Communication systems: counter-productive to parental engagement?
One system for managing parents’ evenings, another for collecting online payments and another for sending messages. Is this approach counter-productive to improving parental engagement?
Popular payment provider PayPal – the choice for busy parents!
Over the last few years, the way we pay for things has changed dramatically, from cash and cheques, to debit and credit card and most recently to cashless, mobile and contactless payments.
Celebrating 15 years of ParentMail!
We can’t believe it’s been 15 years since ParentMail was born, and what a journey it’s been!
100% response rate to forms from parents within 48 hours
“Now we’re reaching parents on their smartphones and they’re more engaged than ever before.”
Celebrating 750,000 downloads of the ParentMail App!
More schools are saving money and more parents are getting instant information than ever before!
Parental Engagement the focus for Thames View Infants
“We recognise how much technology is helping schools and we wanted to use the best system on the market to help us – which is why we chose ParentMail.”
Top Tips: How to engage your parents
Research has shown that when parents get involved with what their children are doing in school, academic results improve as well as student attendance…
Engaged parents help boost exam results
Many forward-thinking schools who see the benefits of a mobile-first solution, are now reaching parents through free in-App notifications…
Instant responses to your support needs
In today’s busy world, people want instant responses and one thing they don’t want is to be hanging on a phone waiting for the next support person to become available or for a response to an email.
Behind the scenes at ParentMail: App Developers – Part 2
As we celebrate over half a million downloads of the ParentMail App, we met with our App developers to find out why it’s been so successful! (Part 2!)
Behind the scenes at ParentMail: App developers (Part 1)
As we celebrate over half a million downloads of the ParentMail App, we met with our App developers to find out why they think it’s been so successful!
Framlingham Primary School surveys parents about ParentMail!
What did parents think of receiving communications online? The results were very interesting!
Parents’ Evening Manager the solution for St Anne’s CE Primary School
After two years struggling, St Anne’s CE Primary decided to try Parents Evening Manager – and it’s been a revelation!
Completely paperless parental engagement
From paper communications to email and text and now to smartphone Apps, gone are the days of mislaid letters and forms which never make it home.
ParentMail the “one stop shop” for school communications
Looking for a system which would allow them to collect payments as well as communicate with parents – ParentMail was the obvious choice.
Celebrating 500,000 downloads of the ParentMail App!
Half a million parents use the ParentMail App to pick up important school messages, pay for school items, book parents’ evening appointments and more!
Improving parental engagement with online Forms
Ings Farm Primary School always found it difficult to get parents to complete and return forms with often only small numbers of parents responding.
Mobile Apps: The secret ingredient for improving student outcomes?
With advancements in technology moving at such a rapid rate, parents no longer expect to receive important information through email or text messages.
More great feedback from parents on the ParentMail App!
We’ve been looking at some of the great feedback we’ve been receiving from parents to find out how the App helps them.
Astor College saves over £5,000 a year with ParentMail
Astor College were keen to find a way to communicate to parents which would save money – and ParentMail was the answer.
Robert Drake impressed with ParentMail’s training and support
Robert Drake Primary School has started using ParentMail’s latest platform, PMX, and can’t believe how easy it is to use!
The latest ParentMail system exceeds expectations…
Having recently moved to our latest platform, PMX, we spoke to Bruton Primary School to see how they were getting on with the new system…
We’ve launched our new help site!
We’ve been working hard behind the scenes on our help site so that you can get the help you need instantly.
Parents “over the moon” with the ParentMail App!
With over 90% of parents using ParentMail, Stoke Mandeville Combined School are extremely pleased with how easy it now is to communicate with their parents.
The most reliable, cost effective, inclusive online payments system
With over 90% of parents saying they would prefer to pay for school items online, schools are adapting to the changing needs of parents to make paying for items less of a chore.
The ParentMail App has been updated!
For schools using online payments, parents can now pay for items such as school trips, uniform, tickets for events and more on the go!.
Parents’ Evening Manager a “winner” for Holy Rosary Catholic Primary School
Within a week, 95% of parents booked appointments without paper, queues in the office or teachers spending time on administration!
Fantastic feedback for the ParentMail App!
With over 400,000 parents now receiving messages from their school through the App, parents are reading and responding to school messages, forms and invitations quicker than ever before.
Auto SIMS link a time saving success for St Anne’s RC Primary School
St Anne’s RC Primary School has recently installed the auto SIMS link, so that data automatically updates from SIMS into ParentMail each night.
The ParentMail App in the Top 20 in the App store!
We’re very proud to announce that The ParentMail App is now in the Top 20 App downloads in the Apple Store!
The death of email
According to email provider Sendmail, 90% of messages in our email inbox are spam, discouraging many of us from reading our emails!
Parents’ Evening “booked in less than 5 minutes”
With Parents Evening Manager, in less than a week Wadhurst Primary School has had two thirds of parents book their appointments online!
ParentMail awarded a position on ESPO framework
We’re very pleased to announce that ParentMail has been awarded a position on the ESPO framework.
ParentMail strengthens the link with SIMS
When it comes to communication systems many schools believe that integration with SIMS (or other MIS) is the most important feature…
Choosing secondary schools made easier for parents
Schools Minister Nick Gibb has announced that parents choosing a secondary school for their child will have access to early exam results to help them decide.
Schools improve parent responses to forms and surveys
Parents can complete school forms, give consent and complete surveys all from their mobile phone, tablet or computer…
“We’ve always done it that way”
35% of schools told us that they still spend on average £100 a week on postage – that’s £3800 a year!
Become a greener school with ParentMail
Many schools regularly raise awareness of global environmental issues and try to promote living “greener lives” to their students.
“Our parents couldn’t wait to get registered on PMX!”
Within 2 weeks, the school had over 80% of parents accessing ParentMail every day, many of which do so through the free ParentMail App.
Why do parents want Parents Evening Manager?
It’s not just schools who find organising parents’ evenings a nightmare!
“Super slick” Parents’ Evening Manager saves school hours
Malcolm Sargent Primary School have been very impressed with just how easy it’s been to set up parents’ evening, thanks to ‘Parents Evening Manager’.
Parents – are you using the ParentMail App yet?
Every parent knows it’s difficult keeping track of all their children’s activities. Schools, clubs, sports events…there’s always something to read, plan for or reply to.
Make things easier for parents, so responses improve
We make it easy for parents to read and respond to school requests, and this makes it the most effective parental engagement service!
ParentMail impresses St Nicholas Catholic Primary School
St Nicholas Catholic Primary School in Devon has been extremely impressed with how well communication in school has improved.
The changing habits of parents
Today, parents can pick up emails, complete schools forms, book parents’ evening and top up dinner money while at work, at home, or on the go, all from their mobile phone.
How can your school make Parents’ Evening easier?
In a recent survey, over 90% of parents told us that they would use an automated online service to book parents’ evenings.
The Internet of Things
The ‘Internet of Things’—a system in which objects can communicate internally or with other machines—will transform the way we live our lives.
For Copthill’s busy parents, ParentMail is the obvious choice
With 100% of parents using ParentMail, Copthill are extremely proud of the way they communicate to parents.
Top 10: Reasons why schools and parents want +Pay!
We’ve put together the top 10 reasons why schools, parents and children benefit from an online payments service like +Pay.
The development team: Behind the scenes of ParentMail
Our very bright development team work hard to bring you the best, quickest, most effective communication service.
Why do parents want school communications on their mobile?
As we get ready to release our new iOS and android apps, we’ve been looking at why parents want to receive school communications on their mobile.
Top Tips: Parents using ParentMail
Many of our schools have over 95% of parents registered and regularly using ParentMail; we’ve spoken to some to find out their top tips for making ParentMail a success!
Coping with free schools meals from September
From September, big changes will be made to school food, with the Department of Education transforming who gets free meals and what children eat.
Top tips for clubs!
We’ve come up with some top tips to help clubs cut back on admin time and communicate easily with parents.
Technology in and out of the classroom
Research shows that more UK adults are now going online using a range of devices…
Improve sports club uptake in your school with ParentMail
We know that many schools offer a wide range of sports clubs, but are your parents aware of them?
Quainton CE Primary prepares for free school meals with online forms
Quainton Primary School have found the perfect solution with ParentMail’s online Dinner Booking form.
Beckington CE First School recommend +Pay to all!
Beckington First School are so pleased with the +Pay service that they would recommend it to any school!
Deepdene School maximise time and money savings
Described as a traditional school by those who know it, Deepdene School has ‘modernised’ with the addition of ParentMail and with huge success as 100% of parents use it.
Halterworth Primary finds success with online Forms App – 80% response!
Over 60% of parents responded to the first online questionnaire sent out by Halterworth Primary School…
ParentMail scores with Felpham Football Club!
“I think we will get a really good response from the parents as lots of them are already familiar with ParentMail through their children’s schools.”
Caldecote Primary reduces dinner money debt thanks to +Pay
With 95% of parents paying via +Pay either online or from their mobile, they have reduced their dinner money debt substantially.
Parent payments made easy with PayPal and ParentMail
We are excited to announce that we are joining forces with PayPal, the faster, safer way to pay online, on mobile phones and in-store.
“Staggering” response to Forms app at St Paulinus RC Primary School
St Paulinus were staggered when 85% replied to an online form they sent using ParentMail’s Forms Application.
Accessing ParentMail on mobile becomes more popular!
60% of our customers, that’s both schools and parents, access ParentMail through their tablet or phone.
ParentMail – a huge success at St Marie’s RC Primary School!
We spoke with St Marie’s school secretary to discover how they have got an impressive 98% parent uptake on ParentMail.
Balancing work and family life
We do our best to help busy mum’s and dad’s keep in touch with what their children are doing…
The dangers of ‘pupil post’
Pupil post: the transference of letters, forms and permission slips between school and home in students’ school bags, pockets – or not at all as the case may sometimes be!