Any good software to produce parent reports?
I was wondering if anyone knows of a software able to produce parent reports.
What we are looking for is the following:
- It doesn't need to integrate with the MIS, if the input is a spreadsheet with the data, this is good enough
- It is super-easy to use, ideally drag and drop
- Ideally it would produce the output as a PDF with all the reports for the year group
- You should be able to add pictures such as the school logo and charts.
We used to do an Excel "mail-merge", this is, I would have all the data in one tab, the report on another one pulling the details from the first row, and then with a macro it would print the report tab to a PDF printer, and move the next row up to the first row on the data tab. With Excel we had conditional formatting, fit to cell, and fit to page features that are very important when doing parent reports.
It used to work fine, but when it comes down to modify it, some of our users who have limited Excel experience were unable to do the amendments that they wanted. See the attached sample.
The reason why we have been doing this way is because we found that the reports that you can produce with the MIS (CMIS and SIMS in our case) are ... not up to our standard.
I have been looking for a parent report package, but I cannot find anything online.
Thanks in advance for your replies.