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PRESS RELEASE: Smart schools are going paperless because students win when parents and schools engage effectively

16 May 2017

Leading Australian education technology company ParentPaperwork is excited to be exhibiting at CommunicAsia 2017, the 28th International Communications and Information Technology Exhibition Conference in Singapore 23 to 25 May.

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PRESS RELEASE: School administration platform ParentPaperwork offers 3 months free to all Victorian state schools in bid to help reduce teacher workload

17 February 2017

St Kilda-based education technology startup ParentPaperwork has been struck by the strength of sentiment over the key issue of the overwhelming workload on Victorian state school teachers and principals that has led to the threat of industrial action.

The company has decided to take action and offer its world-leading technology platform for free to every state school in Victoria until the end of Term 2.

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PRESS RELEASE: The game-changing solution that saves schools tens of thousands of dollars

19 January 2017

Every parent, teacher and school administrator knows the pain of paper forms. Permission slips, lunch orders, surveys, consents, detention notices - K-12 schools, kinders and ELC’s use paper forms for hundreds of activities and tasks every year - the average school sends 30 or more paper forms home for each student in a year.

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The Straits Times: S'pore landing pad to help Aussie tech start-ups expand

11 June 2016

Start-ups from Australia keen on spreading their wings in the region will soon have a home in Singapore.

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The Idea Monger: Australia’s education system is begging for some D

20 April 2016

Melbourne based startup ParentPaperwork is tackling the sticky world of edtech. It’s mission is to replace all the paper forms that fly between teachers and parents – literally billions of pieces of paper a year – and make it a breeze for parents to give permission by tapping their mobiles or clicking an email. Forms don’t get lost, data is safe and secure, it saves huge hours for teacher workloads and countless trees.

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PRESS RELEASE: ParentPaperwork announces new partnership with leading UK education technology company Groupcall Limited

15 November 2015

Melbourne-based start-up ParentPaperwork’s online forms platform will soon be available to more than 5,000 schools in the United Kingdom via a partnership with leading UK education technology company Groupcall Limited.

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Innovate My School: Schools worldwide go paperless to save time and money

30 October 2015

From sex education to trips to the local zoo, schools get through a lot of forms. To make this as easy and cost-effective as possible, ParentPaperwork have been helping schools in the UK and abroad with their streamlined online system.

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Tech 23: ParentPaperwork announced as one of the 23 innovative Australian tech companies

28 October 2015

ParentPaperwork has just been announced as one of the 23 innovative Australian tech companies who’re presenting at the 2015 Tech23 event in Sydney on November 17.

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ParentPaperwork announces the launch of new School Forms module

20 August 2015

ParentPaperwork is pleased to announce the launch of a new School Forms module, expanding the ParentPaperwork platform to a wide range of online forms scenarios in schools.

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ParentPaperwork named in Top 40 EduTech Startups in Asia-Pacific

22 May 2015

Starup Daily has named us on their list of Top 40 EduTech Startups in Asia-Pacific, along with companies such as Literatu.

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PRESS RELEASE: Education technology startup ParentPaperwork announces Indian distribution deal

18 February 2015

Education technology startup ParentPaperwork today has announced it has signed an exclusive distribution deal for India with smartData Enterprises (India) Limited.

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PRESS RELEASE: UK schools have a unique opportunity with the Government’s Workload Challenge

12 January 2015

The founder of education technology business ParentPaperwork says UK schools have a unique opportunity with the forthcoming release of the Government’s ‘Workload Challenge’ report and action plan.

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Parent Paperwork Startup Automates Permission Slips

24 December 2014

Parent Paperwork, the Australian education technology startup that facilitates the automation of school paper forms, disclosed that it had received seed funding.

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PRESS RELEASE: Education Technology Startup ParentPaperwork Announces Funding Round

18 December 2014

Australian education technology startup ParentPaperwork has announced today that it has closed a successful seed round of funding.

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ETS Magazine: ParentPaperwork – Helping Schools Save Billions Of Pieces Of Paper

4 November 2014

Most schools still rely on a paper-based form to capture parent permissions for activities like excursions and sports activities. Yet for busy parents, especially those with more than one child, this leads to literally dozens of pieces of paper that must be signed and returned to school every year.

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LifeHacker: Elevator Pitch: ParentPaperwork

4 November 2014

Elevator Pitch is a regular feature on Lifehacker where we profile startups and new companies and pick their brains for entrepreneurial advice. This week, we’re talking with cofounder David Eedle from ParentPaperwork.

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Anthill Magazine: Quick, Easy and Super Green: Aussie Startup Pioneers Electronic School Forms

23 October 2014

If you’ve got kids in school, you know how many irritating little pieces of paper there are to fill out, on an almost daily basis (not to mention all the important notices that go missing all the time). Well, Melbourne-based tech startup ParentPaperwork are changing all of that, and being nice to trees into the bargain.

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StartUp Smart: Startup gets ready to bin paper-based permission slips for schools

20 October 2014

Every parent of school-aged children is familiar with the dreaded permission slip.

Melbourne-based startup ParentPaperwork wants to remove those paper-based permission forms from education altogether.

It has developed a platform that allows schools to create an unlimited number of customisable forms and uses a combination of email and secure webpages to capture parents’ responses.

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StartUp Daily: Startup ParentPaperwork reveals its plans beyond education and Australia

14 October 2014

Although the technology landscape is changing at an accelerating pace, with new hardware devices and software programmes entering the market faster than we’re able to comprehend their purpose, it seems that the simplest things are being left behind. For instance, given we’re diverging rapidly into a digital world, you’d think that paper-based forms in schools would be history. As it turns out, many Australian schools are still relying on them, and it’s proving to be a labour-intensive, unreliable, and inefficient process for teachers, parents and students alike.

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PRESS RELEASE: Technology Startup Helping Schools Save Billions Of Pieces Of Paper

14 October 2014

An Australian startup is on a journey to help schools save billions of pieces of paper globally by moving their existing paper-based forms to an online system.


PRESS RELEASE: ParentPaperwork announces two factor authentication for school permission slips

7 July 2014

Australian education technology business ParentPaperwork is today announcing the launch of two factor authentication for school permission slips.

Many Australian schools still rely on a paper-based form to capture parent permissions for activities like excursions and sports activities. Yet for busy parents, especially those with more than one child, this leads to literally dozens of pieces of paper that must be signed and returned to school every year.

ParentPaperwork CEO Fiona Boyd says schools are concerned about legal liability:

“Quite understandably schools worry about the liability issues when students engage in activities off campus, and want to be confident they have secured the parents’ permission, so they have tended to be cautious about exploring alternatives to using paper forms.

This is why today we are announcing the availability of two factor authentication as part of our ParentPaperwork system, to give schools a greater degree of confidence that the person electronically completing forms via ParentPaperwork is indeed the designated parent.”

ParentPaperwork automates paper forms exchanged between schools and parents, using a combination of email and secure web pages, completely replacing the physical paper. The new two factor authentication feature requires parents to create a password in order to complete and return an online form to their child’s school. Creation of the password is based on a four digit code sent to their mobile phone, meaning the parent must have access, at the same time, to both their email and their phone.

Fiona Boyd says the introduction of this new authentication system significantly raises the bar:

“The world is increasingly moving away from signatures, from the first of August this year the only way to use a credit card in Australia will be with a PIN, signatures will no longer be used. We think it’s time schools, and parents, have access to the same type of technology, to remove the barriers to enabling online forms, and saving tens of millions of pieces of paper a year across Australian schools.”

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More information:
Fiona Boyd     fiona@parentpaperwork.com              +61 418 576409


StartUp Daily: Melbourne startup takes the paperwork out of school excursions

16 June 2014

Remember, back in school, when you’d lose or forget about those parental permission forms until excursion day, and you’d just forge your mum’s signature on a new one, so you can still go to the zoo? Although we’ve diverged quite rapidly into the digital world, many Australian schools are stuck in an age-old bind and relying on paper-based forms – a labour-intensive, unreliable, and inefficient process for teachers, parents and students alike.

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PRESS RELEASE: Melbourne business helping teachers get back to teaching

12 June 2014

A new Melbourne business is helping schools save time and money so teachers can get back to teaching.

Each year around the world tens of millions of people sign hundreds of millions of paper forms on behalf of their children or relatives. It’s a labour intensive, unreliable and inefficient process.

ParentPaperwork is a new online platform to automate paper forms in education, dramatically reducing cost and improving liability management.  The system manages excursion forms, permission slips and many other forms parents need to complete for their children and send back to school.

Fiona Boyd and David Eedle founded ParentPaperwork after counting the dozens of forms they had signed for their three children over the course of a few months. They started consulting a number of schools in their local area last year and uncovered just how much teacher time and school resources are needed to manage the many paper forms sent out by schools each year.

ParentPaperwork has only been available for a few weeks, but Fiona Boyd, the company’s CEO says the response has been strong:

“The feedback from schools is overwhelmingly positive. We are now live in two schools and have another two dozen more who we have demoed to or are negotiating with. We’ve even had enquiries from New Zealand.”

“Principals and teachers know just how much work is needed to look after all their paper forms, every hour we save them is another hour teachers can spend in the classroom.”

Fiona and David have a long track record in online ventures, they founded the online jobs and news company Artshub.com.au in 2000, selling the business in 2006.  Schools can find out more at www.ParentPaperwork.com.

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More information:
Fiona Boyd     fiona@parentpaperwork.com              +61 418 576409


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