IRIS Reach(formerly PS Connect) has won a Teach Secondary 2020 award!

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By Toby Lester | 5th October 2020 | 2 min read

We’re delighted to announce that our parental engagement product IRIS Reach (formerly PS Connect) has won a Teach Secondary 2020 award in the School Business category!

We achieved first place and were awarded 5 stars by an expert panel of judges, including Independent Education Consultant and Author David Didau, Teacher Development Programmes Manager Sarah Harrison and Director of BMAT Teaching School Donna Walsh.

IRIS Reach is a highly effective parent communication platform that can send messages directly to parents’ smartphones. Parents can also fill in forms, book parents’ evening slots and make school payments directly to the school using the free parent app.

Over the past year, our team has been hard at work to release new and highly requested features to the IRIS Reach platform, and we’re proud to see this hard work recognised. For example, we recently added Absence Call functionality, which can automatically call parents to request a reason for absence.

We spoke to Jim Charvill, Head of Engineering at IRIS, about what the award means to him and his team:

“During the recent pandemic, our teams have been work incredibly responsively to ensure our IRIS Reach solution can exceed customer needs. Taking regular customer feedback and incorporating this into our products at lightning pace is what we aim to achieve – we put our customers at the heart of what we do.”

Mand Beckett, Associate Product Owner also had high praise for the IRIS development teams:

“In the last few months, we've created a new module to help schools send exam results to students, added Absence Call to help with persistent absence and added additional features to our MyEd app to help bridge the gap when students aren't in school. We're not stopping there, either; we've got some very exciting improvements in the works!”

IRIS Reach is designed to work alongside IRIS Financials and other products in the IRIS Education suite. If you want to see what an award-winning parental engagement product could do for your school, visit our website today to find out more.