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Caterers Case Studies
Helping school caterers with dinner money management
ParentPay help caterers with dinner money collection and school meal administration. Online payments make dinner money management easier and you can reduce time spent managing the school meal service.
Find out how other caterers have improved efficiency, reduced costs and increased school meal uptake.
ParentPay Case Studies
Most schools in the London Borough of Croydon have their meals provided through a contract organised by the council. In order to enhance the sustainability of the meals service and help improve children’s health, the council embarked on a ground-breaking project to remove all dinner money from its schools and record the meal choices made by its pupils.
The project has increased the uptake of both paid and free school meals, reduced the time spent on dinner money administration by up to 80% and increased the safety of Croydon’s school children. Croydon Council won recognition with the prestigious e-Government National Award for Local e-Government excellence: Take-up & usage growth, in January 2009.
In January 2009, Gloucestershire County Council awarded a new catering contract to Edwards and Ward for 160 primary schools across the County. As well as taking a fresh approach to the food served, the Council implemented a new system for the collection and administration of income and school meals.
The new system was successfully implemented across the County’s schools in just six weeks, with £75,000 paid online before the first meal was served, and over 65% of dinner money collected online in the first two months.
The system has dramatically reduced the burden on school administrators and enabled the new caterers and the Council to reconcile income and track an increased uptake in school meals.
An income collection revolution is under way. UK schools are now taking significant steps towards becoming ‘fully cashless’ - removing the need for parents to send cash / cheques to school to pay for school dinners, clubs, trips, fees and more.
Over 25% of UK schools are now taking significant steps towards becomming cashless by collecting payments online form parents. Find out why two London schools chose to join them and the lessons they learned on their journey to achieving a cashless vision.
In recent years, online payment systems havemade chequebooks pretty much obsolete. But despite the proliferation of clever technology to ease payment headaches, many schools are still resisting the cashless revolution. Jess Pike of Independent Executive magazine speaks to those in the know about the benefits of going cashless...
Annette House, School Business Manager at Edinburgh Primary, East London, outlined why the school decided to go cashless by collecting online payments: “Within a short period of time we went from a small school to trebling in size. One person counting and reconciling dinner money was never going to be manageable. Management of parental debt was becoming a concern... we just did not have the time to chase up parents payments and we needed to tackle the issue quickly.”
Education Business magazine feature giving advice to schools on how to successfully go cashless
With 9 out of 10 parents already stating a preference to pay schools online from school meals, trips, clubs and other services (10,000 parents LACA survey Dec 2014) how are schools planning to respond to parent demand and are they prepared to pursue a cashless vision?
We asked school finance teams and SLT about their future plans to meet parent expectation. Over 1,150 school finance and SLT staff responded.
Education Business Magazine Feature outlining school income collection survey results including the level of appetite in schools to remove cash from by collecting online or through PayPoint. The article also includes the latest advice and best practice on how schools are achieving cashless visions.
Why, in today’s technology driven society, have all schools not gone completely cashless? CarolineWright, Director of the British Educational Suppliers Association, examines the situation.
The number of schools making the cashless leap is spiralling. Anthea Butler from Claremont Fan Court School in Surrey, speaks to Jess Pike from Independent Executive magazine about harnessing the power of cashless technology and the advantages it offers both staff and parents
Weston All Saints School (Bath) dramatically reduces parental debt by taking payments online for school meals, trips and other items
What’s The Deal With Going Cashless?
Back in 2004, the cashless revolution was justst irring in schools when Croydon Council became one of the first local authorities to adopt a fully cashless system.Since then, thousands of schools have joined the growing trend,seeing an increased uptake in school meals and vastly reduced admin burden as a result. In fact, in some schools using a cashless payment system, a saving of up to £15,000 per annum in administration time and cost has been calculated.
Why did Oldfield School want to go cashless?By introducing ParentPay to Oldfield School, parents were given more ways to pay than previously available to them, ensuring the money given to their child actually reached the school safely.Helen Flint, Financial Administrator at Oldfield explains:
‘We wanted to give parents more options to pay & reduce the risk to students carrying large sums of money with them on public transport. It also eliminates the returned cheques from the bank due to lack of funds etc’.How and why did Oldfield