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CASPA 2021 is released

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The update for CASPA 2021 is now available.  This applies to Main, Classroom and Guest installations of the CASPA School Module.  CASPA LA Modules can also be updated to the latest build to take advantage of new features.

What’s in CASPA 2021?

Updating a School Module to CASPA 2021 will:

  • Enable all features for the 2020/2021 academic year
  • Roll pupil data forward to the new academic year as soon as pupil data is refreshed
  • Carry forward all summer 2020 results and 2021 targets from CASPA 2020 into the new academic year fields
  • Enable CASPA to support target setting this term by using summer 2020 results and CASPA’s benchmarking as your starting point

And for those of you who may have missed updates during the life of CASPA 2020, after updating to CASPA 2021, please go to Help | Contents and select ‘What’s new for 2021’ for full details of key enhancements since the earliest release of CASPA 2020.

When should you update to CASPA 2020?

Normally, we’d say “Do it now; don’t delay!” as you will want the new features, but it would be sensible to check one thing first… Have you added your summer 2019 results to CASPA 2020?

We would strongly recommend that you add these results before you update to CASPA 2021.  During the roll forward, CASPA will copy forward summer 2020 results to the new academic year tab as the starting point for this year.  This is a one-off process so if you record the summer 2020 results first, and then update to CASPA 2021, up-to-date results will be copied forward.  Whilst you’re at it, CASPA will also copy forward 2020 targets, so if you wondered where they came from in the new year’s tab, CASPA helpfully avoided the need for you to re-enter them.

If the answer is “Yes”, you’re in a great place to update immediately.

How do you update from CASPA 2020?

Firstly, make sure you have network and firewall privileges to download and install updates; if not, get your ICT technician to do it.  Use CASPA’s ‘Check for updates’ if prompted, or go to System | Check for updates if not, and follow on screen guidance.  For a short summary of what you will need to do to update CASPA, click here.

How do you update if you’re still using an older CASPA version?

Depending on how old your installation is, you may have options about how, or if, you update.  We have provided an article with a simple flowchart to take you to guidance specific to your existing installation.  Click here for this article.

Will my LA Module update to CASPA 2021?

LA modules do not update in the same way as School Modules.  Please click here for guidance.

New installations

If you need to install CASPA for the first time, are adding ‘Classroom’ or ‘Guest’ installations, or need to install the CASPA 2021 LA Module the CASPA 2021 installer has also been released. Please contact us if you need to create a new CASPA installation.