Australian schools have long been searching for a central platform to help parents manage their children’s school activities, so Westpac and MyXplor have launched a tailor-made solution called Xplor for Schools to give valuable time back to staff and parents.
As a complete mobile app experience, Xplor for Schools puts school payments at parents’ fingertips, meaning fewer phone calls to the school and less time spent on paperwork. For schools offering the service, it centralises and simplifies financial operations, cash flow and reconciliation, reducing administration needs and giving staff more time to focus on supporting their students.
Westpac’s National Head of Education, Sharon Watkins, said Westpac is delighted to work with MyXplor to offer schools a new comprehensive payment platform: “We’re thrilled to launch Xplor for Schools because through research and speaking with our education customers, we found this great opportunity to create a common platform for schools that reduces their paperwork and administration.
“Technology and innovation are driving the advancement of education worldwide and through solutions like Xplor for Schools and Mathspace, Australia is at the forefront of this change. To support our customers, we are continuing to form strategic partnerships and invest in schools and education, to strengthen the sector and support future generations”.
Mark Woodland, CEO of Australian-based edtech MyXplor, said this is a fine example of how established businesses can partner with start-ups to drive Australian innovation: “Westpac’s strength in payments technology, combined with our agility and cutting-edge approach has created this genuine time-saving payments solution that can be customised for schools of all sizes. There is great scope to further expand the capability of Xplor for Schools and we are proud to create a solution that has the potential to benefit thousands of schools and parents across Australia.”
Key features of Xplor for Schools
|For Schools||For Parents/Carers|
|Cloud-based, scalable, and customised payment platform that integrates with existing school management systems. No additional hardware required.||Mobile app experience for school payments with push notifications for parents/carers. Login with a secure pin anytime, anywhere.|
|Paperless: Accept card payments in-app and online. Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant. Auto reconciliation and record keeping, simpler day to day operations, freeing up staff for other tasks.||Make secure payments to the school in-app, set up recurring payments and invoicing, make school donations, communicate with the school. Payments supported include: Debit card, Mastercard, Visa, American Express and direct debit.|
|Set up recurring invoicing, manage donations, automatically generate digital receipts, detailed reporting, communicate and send push notifications to parents/carers.||Manage cash flow: review transaction history and your scheduled payment plans. Receive digital receipts. Store bank account and card details securely for future payments.|