174 parents booked their parents’ evening appointments within the first hour!
Within 48 hours of launching ParentMail in Whiteabbey Primary School, 80% of parents were able to receive messages, make payments, complete forms and book parents evening appointments online!
Now with 97% of parents registered, the school sends almost all of their communications digitally, bringing with it considerable time and cost savings!
Principal Keith Wysner used ParentMail at his former primary school in Northern Ireland and felt it was perfect in a small school setting. When he moved to Whiteabbey Primary, he was keen to bring ParentMail with him knowing it would be as beneficial, if not more so, in a larger primary school setting.
Now at Whiteabbey, with just over 400 students, he was amazed to see that 174 parents booked their parents’ evening appointments within the first hour!
Keith told us, “We sent out the invitations at 8.30pm on a Tuesday evening and by the following afternoon 88% of our students had a parents’ evening appointment, of their choosing, confirmed!”
Previously the school sent paper letters to tell parents what time their allocated appointments would be – now with Parents’ Evening Manager they can put control in parents’ hands and allow them to book the appointments at the times they want. The majority of parents use the mobile app to book their appointments which means they receive a notification and can book their appointments instantly.
Feedback from parents has been fantastic, with some taking to the school Facebook page to say “Just booked the appointments for parent teacher interviews on ParentMail. So easy and convenient!” and “I had written in my diary re: the upcoming appointments, then my ParentMail pinged about it – I was straight in there.”
The school had previously looked at other parents’ evening booking and online payments systems, but felt that nothing worked as efficiently as having it all under one roof – and with a mobile app for parents!
Keith said “The admin and teaching teams here in Whiteabbey have really embraced using technology to improve our parental engagement and ParentMail has been a real success as a result. Parents’ Evening Manager in particular is one of the most efficient digital tools I’ve used for managing Parent Teacher Meetings and I would recommend the system to other schools to use as it offers choice whilst reducing admin time and costs.”
Want to know more about our Parents Evening Manager application and how it could simplify processes in our school? Get in touch today on 01733 595959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Is this approach counter-productive to improving parental engagement?
There’s now a platform for almost every type of communication schools would want to send to parents and over time they have increasingly bought in to several different systems to meet their requirements and improve parent teacher communication.
However, the problem with multiple systems is, with several logins, passwords and websites to use and remember, life quickly becomes time consuming and complicated for parents – and this can be further compounded if they also have children at other schools. The danger is, parents can stop using systems and schools may find themselves having to revert to traditional methods in order to reach their parents.
Communication technology has quickly become popular in schools because it has streamlined many daily tasks and helps reduce costs. For parents, searching for change or the cheque book, remembering to sign forms, having to come into the school office to book parents’ evening appointments or trusting your children to do it, are just a few examples of some headaches technology has removed.
So what’s the solution?
Schools need to think carefully about their communication strategy – not just about the benefit to the school but about parents too. A simple solution is to look at consolidation of software – multiple services that can be provided from a single platform.
By making processes simpler for parents, schools then see a quicker and more thorough response, meaning they can spend less administration time chasing parents for the information they need.
Thames View Infants, The Brent Primary School and Astor College are just a few of the schools who have decided to consolidate their systems and do everything through ParentMail, where they can communicate, collect payments, record student absences, organise parents evening and collect online forms.
“Initially, we were looking solely at online payments systems, as we already had a system in place for sending emails and another for sending texts” The Brent Primary School’s Business Manager Dan Baker told us. “It was clunky, but it worked”.
We went from using separate systems for emails and texts, collecting payments physically and continuing to send letters and forms home, to a “one stop shop” doing it all through ParentMail – and parents and staff love it.”
Many schools are using several systems as a result of purchasing software to meet one requirement at that time, and now find they’re using two, three, four or more systems to communicate with their parents, students and staff.
If, like other schools, you’re keen to simplify processes for parents and for school administration staff, consider consolidating your communications software into one – get in touch today for a free demonstration to see just how simple it could be. Reach us on 01733 595959, email email@example.com or leave a comment below.
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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.
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. Each new technology smooths the process – but what does this mean for schools?
Invariably, when a school contacts a parent it’s because they need them to do something, attend an event, collect lost property or pay for something, and the best way to ensure it is done is by making it as easy as possible for parents to respond. We know from working with schools over the past 15 years, that a key consideration when evaluating new systems for parents is ease of use. Why? Because by making life easier for parents, schools get a much better response.
New services such as PayPal have become increasingly popular, now used by more than 20 million people across the UK. Its ‘frictionless’ service means users can make faster, safer and easier payments than ever before.
ParentMail actively designs its services to be easy and simple to use for both schools and parents, and its all new online payments platform delivers this. As well as being the most reliable, cost effective, socially inclusive online payments system available on the market, it also offers a free mobile App for parents as well as PayPal, meaning payments can be completed from the comfort of an armchair – or on the go – in literally seconds.
Dawlish Community College, a secondary School in Devon, who have been using ParentMail since 2014, have first-hand experience of the effect of the winning combination of a mobile App with PayPal:
Nicky Cruickshank, Finance Officer at the college told us, “PayPal has been a very popular choice for many of our parents with 40% of them choosing to pay this way. It means they don’t have to remember card details and can make the payment in seconds on their smartphone.”
ParentMail Payments Director, Martin Temple, told us “Launching our all new payments system, including PayPal as a payment option for parents, was an extremely exciting thing for us to offer schools.
PayPal has been a payments option for schools for several months now, and we’re really pleased to see that it’s the choice for many of our parents. With an App which allows parents to top up dinner money or pay for a school trip with just a few taps, it makes sense that busy parents would want to use a quick and easy payment option like PayPal, which doesn’t require them to remember their card details.
“We’re very proud to be the only online payments system which offers PayPal as an option and we know that for many schools, having a socially inclusive payment platform is incredibly important.”
With parents able to make payments quickly, it means a happier school office with less cash handling, chasing payments and less time spent on administration: “Our parents have told us that they really like the convenience of being able to pay ‘on the go’ and not having to send in cash/cheques” Nicky told us, “Parents are now immediately notified of any items which require payment and can action this, wherever they are, instantly!”
If you’re a UK school or college interested in offering your parents a quick and easy way to top up dinner money or pay for school uniform, get in touch today and we’ll show you how easy it could be. Contact us on 01733 595959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a look for yourself at our online payments video HERE
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“Now we’re reaching parents on their smartphones and they’re more engaged than ever before.”
After years of spending many hours preparing paper communications, hundreds of pounds each year on paper and photocopying to find that many letters and forms never even made it home, let alone made it back into school, Hemingbrough Community Primary decided it was time to go digital!
Joining ParentMail earlier this year, Hemingbrough Primary are using the full suite of services as well as the school branded App for parents to download – something that has gone down very well with everyone! Now, 98% of parents are receiving messages, completing online forms and booking parents’ evening all from the school APP on their mobile phones.
Business Manager Sarah Read told us, “Though the time and cost savings of a system like this are great, actually, just being able to guarantee that communications are being delivered straight into the hands of parents is the biggest benefit for us. Previously, we had such difficulty reaching our parents because paper letters just never made it home. Now, we’re reaching them on their smartphones and they’re more engaged than ever before.”
The online Forms application has been the outstanding application for Hemingbrough, going from a trickle of responses to more than 60% of parents now completing and responding the very same day. Many of the forms now sent this way get a 100% response rate within 48 hours!
Sarah said, “We send dinner menus each week, permissions for photographs or walking home, club forms and more, and usually within minutes of them being sent we see the responses coming back in. Now that we’ve allowed parents to complete forms on their smartphone, the turnaround time is quicker than ever before!”
With their own school branded App, a suite of services and a way to engage with parents directly, Hemingbrough Community Primary are extremely pleased with ParentMail and the difference it has made with their school communication; “I can easily say ParentMail is the best purchase we’ve made in years and would strongly recommend other schools try it!”
Book a free demonstration of ParentMail today or get in touch to find out what your own school branded App could look like. Call us on 01733 595959 or email email@example.com for more information.
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“We recognise how much technology is helping and we wanted to use the best system on the market to help us .”
Based in East London, Thames View Infants has a complex demographic, with 43 different languages spoken within the school, as well as high levels of social-deprivation.
Despite this, the school was appointed as a National Leader of Education in 2014, has been rated ‘Outstanding’ twice by OFSTED and has some of the highest end-of-Key Stage One results in the country.
One thing the school is extremely passionate about is engaging parents. Head Teacher, Paul Jordan, told us, “We need to be able to reach parents easily and reliably and paper just wasn’t doing that for us. We recognise how much technology is helping schools to bridge that relationship and we wanted to use the best system on the market to help us do that – which is why we chose ParentMail.”
With the aim of getting 95% of parents on board in the next few months, Thames View Infants will quickly make significant savings in paper costs and plan to be completely paperless before the end of the year.
Paul told us, “Previously, we were sending out newsletters, weekly summaries of learning, details of our many family drop-ins, information about clubs and visit consent letters – whatever was required to keep our families up to date and informed with their child’s education. But when we looked at the expense, we realised that we were spending £18,000 a year to do it, which is an awful lot of money!
So we looked at other ways to send this information home, and we quickly realised ParentMail would allow us to do it all and more at a fraction of the cost and time. We’re now communicating more, actively reaching more parents and saving money and time in the process. The money and time we are saving, we can use in other areas of the school – for example, to help our children progress, so it’s fantastic for us.”
The school has made further savings by consolidating the number of systems they used to communicate with parents, and doing it all through ParentMail; “Initially, we were using ParentMail to send our newsletters home, another system so parents could book parents’ evenings and another so parents could pay online – and still sending forms home by paper. So we were paying for three systems and still managing the cost of printing and photocopying.
“Now we’re sending it all through ParentMail, and our parents can do everything on their smartphone. They can pick up messages, contribute to school visits, complete a permission form, book a Parents’ Evening appointment, pay for school dinners, select their preference for an After School Club, all from one place, and in just a few taps!”
The school is very happy with the progress they’ve seen with more parents engaging with what’s going on in the classroom, and say ParentMail has played a vital role in their on-going vision of “valuing parents as partners”.
If you’d like to improve your parental engagement and cut the costs of your school communication, give us a call on 01733 595960 to discuss or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Many forward-thinking schools who see the benefits of a mobile-first solution, are now reaching parents through free in-App notifications…
Parental involvement in education has proven to lead to better exam results and improvements in student attendance, new research finds.
In a programme run by academics from Bristol and Harvard universities, researchers found that regular communications to parents alerting them about upcoming school exams and tests, information on homework and updates on how their child is doing in class, was the most cost-effective way to improve exam results.
Sending messages like this to parents was more likely to prompt conversations at home about school, made parents feel more involved in what their child was doing and allowed them to help with learning.
This supports previous Government research which showed that “the more parents are involved in their children’s education, the more advantageous the effect on pupil achievement.” (Campbell, 2011).
In addition, regular communications had a positive improvement in pupil absences– showing that the more parents were involved with what’s going on in school; the more likely they are to ensure their child regularly attends.
Many schools have been using email and text messages effectively to communicate with parents for years. During May, for example, 1.6 million text messages were sent home through ParentMail with 1.7 million sent home in June. A further 15 million email messages were sent during each of those months. The benefits of electronic messaging are obvious – you reach parents on their phones instantly, at a small cost, reaching them when they’re on the go.
However, many forward-thinking schools who see a benefit in a mobile-first solution for communicating to parents and wider communities, are now reaching parents in the exact same way – but through free in-App notifications.
By communicating to parents via an App on their smartphone, schools can reach parents instantly, wherever they are in the world, but removing the cost of text credits. Though the cost per text may be low, this amount quickly adds up over a year. They’re also not restricted by message length or being able to send attachments.
If communication from school to parents is more effective than extra-curricular activities or individual tuition over the internet, as this research suggest, then schools want to ensure they are doing it, and in the most effective way.
As technology advances at such a rapid rate, more and more schools are looking at ways they can use it to improve their relationship with parents. It’s no secret that improving parental engagement is a priority for many UK schools and colleges, and a challenge that many of them face.
ParentMail work with school leaders every day to improve parental engagement, reduce costs and revolutionise how schools communicate with parents. To arrange a demonstration of our software or discover how a personalised mobile app is perfect for your school, contact us today on 01733 595959 or email email@example.com for more information.
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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.
Live Chat has been an established way for customers to get Support for many years, used by companies such as EE, Natwest, Dell, Amazon, IKEA, Microsoft, O2 and many, many more.
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 – and in a frantic school office with hundreds of things going on at once, that’s certainly the case!
According to econsultancy.com, Live Chat has the highest satisfaction levels for any customer service channel, with 73%, compared with 61% for email and 44% for phone. Based on the response we’ve had from schools, we’d have to agree!
We’ve seen a really positive improvement in our customer satisfaction scores and we continue to work hard to improve this further still. Our new live chat system has, in particular, gone down extremely well with schools and we couldn’t be happier with the feedback we’ve received:
“Thank you very much – this is a great service, first time I have used it!”
“Love this live chat BTW – I find it really helpful!”
Thanks for your help. What a great way to contact you.”
I must say that this live chat system is MUCH better than trying to get through on the phone or waiting for a response from the e-mail system – well done (from someone that has been critical of support in the past)”
“Thanks for your help – can I just say that I love this online chat!”
Over the last six months we have been working tirelessly to deliver even better support for our schools – and have brought in lots of new initiatives to help with this.
Our Support Team are still here to take your calls, but the next time you need some help, we’d recommend you try a “Live Chat” with one of our Customer Support Representatives. We think you’ll be impressed!
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After two years struggling, St Anne’s CE Primary decided to try Parents Evening Manager – and it’s been a revelation!
Mandy Lester, office administrator at St Anne’s CE Primary School has been in touch to tell us just how much Parents’ Evening Manager, our online booking system for parents’ evening, has made a difference…
“Parents’ Evenings have always been a bit of a nightmare for us – we’ve tried lots of different ways to make the booking process simple for parents and for staff to organise, with little success until now!
First, we tried sending letters home for parents, to return in with their chosen appointment times. Not only did we have to chase responses, but teachers had to manually go through all of them, and work with each other so sibling appointments didn’t clash and weren’t spread out across an evening.
Next, we tried a board in the school office for parents to come in and book appointments on – however this meant administration staff and teaching assistants were regularly taken away from what they were doing to help deal with parent cancellations, take phone calls etc. Again, it was a time-consuming nightmare!
So, we decided to try Parents’ Evening Manager from ParentMail – and what a revelation it’s been! Staff have been over the moon with how easy it’s been, and parents are actually coming in to school to tell us how easy booking appointments is. Many book appointments instantly on the ParentMail App!
The morning it went live, we had 58 appointments booked before the school even opened – and by the time parents’ evening came round, 90% had booked through ParentMail.
A great feature is that we have the option to let parents leave a comment for teachers when booking their appointment times – and teachers have really loved this. It means they can prepare for the evenings ahead and are ready to discuss the things that matter to parents. However, it has to be said; a lot of the parents used this comment box just to tell us how much they loved this new booking process!
From start to finish Parents’ Evening Manager has been a success for our school. Initially, we were nervous about setting it up, so we contacted ParentMail and within the hour we were set up and ready to go. The support and help we’ve had has been spot on and the whole process has been wonderful for us.
It may seem like just one event in the school calendar, but for us having an easy way to manage Parents’ Evening is such a huge thing. We’re so glad we’ve finally found a simple way to organise parents’ evening and we really would recommend it to any other school.”
Want to know more about our parents’ evening booking system? Click here to watch our video and see just how simple it can be! Or, to book an online demonstration and see the process for yourself, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
Many schools recognise how technology is improving not just the learning experience in the classroom but also parental engagement. Having evolved 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. Now, information is delivered straight into the hands of parents.
Forward-thinking schools have realised the unnecessary costs spent on paper, printing and photocopying which quickly amounts to thousands of pounds each year – and have gone completely paperless.
Now, many schools go beyond sending newsletters and school letters home digitally and instead send all their communications, including forms, permission slips and surveys, in the exact same way.
Not only do these schools save the cost of endless printing and distributing of important school forms, they’re also guaranteed that this information is delivered straight into the hands of parents, which means it’s far more likely for them to respond.
With a free mobile App, parents can receive instant notifications as soon as forms are sent and can complete and return them in minutes with just a few simple clicks. This is also a fantastic way to reach parents who may not have easy access to a computer; “Because low-income families use mobile devices as the primary gateway to online life, this holds tremendous potential for directly engaging and educating families. Apps can provide parents with critical information, reminders, and feedback that they might not otherwise receive.” (Khalil, 2016)
By sending forms and permission slips home electronically, these schools engage parents with what’s going on at school, delivering important information in the way parents are used to consuming it – through their smartphone.
ParentMail is the only only UK-based parental engagement software system where schools can collect form submissions, permissions and survey parents online. This offers huge benefits for schools, by massively reducing workload, boosting responses from parents and further saving paper and copying costs.
Ings Farm Primary School always found it difficult to get parents to complete and return permission forms and requests for information, with often only small numbers of parents responding. Administration Officer, Heather Duffy said, “With the online Forms application, we now know for sure that forms are being delivered straight into the hands of parents, rather than sitting in book bags. Parents can complete them straight away in a matter of seconds, which means responses coming in have increased dramatically.”
Lynne Green, Business Manager at St Paulinus RC Primary School said, “It’s the child’s responsibility to give letters and forms to parents and often we find this doesn’t happen. With the online form going straight to parents, and with parents able to complete them on their mobile phones, nearly all of them respond.”
Would you like to go completely paperless and try an online form collection system? Contact us on 01733 595959 or email email@example.com and we’ll book you in for a free demonstration or take a look at our Forms video HERE.
Khalil, A. (2016) Digital tools and data systems stimulate parent engagement and family success. Available at: http://ascend.aspeninstitute.org/pages/digital-tools-and-data-systems-stimulate-parent-engagement-and-family-succe (Accessed: 24 May 2016)
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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.
Our all new +Pay system on our latest platform, PMX, makes it easier than ever for schools to manage and collect payments for dinner money, trips, events and other items.
An important part of +Pay is our free mobile App for parents, which means they can make instant payments on the go for school items – as well as reading school messages, completing forms and booking parents’ evenings.
The feedback received from schools and parents about the ParentMail App has been incredibly positive so far, which tells us that there has been a real desire from parents to make the payments process more streamlined.
+Pay, our online payments system for schools, is now more cost effective than any other system on the market, offering schools the lowest transaction rates available. And with just one transaction cost per basket, it won’t matter how much or little parents choose to pay for at once, there will be only one, small cost to the school for processing this.
And that’s not all! New +Pay offers 99.9% uptime, having been designed to be robust and scalable so it can cope with peaks of activity. So the next time you have hundreds of parents making start of term payments all at once, you won’t have to worry about it letting parents down.
It’s essential that online payments systems are as socially inclusive as possible which is why we also include PayPoint, PayCash and PayPal as payment options for parents. Cash, cheque and voucher payments can still be recorded so parents can pay whichever way is most convenient to them.
Want to know more about +Pay? Click here for more information and find out why it’s the most cost effective, reliable, socially inclusive and parent friendly online payments system on the market. Or, reach us on 01733 595959 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a demonstration in school.
According to email provider Sendmail, 90% of messages in our email inbox are spam, discouraging many of us from reading our emails!
“Email is not the enemy of productivity, but the time we spend processing it is.”
Back in 1991, there were only three million email accounts – a figure that’s since climbed to more than 3.1 billion, according to figures from eMarketer. Today, there are more than 90 trillion messages sent to and from those accounts each year.
However, according to email provider Sendmail, 90% of those messages are spam, and although filters sift out the majority of junk, the average inbox is still filled each day with new clutter – which is discouraging many of us from reading our emails.
It would be fair to say that for many people, receiving emails has become far too much like hard work – having to move messages from our inbox into separate folders in the hope we’re not missing anything important in a mass of spam.
Sanctuary from the madness of email
For parents, there simply isn’t time to search through hair product advertisements and “50% off” emails to find those important messages from schools. It’s likely that these rare, yet important emails get lost in an ever-growing world of spam, which means your communications from school to home aren’t as effective as they once were.
With the latest version of ParentMail, parents can download a free APP where all their messages are safely stored away from the hubbub of email. It means they can instantly receive school messages, event invitations, forms to complete and even make payment for school bills without the need to search through a busy email inbox. The fact that all this can be done on a mobile phone or tablet, means parents can respond immediately and conveniently and that message alerts come through in real time so there’s never a delay.
At ParentMail, we like to make things easy for parents, so that schools get a better response. By making it as simple as possible for parents to pick up important messages, it means information is read, and actioned, instantly.
Our new parent App is now being used by 300,000 parents with nothing but positive feedback from schools and parents – with one school telling us, “One father actually came into school to tell us that he had received the notification on the App and booked his parents’ evening appointments instantly – completing the whole process in less than 5 minutes. He couldn’t believe how easy it was.”
Don’t let important school messages become ignored or lost in busy inboxes – contact us at email@example.com today to find out how we can ensure parents receive everything right into the palms of their hands at the moment you send it.
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When it comes to communication systems many schools believe that integration with SIMS (or other MIS) is the most important feature…
When it comes to communication systems many schools believe that integration with SIMS (or other MIS) is the most important feature.
The argument is that you take data straight from SIMS, populate your communications system and off you go – no delays, no data collection, and no separate databases to maintain. There’s no doubt that linking with MIS is easy, but it’s worth considering the primary weakness of simply extracting MIS data.
The one vital component to reaching people electronically is accurate contact data. Without this, your messages simply won’t reach parents – which means a long data collection exercise for your staff, and unhappy parents missing out on important school messages.
We’ve been surveying schools for 13 years and we know that while schools have contact data for most parents on their MIS, only 60% of that data on average is accurate. That therefore leaves the burden of data collection and data accuracy entirely with the school.
Here at ParentMail we go beyond simply linking with SIMS, by helping schools keep on top of their data and ensuring that they are reaching parents in the best possible way – after all, school to home communication systems are only successful if they produce the right action from parents.
Our unique approach involves taking data from MIS initially and then making it better instantly, and most importantly keeping it up to date and even feeding new data back to school.
We’re the only communications system in the market that works directly with parents (via our free APP or online account) to keep contact data current and actively reduce the work schools have to do, while reaching more parents than any other system.
Our latest update means that our link with SIMS is automatic for any schools that want it, and data can be synchronised overnight.
To find out more about our auto SIMS link or how we can help you keep on top of your data, without any headaches, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get one of our advisors in touch to arrange a call.
Parents can complete school forms, give consent and complete surveys all from their mobile phone, tablet or computer…
Many schools recognise that using technology to improve communications with parents not only saves time and money, but makes life easier for parents. Though many schools use email and text to communicate to parents, many still send forms, permission slips or surveys home requiring information or a signature back from parents home via pupil post.
With ParentMail’s latest application, Forms, Permissions and Surveys, parents can complete school forms, give consent and complete surveys all from their mobile phone, tablet or computer – which means it’s easier for parents to reply, and schools get a better response.
St Paulinus RC Primary School had been used to just a few per cent of parents replying to questions and surveys they sent out so were staggered when 85% quickly replied to an online form they sent using ParentMail’s Forms, Permissions and Surveys App.
The first form that Lynne Green, Business Manager for the school, sent was to find out how many parents were interested in sending their child on a school trip. In the past, receiving the forms back from parents could take some time, and on one occasion there were no responses at all. But, with the online forms app, Lynne received 60% of responses overnight – meaning she could book the trip the next day. “With parents able to complete forms on their computers, tablets or mobile phones, it’s very easy for them to respond.”
The first questionnaire Halterworth Primary School sent about holiday childcare received a 60% response – with paper copies, School Admin Officer Alison Tanner explained, “We would have had a very low response rate.”
Their next survey did even better. Alison told us, “Within 10 minutes of sending our second questionnaire on free school meals for infant children, I had 20 completed responses and it wasn’t long before 80% of parents had replied. We certainly wouldn’t have received any that quickly before, it simply wouldn’t have happened with paper copies!”
Parents have reacted well to the online questionnaires, and many have contacted the school to say it would be useful to also collect permissions for trips and other information needed by the school. “Our parents are extremely busy but also very supportive,” says Alison, “having forms and surveys online not only saves the school a lot of time but also the parents.”
Dinner Booking Forms
With the free school meal initiative coming into force late last year, Quainton Primary School were worried about how they would keep on top of all the extra work. Luckily, they found the perfect solution with the new Forms Application.
School Bursar Sarah Collier told us, “Previously we had to manually count meal choices on every form sent, which as you can imagine, was very time consuming. Within an hour of sending out a form through ParentMail, 50% of parents had replied. We’ve really noticed an increase in the responses we’re getting back from parents now they can complete them online, which means we don’t have to spend time chasing!”
With ParentMail’s Forms, Permissions and Survey’s application there’s no limit to the type of form or survey that can be created by schools, from injury forms to consent, collecting parent/guardian details to trips and more. Working as a standalone application or in conjunction with ParentMail’s other applications; schools can make substantial cost and time savings. Book a free demonstration today to see how it works and how it could benefit your school.
For further information on ParentMail or to book a demonstration email email@example.com
35% of schools told us that they still spend on average £100 a week on postage – that’s £3800 a year!
We heard an interesting story this week we’d like to share…
A new head teacher joined a school and was shocked to see the financial outgoings each month. Making it his mission to cut back on costs, he decided to implement a full audit across the school to find out if any unnecessary payments were being made, and brought in a team to help him discover where they could make some savings.
On visiting the canteen, the audit team discovered that every day the school cooks created two large trays of rice pudding, and every day both trays would go in the bin, untouched. After two weeks of watching this, one of the team went to the head teacher and asked, “Why do the canteen staff continue to make two large trays of rice pudding every day, despite no one eating them?”
The head was dumbfounded! He had no idea this was happening and couldn’t see the logic in why this was being done. He decided to investigate and went to find the caretaker, who had been at the school for years. “Do you know why they are doing this?” he asked. “Yes, I think I know the answer” the caretaker told him, “10 years ago some important visitors came to the school, who the head teacher at that time wanted to impress. He took them to the canteen for lunch and on the way one visitor told him his favourite sweet was rice pudding. “Well that’s very fortunate,” said the Head happily. “Our cook makes the best rice pudding I’ve ever tasted.’ They queued for lunch and as they approached the sweet counter, the head noticed that unusually there was no rice pudding. He turned to let his visitor know but he could see the look of disappointment on his face. Afterwards the head was incensed and demanded from that day onwards there was two trays of rice pudding available every single day.”
On hearing the story, the head went to the canteen staff and asked them why they continued to make the rice pudding, even though they went in the bin every day. Confused, they looked at one another for an answer, until one of them said, “That’s what we’ve always done…no one has told us to do anything different!”
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In a recent survey conducted by ParentMail, 35% of schools told us that they spend on average £100 a week on postage – that’s £3800 a year. When we asked them why, the main reason they gave was “We’ve always done it that way”.
50% of schools also admitted that they still send information home through pupil post, even though 75% said they recognised that communication to parents by text and email was the most effective way to reach parents!
Are your school still spending thousands of pounds each year using out of date methods to communicate to parents, simply because “you’ve always done it that way?”
Book a free demonstration today and we’ll show you how, with ParentMail, you can cut your school costs by thousands each year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Many schools regularly raise awareness of global environmental issues and try to promote living “greener lives” to their students.
Many schools regularly raise awareness of global environmental issues and try to promote living “greener lives” to their students. From learning about recycling to promoting “walk to school week”, we’re all aware of the need to do our bit to help save the planet.
But how can your school contribute further to becoming environmentally friendly? Many schools are already doing it and may not even realise….
During May for example, schools sent 15 million emails home to parents digitally through ParentMail – that’s at least 12.5 million pieces of paper that were saved. Add to that a further 3 million text messages that were also sent, and you’re well on the way to saving several trees! That’s not taking into account the amount of attachments, permission forms, parents’ evening slips and more that would usually be put into a school bag and never even make it home.
During May, April and March combined, schools sent out 40 million messages electronically to parents. So it’s fair to say in a year, schools using ParentMail are saving at least 144 million sheets of paper. We’ve gone from saving a few trees, to saving a small forest!
Not only are these schools contributing to a greener planet, they’re also making cost savings each month of £50,000 – £100,000 – eliminating the need for paper, printing, photocopying and posting letters home.
If all that wasn’t enough, schools are also finding that sending information home to parents digitally means that it’s far more likely to get read, and responses to forms, permissions and surveys are far higher when they can complete them from an App on their smartphone.
If your school would like to help save the environment, saving money in the process and improving the response from parents, please contact us at email@example.com to find out more.
It’s not just schools who find organising parents’ evenings a nightmare!
Whether you’re a primary or a secondary school, organising parents evening can be a bit of a headache, arranging appointments between parents and teachers within a very small window of time.
However, it’s not just schools who find parents’ evenings a nightmare! We asked parents about the problems they face and discussed why an online booking system like Parents Evening Manager would make the whole process easier.
Many parents told us their school still require them to complete a letter and send it back into school with their chosen appointments, which often doesn’t go as smoothly as it sounds! One parent, Anna Beaumont told us, “I have to rely on my 6 year old to hand the slip into their teacher – and these things tend to have a habit of going missing!”
Another parent, Marie Hickson, agreed, “If the children forget to hand it in or lose the slip, you get whatever appointments are left.”
Mandy Taylor had similar problems, and told us the difficulty with a letter is that her kids don’t always remember to book an appointment and if the teacher is off, appointments simply didn’t get made.
Kim Bontoft recognised it wasn’t just difficult for her as a parent, but also sympathised with the teachers and staff involved in organising the appointments, “We fill in the form, request our time slots and then expect our teachers to cross reference them with all the other classes – it must be a nightmare for them too!”
We asked parents whether being able to book their parents evening appointments online would help. Marie Hickson told us, “With two children to arrange appointments for, and working full-time, 24 hour shifts, parents’ evenings are a logistical nightmare! Being able to do it from our smartphones would be so much easier!”
Many parents liked the idea of being able to book their own appointments, because it gave them the control, rather than their children. Debbie Hare told us, “It would be great to be able to choose the slots I wanted so that I could have enough time to get to see each teacher.”
Michelle Edwards agreed; she told us that thanks to her son’s booking last year she was left with an hour between each appointment!
Mandy Henderson told us: “Booking it from my phone would mean we could see the teachers we wanted to see, not the teachers my children think we should see!”
Another parent told us that it would help make bookings clearer if she could book appointments from a smartphone App. Sophie McCarten said: “I have four kids in school and I always get their times and days mixed up. If I could just glance at my phone and see the appointments for each child that would be brilliant.”
One parent, Donna Shiell, has already booked her parents evening online via ParentMail and told us, “It was so much easier than before”.
Of all the parents we spoke to, all of them felt booking parents evening online or from their smartphone would make the parents evening process easier.
Book a free demonstration of Parents Evening Manager by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to see just how easy it is to create, and for your parents to book!
We make it easy for parents to read and respond to school requests, and this makes it the most effective parental engagement service!
Earlier this year, the Department for Education was challenged on new guidance it released on School Exclusions. This could have seen children excluded from school for failings out of their control, such as being late too often, not going into school with the right equipment or kit and parents repeatedly not completing paperwork.
With many parents, charities and legal representatives coming together against this, the Department for Education has since withdrawn the guidance for reconsideration “to make absolutely sure that all relevant matters have been taken into account”. However, it’s not over yet. The DfE have warned they will be issuing updated guidance in due course.
While we eagerly await an update from the Department of Education, it’s worth considering that schools can avoid going down this road altogether, simply by helping their parents with reminders, or by making it easier for them to complete schools forms and permissions – and this need not burden schools with any extra workload.
For busy working parents, remembering the various different equipment, kit or homework they need to send their child into school with each day or finding the time to complete a form simply adds to the stress of an already hectic life, and as we know, can be easily forgotten.
Rather than punish these parents and their children, schools can help by using a system which makes it easier for parents to do the things they need them to do. At ParentMail, our focus is on making life easy for parents, because we know that by doing this we make sure schools get more responses than any other method.
While other parents may have to dig out the paperwork, find time to complete forms and then trust their child to send it back into school, parents at schools using ParentMail can simply pick up forms or school messages as soon as they’re sent AND respond should they need to on their smartphone APP, tablet or computer in seconds.
ParentMail also allows schools to send reminders, so if parents need to send their children into school the next day with equipment, kit or anything else, parents can receive a notification the evening before or in the morning simply reminding them what their kids need that day.
For parents there’s real value in our system; we make it easy for parents to read and respond to school requests, and this makes it the most effective parental engagement service schools can buy.
Book a free demonstration of our Forms, Permission and Surveys application, or simply have a tour or our new PMX system and see how you could improve parent-school relationships from today. Email email@example.com for more information.
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.
Years ago, parents would often find school communications by digging through a school bag to then find out of date, screwed up documents, and it wasn’t unusual for them to forget to respond, reply or take action.
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.
Historically, parents also found it useful to receive text messages from school because it was convenient, instant and easy. However, the restrictions with this are that schools are limited by characters used and can’t send attachments, and the cost of sending texts quickly mount up. Today, this can all be overcome.
“One of the biggest benefits of ParentMail is being able to reach, and receive responses, from busy working parents, who pick it all up on their smart phones.”
Linda Flynn, School Administator at Copthill Independent School
With three times as many smart phones in the world as computers, and 70% of parents already accessing ParentMail on their mobile, we know that a large majority of parents prefer the convenience of receiving school messages this way. With the introduction of our apps for Apple and Android, it means parents can now do so much more from their smart phone.
We make things easier for parents, so schools get a better response. We design for ease of use, because we know parents don’t have time to learn a complicated, confusing system or struggle to respond to school forms and messages.
“Because parents can complete forms and surveys on their mobile phones or tablets, it’s much easier for them to respond.”
Alison Tanner, Admin Officer from Halterworth Primary School
Whether it’s completing a dinner booking form, giving permission for a trip, topping up dinner money or looking in their calendar to check up on school events, booking parents evening with ease or simply picking up the school newsletter – all of this and more can be done from one place. The smartphone.
The future of technology is changing and growing rapidly, and here at ParentMail we pride ourselves on keeping ahead of the pace, which is why our brand new App is the only App that will allow parents to complete all their school or club needs from one place.
To find out more or to book a free demonstration of ParentMail, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
In a recent survey, over 90% of parents told us that they would use an automated online service to book parents’ evenings.
Parents’ Evenings are one of the most complex events schools organise, arranging hundreds of consecutive meetings between parents and teachers within very tight time constraints.
We know that it’s not just schools who find Parents’ Evening difficult; parents can find it frustrating and time-consuming too. We conducted a survey and spoke to over 1200 parents to get a better idea of the difficulties surrounding Parents’ Evening and how it could improve.
Of the 1219 parents who took part in our survey, 65% told us that they book Parents’ Evening by completing a paper form sent home from school. A further 15% told us that their child arranges Parents’ Evening with their teachers, meaning parents have no involvement with the booking process and don’t always get to see the teachers they want to see.
However, the great news was over 90% of parents told us that they would use an automated online service to book Parents’ Evening, so in line with our quest to improve communications between schools and parents, we developed Parents’ Evening Manager.
Parents’ Evening Manager makes life easier for schools and parents, with a simple online booking process that can be set up, sent to parents – and returned back to the school in minutes.
Designed with the different needs of Primary and Secondary schools in mind, the Parents’ Evening Manager App saves administrative staff time, simplifies appointment booking for parents and pupils – and gives teachers the information they need so they can prepare for meetings. By moving the process from paper to online, it’s quicker and easier for all involved to have the meetings they want, when they want, with no complications.
A great optional feature for schools and parents is they can add notes to teachers in advance of the meetings, so in the brief time available they can quickly get to talk about what’s important. Over 70% of parents told us that a feature like this would improve Parents’ Evenings.
With the release of our ParentMail mobile App for parents, they will be able to receive notifications, alerting them instantly when they can book Parents’ Evening – making it simpler than ever for parents to book appointments at a time that works for them.
Once parents have finished booking their appointment, parents and teachers can both download a schedule of their appointment so everybody is fully prepared for the event.
Lynne Green, Business Manager at St Paulinus Primary School, told us: “Parents’ Evening Manger is going to be extremely helpful, not only saving time in school but also for the parents, who won’t need to hunt through bags for forms and slips, but will receive it all through ParentMail. We can’t wait to use it.”
The Parents’ Evening Manager App is great as a stand-alone app or as an additional app to those already using ParentMail.
No double bookings, no missed appointments, and a simple booking process for all involved. To find out more about Parents Evening or to arrange a free demonstration, leave a comment below or email email@example.com
We’ve put together the top 10 reasons why schools, parents and children benefit from an online payments service like +Pay.
Once upon a time, collecting, chasing and banking money for school trips or dinner money was a long winded process – fast forward to today where many schools are switching to reliable online payment systems like ParentMail +Pay and school payments are easier than ever! But why? We’ve put together the top 10 reasons why schools, parents and children benefit from an online payments service like +Pay:
- Convenient for parents = convenience for schools
90% of parents told us they want to pay for school items online. With +Pay, parents no longer need to search through their bag for cash or the cheque book to pay for school items, including dinner money and trips – which means it’s quicker and easier for them to pay, and quicker and easier for you to receive payments.
- Reduce School debt
Caldecote Primary School have reduced their dinner money debt by allowing parents to make school payments either online or from their mobile: “With 95% of parents paying via +Pay we have reduced our dinner money debt substantially.” Lesley Whitehead, Business Manager at Caldecote Primary School
- Automatic alerts for parents
Parents can be automatically alerted when they need to pay or top up their dinner money so there’s no more forgetting or chasing payments!
- Cut back on costs
Sending out paper communications is costly – ParentMail could save your school up to £2000 each year just by cutting back on paper costs, photocopying and service maintenance, consumables and staff time.
You can integrate with your cashless catering systems or use our built in Dinner Money Manager. This makes your entire catering system even better, helping you keep on top of meals and payments combined.
- Reduce playground bullying and improve security
Security risks and playground bulling becomes much lower with kids no longer walking around with money in their pockets and with less cash held on school premises. There’s also reassurance in knowing money is being used for what it’s intended!
- The complete solution
Use +Pay in conjunction with our online dinner booking form for a complete solution from ParentMail.
- Forget weekly trips to the bank
Schools can save time, not only on administration, but from trips to the bank they no longer need to make: “Previously, our caretaker would make weekly trips to the bank with his ‘wheelbarrow load’ of cash and cheques, now we have more time to concentrate on other important school tasks.” Olivia Ford, Administrator at Holy Ghost Primary
- Payments on the go!
70% of parents access ParentMail on their mobile, and can use our handy app to make payments on the go!
- Don’t just take our word for it
“If I were to speak to a school that weren’t using +Pay, I would simply tell them how much time I’ve saved from using it.” Ann House, School Administrator, Beckington First School
If your school and parents could benefit from an online payments service you can rely on, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below and we’ll be in touch!
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!
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!
Set ‘ParentMail’ as homework
Some schools set ParentMail registration as homework, meaning children go home and encourage their parents to take 5 minutes setting up their account and showing them how they can receive school communications on their computer, tablet or smart phone!
Target parents at parents evening
This is a perfect time to get parents registered as it’s one of the only times that you’re going to be able to communicate with parents face to face. You can have ParentMail registration forms to hand, computers ready for them to register when they arrive, or get a member of staff to act as “ParentMail representative” to be on hand to help parents register or answer any questions they might have!
Download and use promotional materials
On the help website you will find free to download posters, website banners and newsletter graphics which are the perfect way to catch the attention of your parents. Put the posters up where parents are likely to see them, website banners up on your school website and newsletter graphics in your monthly/termly newsletter.
Hire “Eco Kids”
Choose children in your school who can be hired as your “Eco Kids” whose role is to drive registration to reduce paper and printing within school.
Use your feeder schools
If you are a secondary school, get ahead of the race by contacting the parents of the year 6 students at your feeder schools, to let them know that you use ParentMail and that they will need to register before their child starts with you. This is a good way to get parents on board from the word go.
Create some school competitions
Hold competitions within your school, for example – the class who has the most parents signed up will win a prize OR each parent that makes a payment within a date specified will be entered into a raffle and those selected at random will win a prize!
Put a computer in reception for registration
Have a computer ready for parents to sign up if and when they come into the school. This is also a good time to answer any questions they might have and show them the ParentMail system.
Hire your parents to promote ParentMail!
It may be that you have some parents who are keen supporters of ParentMail – use them to your advantage! Ask them to speak to other parents about the benefits of ParentMail and why they love it – the good news will spread and soon you’ll have 100% of parents signed up!
Make sure your staff are on board
Any project or idea will not work without support or commitment from your staff – get your teachers trained and educated on ParentMail so that they feel enthusiastic enough to talk to your parents and children about the benefits of registering.
Try some of our tips and let us know how you get on OR share with us some of your tips, by tweeting us @ParentMail or leave a comment below.
From September, big changes will be made to school food, with the Department of Education transforming who gets free meals and what children eat.
From September, big changes will be made to school food, with the Department of Education transforming who gets free meals, what children eat and how they learn about food.
Every pupil in reception, year 1 and 2 will be eligible for free school meals and cooking is back on the curriculum, so children will understand more about the food they eat and how to prepare it.
Improved food standards have been designed to make it easier for school cooks to create “imaginative, flexible and healthy menus”, meaning children will get the nutrition they need, at lunch and break-times.
The Department of Education say, “Evidence from areas already providing universal free school meals show that children eating more healthily actually perform better in the classroom. Schools have reported better behaviour and a nicer atmosphere as a result of pupils eating together every day, so it’s great for children’s social skills too.”
But will free school meals mean further work for your admin staff, who will have to cope with an increase of meal selection forms coming into school and chasing replies from parents where forms have gone missing?
Quainton Primary School in Buckinghamshire, were worried about all the extra work free school meals could bring. School Bursar Sarah Collier told us, “We have always had to manually count meal choices on every form returned, which as you can imagine, was very time consuming. We were really nervous about going into the new academic year with a manual counting system, as this would have been even more difficult to manage.”
However, the school, and many other schools, have found the perfect solution with ParentMail’s online Dinner Booking form. Menu choices can be added to the form and then sent directly to parent’s to complete on their computer, tablet or mobile phone and return instantly. The responses are then automatically collated into a report, showing you exactly how many of each meal needed for the following week.
Previously, Quainton Primary, like many schools, would send out a printed menu and a form every week for parents to complete, but have found that now parents can complete forms on the mobile phone or computer, they’ve had an increase in responses: “We’ve really noticed an increase in the number of forms we’re getting back from parents now that they can complete them online, which means we don’t have to spend time chasing them for a response.”
Could our Forms, Permissions and Surveys app help your school from September? To arrange a free demonstration visit http://www.parentmail.co.uk/free-demonstration/ or leave a comment below to find out more.
We’ve come up with some top tips to help clubs cut back on admin time and communicate easily with parents.
Running a club can take a lot of organising, and reaching every child’s parent to let them know of time changes, match locations, cancellations, payments and more can be a stressful task! We’ve come up with some top tips to help clubs cut back on admin time and communicate easily with parentRunning a club can take a lot of organising, and reaching every child’s parent to let them know of time changes, match locations, cancellations, payments and more can be a stressful task! We’ve come up with some top tips to help clubs cut back on admin time and communicate easily with parents:
- Spend less time and money printing paper forms and documents, and send messages electronically to your parents – where they can read it on their mobile, tablet or computer at any time.
- Keep parents happy by texting them to tell them if an event has cancelled last minute, by using our Text app. Simply type your message and send to all your parents, reaching them before they leave the house and turn up to an empty room or field! You can also view your sent items and keep a track of how many texts you are sending.
- Telling your parents information at the beginning or end of an activity doesn’t always mean they will remember! Parents are busy, with 101 things going on, so when you tell them to bring something next week, they’re likely to forget! Use ParentMail to quickly email a message which they can pick up on their computer or mobile phone at any time.
- You can also set reminders (just in case they do forget!) So when you create your email, set an automatic reminder to be sent to them on the morning before their club starts.
- Need permissions for photos? Our Forms, Permissions and Surveys app means you can send a permission form to their phone (or tablet or computer) meaning mum or dad can complete it instantly and send it back to you. No need for paper going missing!
- For larger clubs, receiving payments can often be a struggle. With ParentMail +Pay, we take the stress away from you. Parents can receive a reminder when a payment is due, and simply log in and complete the payment online. No more chasing cheques or carrying loose change!
- Would you like some feedback from your parents about your club? Our Forms, Permissions and Surveys app improves the responses you get from parents – because they can complete it all from their mobile phone and send it back to you, even if they’re in the shops, at work or in bed!
Want to find out more about how we can help your club improve communication? Email email@example.com to arrange a demo or for more information, or tweet us @ParentMail
We know that many schools offer a wide range of sports clubs, but are your parents aware of them?
With the World Cup, Tour de France and Wimbledon taking over our television screens recently, children all over the UK have been inspired to take part in lots of different activities, encouraged by schools especially during National Sports Week.
However, Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw recently said that state schools denied competitive sport, arguing that too many professional athletes come from private schools. He went on to say that head teachers of state schools needed to stop treating competitive sport as an ‘optional extra’. The National Union of Teachers responded to this, saying Ofsted’s comparison between state and private school sport was “ridiculous”.
Another report from Helen Fraser, chief executive of the Girls Day School Trust (GDST), said that girls in particular, should take part more in competitive sport to build confidence and resilience. She concluded stating research that girls are far less active than boys is worrying.
According to the report, “research from the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation suggests only a quarter of girls in England meet current recommended levels of physical activity each week, with the proportion taking part in regular sport falling steeply after the age of 10.” Furthermore, it showed that one in five girls do no physical activity at all, twice the proportion of boys.
We know that many schools offer a wide range of sports clubs, whether that’s in lunchtime or after school – but are your parents aware of them? Sending letters and timetables home by pupil post can often result in information being left in the bottom of a school bag, meaning many children could be missing out on getting involved with sports.
With ParentMail, you can alert parents of new clubs, sports timetables and even cancellations all with our email and text system which goes straight to their computer or mobile phone. This information, received instantly by parents, could improve the uptake of children in your school getting involved in sports clubs or other extra-curricular activities.
And of course, our Forms, Permissions and Surveys app means you can get permissions in minutes, ask parents for feedback on clubs and complete registration forms instantly – all with a few simple clicks of the mouse! And don’t forget, simple online payments like our +Pay service could make collecting money for club membership even easier!
To get a free demonstration of ParentMail and all our Apps simply visit http://www.parentmail.co.uk/free-demonstration/ or leave a comment below.
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.
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.
An independent school in East Sussex, Deepdene School has really pleased all of its parents by communicating to them in a way that’s easy for them – either on their phones or computers.
The school use the email and text messaging service for everything, sending on average 7/8 emails out a week – because it’s so easy to send these communications home, it means more messages can be sent, which results in the parents feeling more involved with what’s going on in school. These messages contain information about sports, events, kit list, after school clubs and newsletters, and have been a real positive for the school.
School secretary Alison Taylor told us, “We’re quite a traditional school, so for us to use this fairly modern technology to communicate with parents was, I suppose, a bit of a gamble. But the parents are over the moon with it. We’re communicating with them more than we ever did before and they can access it instantly – which is why we have 100% of the parents using it.”
Deepdene also has a nursery which forms part of the school, with ParentMail being rolled out there and many parents also reacting positively to it. Alison said, “Those parents who aren’t signed up yet are often the ones missing out on information, even though we still send them paper copies. The majority of those using ParentMail know what’s going on, and it’s especially helpful to be able to see who has opened the messages and when – so that if they say we didn’t tell them something, we can prove we did!”
Alison also told us that the amount of time and resources they’ve saved has really surprised them, and has been further evidence that signing up to ParentMail was a great decision for the school: “I absolutely love ParentMail and so do the parents, I would recommend it to anybody.”
To arrange a free demonstration of ParentMail in your school, simply visit http://www.parentmail.co.uk/free-demonstration/ or leave a comment below.