Welcome to Pluto

An innovative online solution for next year's class placements.

A practical software tool for technology driven or time poor teachers and principals who struggle with the chore of creating classes for the next school year.

Pluto reduces the end of year workload and makes class placement a straightforward, stress-free task.

Pluto considers the needs of each student, as well as the teachers’ perspectives to deliver classes tailored to your school.

Smart student placement

Academic Needs

  • A good range of ability in all classes
  • Group students based on their reading levels and numeracy stages
  • Special needs students can be assigned to specific teachers
  • Handpick students for a smaller class e.g. learning support, or gifted and talented

Behavioural Needs

  • Negative combinations of students can be separated
  • Handpick students to match specific teachers
  • A fair balance of behaviour based on teachers' input
  • Equal class sizes
  • Suitable students for a beginning teacher

Social Needs

  • Recommended friendships or learning buddies can be placed together
  • Students that must be together will be (such as twins or students with high needs)
  • An even split of boys and girls
  • ESOL students can be placed together

Jill Dyet

“We have had such positive comments from teachers this year about the make up of their classes. Everyone without exception has been very happy, and we are really looking forward to using the programme again this year.”

Jill Dyet
Deputy Principal, Marina View School

Peter Marshall

“Why hasn’t this always existed?! What an efficient way to sort the kids for their next year’s classes. It covered everything we wanted it to and required very little effort on our part.”

Peter Marshall
Principal, Greenhithe School

Chris Steffensen

“I found Pluto an outstanding and easy to use product. It is such a smart and simple system that eliminates any frustration about grouping children. Whether schools make up their classes through academic results, culturally, gender or year group, Pluto was able to quickly filter these groups with an even spread across the classes. We often get parent requests for class placements or for students to be kept with or away from other children. Pluto quickly filtered these students across the classes but maintained the even spread of academic abilities I had wanted.”

Chris Steffensen
Deputy Principal, St Joseph’s Upper Hutt

Gavin Beere

“I wholeheartedly endorse this product. The process now takes a fraction of the time to complete. Pluto’s greatest strength is in reducing unintended errors and inconsistencies. This reduces stress on teachers and students as they set for the new school year”

Gavin Beere
Principal, Hillpark School

Nicola Neethling

“Pluto provided us with a comprehensive platform to easily create class lists. It gave reliable student information, was user-friendly and allowed us to group our students ensuring that we had an even spread of behaviour, gender and special educational needs. Pluto allowed us to create class lists with more accuracy and ease. I would definitely recommend this platform to other schools.”

Nicola Neethling
Deputy Principal, Silverdale School

Andrew Herrick

“Thank you for providing an easy solution to a demanding and time consuming job at the end of the school year. Pluto makes the selection of classes easy for all members of the school. Queries around placement are a breeze and make the justification of placement simple.”

Andrew Herrick
Deputy Principal, Wellesley College

Robyn Harding

“I cannot speak highly enough of this site and service. Our teachers found their part quick to complete – it was all online and easily accessible from any computer. I was able to sort the students into classes using a range of criteria. The system allowed many options and composite classes were easily catered for as well. At Dawson, we highly recommend Pluto and we will certainly be using the service again.”

Robyn Harding
Deputy Principal, Dawson School

Heather Walker

“This program has made all the difference to our stress levels at the end of the year. In the past, we spent hours with sticky notes trying to make equal classes with a mix of behaviour, ability and gender. Now the teachers fill in their cards, the Senco puts in any special needs and we press the button. Thank you so much Pluto!!”

Heather Walker
Deputy Principal, Greenhithe School

Raewyn Nicholson

“Just thinking of the hours that we spent last year manually sorting this! Being able to see at a glance on the solutions all that info of differing groups. Amazing. Thanks guys.”

Raewyn Nicholson
Administrator, Blockhouse Bay Primary

Rochelle Foster

“This is the most fair and equal allocation of children to classes I have seen. It takes so many elements into account to ensure the best placement for both children and teachers.”

Rochelle Foster
Deputy Principal, Pinehill School

Philomena O’Connell-Cooper

“After not being too sure whether Pluto would help or hinder us, our experience using it for the first time this year has been seamless. A very useful tool.”

Philomena O’Connell-Cooper
Principal, St Joseph’s Catholic School

Deborah Malcolm

“Using Pluto was easy from setting up the teachers, to teachers filling in the student cards and then generating possible solutions. Once a solution had been created it was very easy to see key information such as positive combinations of students, students who are best in separate classes, etc.”

Deborah Malcolm
Deputy Principal, Chapel Downs Primary School

Genee Crowley

“Pluto is a great initiative that makes the setting up of new classes a simple and effective process.”

Genee Crowley
Associate Principal, Baverstock Oaks School

Susan Delaney

“Great to view and see the positive and negative relationships. This allows for easier viewing when considering moving children.”

Susan Delaney
Deputy Principal, Red Beach School

Stephen Grady

“Pluto takes the time and stress out of a difficult job. The time leaders and teachers put into class placements before Pluto can now be distributed elsewhere at this crazy time of year! The solutions that were generated were very successful, as Pluto takes into account so many factors, leading to balanced classes and less stressed out teachers and leaders!”

Stephen Grady
Deputy Principal, Greenhithe School

Mandy Saunders

“Pluto helped us get a good balance of academic mix within our classes.”

Mandy Saunders
Dean, James Hargest College

Pam Crichton

“Pluto has saved me hours of work. It took teachers only 15-20 minutes to complete students’ cards. It will be an asset and time-saver for whoever does the classes for the next year. Thank you.”

Pam Crichton
Deputy Principal, Chapel Downs Primary School

Jeannette Craig

“Everything running really well. Staff LOVE it.”

Jeannette Craig
Principal, Upper Harbour Primary School

Barb Dysart

“Customer support was great :)”

Barb Dysart
Principal, Summerland Primary School

Christine Pasfield

“We have absolutely loved using Pluto. It was so easy.”

Christine Pasfield
Deputy Principal, Hobsonville Primary School

Watch Pluto in action

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Faster

Classes are produced quickly and efficiently, with the click of a button.

Smarter

All variables entered by teachers are considered simultaneously resulting in optimal student placements.

Easier

A stress-free, paperless solution to creating your next year's classes.