One of the UK’s leading education software providers has launched a new tool to help schools manage staff working remotely and provide a duty of care to staff during school closures.

The Access Group will make its Teamseer absence management software, which can be used to track staff who are self-isolating and assess what further support is required, available to schools to assist in the national response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The cloud-based product, which can be accessed through Access Workspace for Education will provide easy collaboration between colleagues working remotely and can be used at school or multi-academy trust (MAT) level to provide a GDPR-compliant method of managing absence levels and determining which staff are affected by COVID-19.

On the Workspace platform schools will also be able to implement free noticeboards, which provide streamlined, essential messages from public bodies such as the Department for Education, the NHS and Public Health England to keep staff up to date with latest developments from trustworthy sources, as well as sharing remote working tips and best-practice.

Explaining the decision to launch these products, Paul Grubb, head of product at Access Education, said:

“We are aware of the challenges all schools are facing during the national response to COVID-19 as they remain open to support children of key workers or vulnerable families. As well as offering advice to schools to manage their payroll, finance and HR policies during these challenging times, we wanted to offer some useful tools that will help to keep the important background tasks working effectively so schools can focus on continuing to deliver learning.”

“Schools do not typically have significant experience managing a large team working from home, but it is important that they can continue to perform their duty of care and monitor the whereabouts and wellbeing of staff.

“Access has worked hard to keep costs down for schools wanting this new product and implementation timescales mean that it can be up-and-running quickly.”

For more information about the Access Group’s solutions to help respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit: