pendlebury
There are over 700 children in our Primary school spread out between 21 classes and a Nursery. Communicating before CPOMS took up so much time and energy running around the school trying to catch members of staff when they weren’t busy.
CPOMS has changed our lives………for the better!!!
All of our staff have access to the system and are categorised into different user groups so that information can be shared on a need to know basis. We use it, not only for Safeguarding, but for a whole variety of subjects including Attendance, Behaviour, Medical & Friendship Issues to name but a few. Once an incident is recorded on the system it means that everyone who needs to know is immediately up to date. Gone are the days when bits of scrap paper were handed to us with garbled and indecipherable messages on, or we were ambushed in the corridors by half a dozen people all wanting to share information at the same time.
The reports that can be created with CPOMS are really useful as you can decide which elements of the recorded information is relevant to what you need, just click on the category and print. Each incident is shown in date order, great for Safeguarding meetings, and so easy to read.
We have sung the praises of CPOMS to other schools in our area and one of our feeder Secondary schools have started to use it after seeing it live in our school. It’s also really useful that information be transferred via CPOMS when pupils move to another school.
CPOMS is easy to use, quick for recording and really just brilliant all round!”
Lynn Tate – Safeguarding Lead/Learning Mentor
Michelle Povey – Parent Support Advisor
We have been using CPOMS for two years now. Initially we slowly implemented the system with only the safeguarding team, however we very quickly realised how useful, secure and efficient the system was. We quickly rolled out the system to all staff to use and we now have tightly monitored, secure and systematic records in place for all children in the school. Not only do we have the records for the children who are presently in the school we also can access our archived records which has proved very useful when dealing with external agencies.
The secure transfer of the records when children move schools is also a great tool and supports us in ensuring all the relevant information is passed on appropriately.
Our safeguarding team has found that having all records and relevant information only a few clicks away allows us to access information readily whilst keeping it very secure. With the many functions and the ability to personalise the settings e.g. who gets notified automatically when an incident is recorded ensures that the correct people in the school get all the information required and allows us to piece the jigsaw together.
Finally if we have a question, query or suggestion about the system the helpdesk is always there to support and listen and will go out of their way to rectify any concerns.Dawn Neale
“Just a quick message to the CPOMS team to say thank you.
I knew the potential CPOMS could have having used it in my previous setting. I am pleased staff in the school were willing to give it ago in my new setting – they are now all converts!
Initially, whilst we tried the system out, it was just SLT using it but quickly additional staff asked to contribute and now the whole school are on board.
The school was good with regards to their safeguarding commitment before but the tiny tiny jigsaw pieces make a big difference. Thanks to CPOMS and the way it stores and presents all of these pieces we’ve been successful in establishing early help/mash and have even had a child move foster placements as the evidence of need was so clear – thank you!”
Chris Burton, Deputy Headteacher
The Nethersole Church of England Academy, Warwickshire
“Just to say what a helpful and user-friendly product CPOMS is. It has eliminated a paper nightmare and replaced it with a system that is straightforward, offers us a ready made chronology, and a means to electronically record items that will make our safeguarding practice more efficient and more work load friendly. I had concerns about the updating of new students and staff, yet these were either done automatically or they were so simple to do even a bad tempered stretched Deputy Head could manage it! I had heard wonderful things about CPOMS and not only does it live up to those promises, it excels them. From a reliable self-explanatory simple to use system, right up to excellent and accessible customer service, just thoroughly worth every penny!
THANKS so much and a huge thankyou to the team! I honestly just say to staff – log on – look at it – if you can’t work it out, you shouldn’t be teaching!!!”
Gus Diamond, Deputy Head
All Saints Catholic College, Tameside
CPOMS is a must have. It’s an invaluable safeguarding and pastoral online tool that allows information to not only be stored securely but also to be analysed and shared quickly. Gone are the conversations in the corridor and the several repeated emails to colleagues and they have been replaced with, “I’ll CPOMS it”.
It gets the right information to the right staff at the right time. The information helps colleagues to see each part of the jigsaw puzzle and act accordingly. Accountability is much easier to manage and it has ensured the schools response is both thorough and prompt.
The additional reporting tools are invaluable for governors, external agencies and the whole host of safeguarding meetings. As the safeguarding lead it allows me to see the issues we are facing as a school and brief my team of current or emerging trends.
As a large school of 1600+ with 200 teaching and support staff I have to be honest and say we couldn’t communicate anywhere near as effectively without CPOMS. I love the fact that Meritec continues to develop their software alongside the changes in education. They have evolved to meet the demands of government on schools yet still maintain that small business commitment to its users. Thank you!Russell Clarke
I have worked for over 22 years in schools, 17 in my current role as Deputy Safeguarding Officer. Undoubtedly, admin for Safeguarding and Pastoral Support was an enormous challenge, especially regarding Transition. 2 years ago we started using CPOMS and this proved to be an invaluable tool for the management of Safeguarding and Well-being in school. Any information logged can, if needed, be printed or sent electronically which means the mammoth task can be done in an easier, quicker and in a more cost effective way. Instead of laboriously preparing the files and sending via recorded delivery, this can be completed in an instant.
A massive thank you to CPOMS and staff… here’s hoping all schools signup ASAP!Tina Holmes
As a split site, three form entry primary school the CPOMS system is ideal for us. Every member of staff in school has access to the system, with different permission levels allowing us to control the level of access. Quality training was provided by the Meritec team and it quickly became part of our daily safeguarding management systems. One of the most important features for us is the ability to copy information to as many members of staff as you wish, whilst ensuring confidentiality. Meritec are continuing to further develop the system, ensuring that it keeps pace with the changing role of schools in the safeguarding of pupils. Meritec staff are well informed and offer prompt advice and support. I would recommend this system to any school wishing to streamline and improve their record keeping systems.Carol Stephenson
CPOMS enables us to record any incidents or concerns that we may have about a child’s safety. We can then easily share the information with staff who need to know. It provides us with a comprehensive record of any issues or disclosures and highlights our actions. It also enables us to easily link family members and provides us with up to date contact details directly from SIMS. It gives me the confidence to say that we have a highly effective tool for safeguarding. I would recommend it to any school.John Devlin
In a large secondary school CPOMS has been fantastic in helping us to track all aspects of safeguarding across the school. This is a secure record keeping system that allows our pastoral team to communicate effectively and efficiently ensuring interventions and support are in place for our young people in need. This system is a powerful tool which is simple to navigate. At the click of the button we have an overview of information and interventions for individuals, groups of students or incident categories. This has been extremely useful in supporting the completion of the Section 175 audit. CPOMS is highly recommended!Miss Lisa Proctor
CPOMS has been an absolutely invaluable tool in the development of our safeguarding procedures. Not only does it allow us to capture essential information from a wide range of sources, it enables us to spot trends and patterns quickly. Several individuals may have different parts of the jig-saw and CPOMS allows us to put the whole picture together much quicker that would previously have been possible. The range of evidence that can be easily stored on the system builds a powerful evidence trail that keeps all relevant stakeholders in the loop at all times. As Safeguarding lead, I no longer have people catching me in the corridor to let me know of a concern they have. These concerns are quickly recorded in the system and can be acted upon accordingly. Ofsted were particularly impressed with our Safeguarding procedures and record keeping when they visited in July 2015. CPOMS let us highlight all the information we held confidentially and provided a strong evidential trail of our actions and their positive impact for the children concerned. Safeguarding is a huge area for all schools and I feel that CPOMS is an essential tool to support this crucial aspect of our work.Mark Gilronan
We have been using CPOMS for over a year now and have been delighted with the ease at which it allows us to record and report actions, incidents and concerns. The system is very flexible and the support provided by Meritec has been second to none. I would not hesitate in recommending CPOMS and would encourage you to take the opportunity to see CPOMS in action.Joanne Jones
CPOMS has considerably reduced the work load involved in reporting incidents and actions, as it is easily accessible online. It enables even more effective communication between the three Designated Senior Lead’s in the school, as we receive an email every time an incident or action is reported. As Head, it provides me with the security that I always know what is being done, enabling me to monitor all of the safeguarding actions immediately, no matter whether I am away from school. Also, I can now update sections of the Safeguarding Audit quickly and painlessly, through the software tools available, rather than manually counting from the individual folders or log of incidents. CPOMS is something I would never be without!Michelle Gay
As a large primary school CPOMS is invaluable to us. It is an effective and simple way to quickly communicate information to staff throughout the school regarding pupil’s health, safety and general wellbeing. Staff now feel they are very well informed and are equipped with the information needed to support pupil’s achievement. The system stores a chronological record for pupils which is particularly useful when reporting to external agencies. CPOMS is very easy to use and the technical support has been first rate. I would highly recommend CPOMS.Donna Brown
We LOVE CPOMS at Sacred Heart. It is a brilliant system and has streamlined our lines of communication. The thing I love best is that as Head of School I am updated instantly by an alert.Paul Madia
CPOMS has revolutionised the way we manage incidents and concerns with our pupils at our school. CPOMS allows all our team members to share information across disciplines and to ensure key individuals know the latest action that has taken place. We use CPOMS to evidence the conversations we have with external agencies, such as our local Children and Young Peoples’ Family Services, so that if action is not forthcoming or there are disputes over cases, we have the evidence quick and ready to hand. CPOMS make preparing chronologies and reports for case conferences so easy, I can’t believe how much time I have saved since getting it. For instance, I was in a meeting away from school. I received an alert email to my phone, logged in and added an action for others to attend to. By the time I returned to school, the actions were complete and things were moving forward for the child. Without CPOMS, we would not have been able to be so responsive and effective in our management of incidents.Andrea Hemmens
CPOMS has made a vast difference to the way we are able to communicate important information to members of staff. We are able to have up to date records of all our children and access it whenever we need to. CPOMS has become an essential tool which enables us to be able to discuss the latest incidents with teachers, parents and outside agencies. Teachers are able to alert us to any concerns so that we can act immediately.
As a company CPOMS are always adding additional features that provide new reporting aspects or additional data at our fingertips. We could not do without CPOMS and are constantly recommending it to other schools.Heather Adams
As a Primary School with over 720 pupils, CPOMS has revolutionised the way we record our safeguarding information. It enables all staff to communicate more effectively to raise concerns of our pupils. We are able to track our more vulnerable groups and at the click of a button we can report how many children are in each category, which has been helpful to our Governing Body as we can show a complete breakdown of all our children. The use of the Merilock key is an added way to ensure data protection. This has been a valuable resource that we really could not live without. We have recommended CPOMS to several schools in our cluster and would urge every school to have CPOMS.Carrie Godwin
CPOMS is amazing! It has given me peace of mind in my role as Designated Person that staff are reporting promptly in order that appropriate actions can be taken to safeguard our students swiftly. I launched the software to staff following refresher child protection training and saw referrals increase by over 50%, I can only assume that this is because of its ease of use which enables staff to report from their desks without having to find the paper referral form, time to handwrite the referral and then the time to try and find a member of the safeguarding team. I have also been able to use the software to produce termly reports for Governors which clearly illustrates what is happening within the school and the effective measures we are taking in response to this. Ofsted inspectors were very impressed with this software too and commented on it during feedback! If you haven’t got it yet, you need it…..ask for a demonstration and you will never look back.Suzanne Fox
CPOMS has very quickly become an essential part of our safeguarding practice. We are able to record any concerns quickly, easily and in much more detail. The Designated Safeguarding Leads are able to gain a very clear picture of concerns reported and we can evidence how we have taken appropriate action. I would thoroughly recommend CPOMS to any school looking to ensure that their safeguarding practice is of the highest standard.Marcus Roe
CPOMS ensures instant information sharing amongst staff in a confidential and appropriate manner thereby enabling improving outcomes for all our children and their families. Key members of staff have access to an overview and can see any trends etc. so can plan ahead to proactively meet pupil needs ranging from Parent Concerns, Behaviour, Medical, Inclusion to Safeguarding. Minutes of meetings and sensitive information is stored securely and electronically without the need for inefficient paper trails. Transfer of records to other subscribing schools is instant and secure. Its simplicity means that it is quick to teach new staff and they are confident and able to use the system almost immediately; CPOMS has transformed the way we work in school and we wouldn’t be without it!Julie C. Tunks
“CPOMS is amazing. At a time when it is even more important than ever that we make sure our Safeguarding procedures are robust, and we ‘THINK DATA PROTECTION’, CPOMS is the solution.
I am an Executive Headteacher, fortunate to work across a number of schools. I have access to the schools on CPOMS so I can navigate between more than one school at a time, away from school. This is brilliant.
Staff add any incidents or updates throughout each day. I always know what the concerns are plus we have a detailed chronology of every child’s needs and concerns within a very secure system.
As Designated Safeguarding Lead this is helpful, reassuring and detailed.
I am able to produce reports for conferences and core groups as well as making sure that we miss nothing.
We use CPOMS to record SEND and Behaviour Information too. This gives us a very clear and full picture of a child and families needs. I have set up several new tabs specific to my schools and this has been easy to do. The system is a dream.
I have needed help from the Service Point recently and they have been extremely supportive and patient, making sure that all my questions are answered fully.
I cannot recommend CPOMS highly enough.”
Anthony Rae, Head Teacher
Seymour Park Community Primary School, Trafford
We started using CPOMS two years ago. We were swayed by how secure and ‘instant’ the system was for recording our safeguarding concerns. Our first response was how much time it has saved us… no more filing, no more going to find the right form to log disclosures on and being able to pick up a concern from anywhere with an internet connection. It has changed the way we work at Courthouse! We have since decided to use the system for behaviour and SEN recording too. Again – a wonderful help to all staff across the school. We would be lost without it now! I couldn’t recommend this system more – we all know how busy staff in schools are right now – CPOMS gives you time to get on with that work! The analysis the system can do also saves lots of work when it comes to writing reports for governors.
The system is really simple to use and should you ever have a query, Meritec staff are always on hand and sort things out very quickly. Invest in this system! I promise you it will feel revolutionary!Kate Halfpenny
The support provided by the Meritec team is outstanding. Nothing is too much trouble.Wayne Oldfield
We simply couldn’t do without CPOMS, it is the glue that pulls everything together.Saira Luffman
Brilliant, really don’t know what I would do without it, it forms a vital and significant recording system in our school – Julie Miles, SENCO – Lead safe-guarder
Fantastic system and fantastic CPOMS team (Meritec), we would be lost without this system which brings the school together and up-date on concerns and safe-guarding systems – Beth Jackson, Senior MentorSt Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School
CPOMS supports Phillimore in safeguarding children every day. Recording, reporting and storing every incident, concern, action or document. Flexible and adaptable with excellent support from Meritec. CPOMS continues to go from strength to strength with additional functionality added on an on-going basis. Simply put I cannot recommend CPOMS enough.Rebecca Sutton
CPOMS has massively enhanced our monitoring of safeguarding issues in school. All concerns, actions, meetings and conversations can be logged in one place so that the key holders can get all of the vital information about a child or a situation quickly and efficiently. In addition to this because you can upload important documents eg cp referrals, fcaf paperwork, again this ensures that all the information is easily accessed and kept up to date. The fact you can have a group of staff who act as key holders means that in the event of staff absence information is still easily available should someone need to take over a CP or safeguarding concern. In addition we now use CPOMs to track our behaviour incidents- we previously used a different online monitoring system but decided we would add in behaviour monitoring so that all the crucial information about a child is in one place. This allows us to identify potential issues more quickly if there are a number of pastoral concerns as well as behavioural issues and therefore the overall well being of pupils can be tracked much more effectively.Stephanie Welch
CPOMS is an essential part of our processes to support the safeguarding of children and their well-being across school.
All staff use CPOMS to instantly report information or concerns, share this immediately with appropriate colleagues, and produce detailed reports when necessary.
The system is easy to use. Different levels of access and categories of incidents can be easily adapted and extended as the school grows in its use of CPOMS.
There is peace of mind, knowing that all information can be instantly accessed, and a useful range of detailed reports are available for meetings, or to share quantitative data with Governors and others. By using CPOMS, the storage of confidential information is also no longer an issue for our school.
We are looking forward to all schools in our learning community using CPOMS, so that schools can exchange vital information electronically when children move between our schools.Angela Wild
We searched for a long time to find an effective and efficient system for recording incidents and actions for our vulnerable children. Nothing matched our requirements until we came across CPOMS. CPOMS provides us with a secure system that is accessible to staff at the levels we choose to allocate them. Informing staff of incidents is straightforward and the system is very well used across the school. The support offered by Meritec is fantastic, there is always a friendly voice at the end of the phone, emails are answered promptly and we have never been disappointed with a response.Sharon Faulkner
We introduced CPOMS this year and are very pleased with the programme. Keeping accurate records is a key aspect of safeguarding work and CPOMS makes this easy. All incidents can be recorded with their following actions and all documents attached, this allows us to monitor students closely and provides easy access when we have an issue or a query from another agency. I cannot recommend CPOMS enough and I am very grateful to the local school that showed us its potential.Debbie McShane
We must log all concerns, ensure that only appropriate users have access to the information, know that effective actions are taken and outcomes recorded. We want a user friendly, secure system that responds quickly, alerts us to connections or patterns and supports our CAF and child protection report writing. CPOMS does all this and more. We find it simple, effective, good value and secure.Adrian Stygall
CPOMS has repeatedly proved to be an invaluable asset to our school. It is so user friendly and if there is ever a query then the knowledgable Meritec staff are only a phone call away. CPOMS has revolutionised our recording of incidents, production of reports and the transfer of information.Caren Flicker
This really is the silver bullet for safeguarding. CPOMS is the the secure record keeping system you’ve been looking for and exactly what’s required to support young people at times of crisis. Looking back now I can’t understand how we ever coped without it. Our entire team are now using it to hold together all Child Protection information, but so much more alongside. The power of the system is in its simplicity, it’s easy to navigate and very fast to access. The support team at Meritec are excellent and once your safeguarding and pastoral teams are using it there really is no going back.Andy Calvert
The system was installed at Town Junior School last Spring on the recommendation of Plantsbrook School with whom we are part of a learning trust. As lead DSL in school I have found this to be an efficient , and effective way to record concerns about a pupil whilst ensuring confidentiality. The range of lozenge available e.g. verbal and aggressive incident, home issue, child protection enables a range of issues to be recorded according to type for pupils. The impact of this recording system can then and has for us on occasion provided an emerging and frequent patterns of behaviours or incidents for a child which we have then addressed from a safeguarding or pastoral perspective. The incident log page collates information in a useful chronological order which can then have actions added. This can then be printed off in a word document format and provides an overall information sheet relating to incidents with a pupil which we have used to inform external agency meetings. The system is also effective in producing data in a range of graph formats which we used to provide an effective and concise report to governors. CPOMS is extremely secure with only 3 members of staff on our school having access to the required ‘merilock’ key at present. You are also required to log in with your own password and after a period of non use the system will log you out. However, you are able to alert other staff to an incident should they need to be aware. We have been extremely satisfied with CPOMS to date and the benefits of recording e.g. safeguarding information electronically far outweighs paper files.Julie Gilmour
Thanks for a fabulous service by the way, CPOMS is the single best thing we have purchased for a very long time and has saved us hours of paperwork and provided brilliant chronologies for complicated cases. I tell everyone about it!Judith Harrison
Sudbourne Primary School has been using CPOMS for quite a few years now, and without exception, everyone here would recommend it wholeheartedly.
It is simple to use, but powerful in its impact.
Our ability to respond to children and their families’ needs has been enhanced because, quite simply, we all know what we need to know, when we need to know it. Information sharing is effective, unlike a paper and file option. Confidential information can be shared securely when necessary. When we need to share information with other schools/agencies, we have it at our fingertips. Simple analyses can also be made – we use CPOMS for our behaviour monitoring and reporting. With ‘document vaults’ and background information, including attendance data, for each child, you quite simply have ALL the (non academic) information you need all in one place.
It is the best software investment we have made in years. I am more than happy to talk to any schools who are thinking about investing in CPOMS, who want to know more!Sophia Henderson
Since the start of using this product CPOMS, we have found it to be an invaluable part of school life. It enables us to ensure complete safety of all our children whilst maintaining confidentiality. We feel it is a major benefit to be able to see the full picture of our children. It helps that all staff can input information into the system so that nothing is overlooked.
As the learning mentor in a junior school with up to 250 children from diverse backgrounds, I feel this has greatly helped my role. I enjoy using the system and find it easy to use and know I am jokingly called the CPOMS queen in school. I would highly recommend the use of this in all schools.Esme Moon
I just wanted to give you an update on how CPOMS is going for us. We really do not know how we coped without it. In fact we are so impressed that we have been spreading the word and have already had a few demos within our school for other schools in the area, who I believe have had CPOMS installed or are in the process of this. Hopefully all schools in Slough will sign up for this service and we continue to sing the praises of CPOMS wherever we go. The local Early Help team are so impressed and have referred other schools to us to gain an insight into the system and how we are finding it. I actually have another school coming to see me this week with a view to having CPOMS. So thank you for such a wonderful Child Protection tool.Laura McAlpine
I just wanted to say how impressed we are with CPOMS. After speaking to a colleague at a local school (Cheam High) we went with their recommendation and rolled the product out at our end. So far very impressed.James Walsh
“I was already convinced of the effectiveness of CPOMS having worked with it in a previous school. We introduced it into my new school fairly early on in my headship, as we were being swamped by paper and files.
Staff immediately saw the many benefits and, as we scanned in all the previous paperwork, everything is now available and accessible electronically. Our senior leadership team are alerted quickly as to any concerns, which means that any necessary action can be taken swiftly. Other schools in our cluster were convinced by the ease of recording and reporting any safeguarding concerns and, as I was new to the Local Authority, any contact from Children’s Services meant that I had all details to hand.
We are now using CPOMS to generate reports for first aid and other categories to inform governors.
At the end of the last academic year the school dealt with an long-running incident which came to a head. I can honestly say that CPOMS saved us time and effort in tackling the problem and gave us the evidence we needed to respond. All incidents were logged, dated, timed and were accurate accounts, which meant we didn’t need to recall what had happened months before.
In addition, it is accessible wherever I am. I would recommend CPOMS to anyone!”
Mrs C. J. Murray, Headteacher
Norman Street Primary School, Cumbria
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