Despite schools having to close their doors to many students in 2020 and pivot to online learning, Yorkshire-based CPOMS is celebrating after a period of significant growth
Not only did 2020 mark a ninth year of consistent year-on-year growth for CPOMS, but the business was also recognised for a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise which celebrates those businesses that have excelled in innovation and created a disruptive innovation.
Since its inception in 2011 CPOMS has been instrumental in helping schools move from paper-based safeguarding systems to its seamless online offering which ensures no child falls through the gaps.
The business has also seen its team grow by 40 per cent in the past eighteen months, with no staff members being compulsory furloughed during the pandemic. Key hires have taken place in all departments of the business.
In 2020, CPOMS saw more than 800 schools sign up for a free version of its software which was made available to help schools without a safeguarding system during the first lockdown. Seeing the power of what the system can do, a large number of those schools have now embedded it as part of their ongoing safeguarding practice
The safeguarding software provider, which already works with 13,500 schools across the world, helps staff across primary and secondary schools log concerns relating to the wellbeing of a pupil, including pastoral, safeguarding or child protection matters.
As well as its flagship product, CPOMS has seen impressive uptake of its second offering CPOMS StaffSafe. The software which gives schools a system to upload, record and govern all information relating to any adults that work with their school, from performance management, to welfare concerns and general comments has been adopted by more than 500 schools since launching in January 2020.
John Wild, managing director at CPOMS, said: “Our aim has always been to improve safeguarding practices for schools so to see so many schools acknowledging the value of our software during what has been such a difficult year is wonderful.
“The number of schools that took part in the Covid offer, and consequently signed up to CPOMS on an ongoing basis really demonstrates the difference our software can make to the lives of students and staff. With schools now having to adapt to remote learning for a second time in the past 12 months it’s essential that school staff can easily communicate and understand pupil’s safeguarding needs.”
To date CPOMS is used by more than 13,500 schools in 28 countries globally.