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    Online Payments

    Does anyone have any experience of school online payment systems? We're trying to choose between Tucasi and Agora.

    If anyone has any pros or cons for either I'd be grateful.

    Thank you.

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    Never used either what you have mentioned, but had no issues here using sQuid | eMoney, smart cards, cashless, payments, cashless catering if your wanting more to investigate.

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    We use Tucasi. Is there anything in particular you'd like to know?

    The big difference is that Tucasi is mainly software based, data is downloaded to a database in school, whereas Agora is entirely web based.

    Edit: I did hear whispers that Tucasi is going web based too though.
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    @Sylv3r depends on if squid is in your area though seems to be mainly oop north.

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    Parent Pay?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    We use Tucasi. Is there anything in particular you'd like to know?

    The big difference is that Tucasi is mainly software based, data is downloaded to a database in school, whereas Agora is entirely web based.

    Edit: I did hear whispers that Tucasi is going web based too though.
    I hope so!

    We use Tucasi and their syncing client has been a nightmare for years. Its effectively a local access database but does do the job.

    I would go with a web based system like parent pay if I had the choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    @Sylv3r depends on if squid is in your area though seems to be mainly oop north.

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    Possibly, although I noticed them at BETT so I would have thought they would deal with the UK.

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    We've just started with Tucasi. Had School Cash Office for some time but just started with online payments. Works well. Had no trouble with it so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    Possibly, although I noticed them at BETT so I would have thought they would deal with the UK.
    They might actually do it for school payments tbh I tried to get one for myself for curiosity purposes but got told that no retailers are in my area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    I hope so!

    We use Tucasi and their syncing client has been a nightmare for years. Its effectively a local access database but does do the job.

    I would go with a web based system like parent pay if I had the choice.
    They are moving towards SQL. Never had problems with the sync to be honest.

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    Decide what you need it to do. For example do you need it to link into your MIS? Attendance module? Existing Dinner Money module? We have just gone through the process and our GB have chosen ParentPay, because the local Secondary school use it and it is felt that this will be more convenient for parents with children in both schools. I would have preferred SIMS own Agora or Schoolcomms, which we already use for communications, because they both have better links to existing SIMS modules.

    Personally I think we have taken a backward step. If we ever manage to get registration into the classroom the staff will have to access SIMS to do their attendance registers and then log in to ParentPay to do the dinner register....

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    Cambridgeshire Catering Services (LA Business unit) have sponsored a roll out of cashless catering to schools buying their services. They chose Parentpay for us, but I have to say it has been painless in school and having always resisted ParentMail type solutions for emails to parents on the basis of cost, we get that thrown in too.

    Squid was one of the three finalists in the tender process, so they must come at least this far South! I saw them at BETT too and personally I was quite impressed with them.

    Having spoken to the teachers, I think they would appreciate a system which was better integrated with the electronic register, but our infant age kids fill out the dinner register on the IWB, so it's not a massive issue.

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    Hi jmak, that's good to know. It'll be great to be able to at least get the dinner registers completed in class! Do you know what the take up has been like on the online payments among your Primary age pupils?

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    We've found take up very high. Some schools have mandated e-payment as a safeguarding/H&S issue.

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