In August, the Council selected Synergy, Servelec’s modular-based suite of solutions, for its education and child services. Synergy gives local authorities a holistic overview of all its interactions with children, young people and families. It also reduces the administrative burden and removes duplication of data entry, giving local authorities more time to focus on improving outcomes as well as helping to make significant financial savings.
Cornwall Council began implementing the full suite of Synergy modules in early August, and on 1st September, went live with the School Admissions Management module.
Synergy’s Admissions solution manages the admissions, transfers and appeals processes across all schools and key stages from nursery to secondary, along with transfers and in-year admissions. It enables parents to apply for school places online, removing the need for local authorities and schools to enter data manually. Synergy records details of school capacities, applications for places, decisions and automatic allocations based on specified criteria against admissions policies.
An existing Servelec customer, Cornwall Council already uses Mosaic, Servelec’s digital social care case management system, and Core+, Servelec’s fully web-based, single database solution for Integrated Youth Support.
Synergy will integrate with these existing systems to provide the insight needed to make key decisions and secure better outcomes for young people and families in Cornwall.
Tina Flowers, Service Manager, Statutory Performance & Integrated Systems, Children and Family Services at Cornwall Council, said: “The timescale associated with this go-live was very short, but with the support provided by the Servelec team, this was achieved very successfully.
“The project is a really good example of what can be achieved when a system provider and local authority work so effectively together.
“We have other projects that are due to progress in the near future, and we look forward to continuing this positive and pro-active working relationship in order to achieve great things for Cornwall.”
David McKinney, Managing Director of Local Government at Servelec, commented: “I would like to congratulate the education team at Cornwall Council. It’s an enormous achievement to go live with Synergy in just four weeks.
“Synergy makes information sharing simple; across systems, providers, departments and with other authorities. Cornwall Council now has a complete overview of all its interactions with children, young people and families, which provides the insight needed to create more positive outcomes. We’re looking forward to working with the Council to roll out the full suite of Synergy modules over the coming months.”
The full Synergy suite is expected to be implemented by the end of March 2021.