Looking back – a review of 2019
2020 is here, marking the close of another decade. For ParentMail, it promises to be an exciting year – we are fast approaching our 20th birthday! But, before we plough ahead with the coming 12 months, there is much to look back on and celebrate from the year just gone. Here’s our review of 2019!
2019 was a busy year for our schools and we have the stats to prove it. Over the past 12 months:
- You sent nearly two million emails, keeping parents up to date with the latest school news and information
- Over 11 thousand parents’ evenings were arranged using our paperless parents’ evening platform, with more than 2.5 million parents booking appointments online
- You sent over 125 thousand online forms, gathering over 2.5 million paperless responses.
You’re busier than ever and we’ve been working away behind the scenes to support you; here’s what we got up to during 2019.
Product updates and new functionality
Without our customers, we wouldn’t be where we are today. With your help and feedback, we continue to enhance and develop our platforms to meet the ever-changing needs of schools.
In summer 2019, we set out to upgrade +Pay to make online payment management even easier for parents and schools.
New advance bookings functionality streamlines wraparound care, breakfast clubs and school dinners, keeping things simple for schools. Parents can book club places and pay in one simple process; for school lunches, parents choose menu items and top up lunch money with a few clicks.
Want to know more? Read the blog.
We became part of something bigger
Two years after being bought by IRIS Software Group, today ParentMail is one part of IRIS Education, a family of leading software providers including PS Financials, BioStore, FasTrak and Contact Group.
We’re busy exploring opportunities to integrate our platforms, with the objective of delivering an even better experience for schools.
Looking ahead, we’re also excited for IRIS World, set to take place on 11th February at the ICC Birmingham. School leaders from across the country are gathering under one roof for a day of knowledge-sharing, networking and sector news.
What better way to explore ParentMail than with our new webinar series? Schools across the country took the opportunity to see our platform in action last year, setting aside less than an hour of their day to see what else ParentMail could do for them.
For those too busy to join us, don’t worry – you can find our webinars here, available to watch at your own convenience.
Psst! With parents’ evening season just around the corner, now is the perfect opportunity to check out the Parents’ Evening Manager webinar. Paperless event planning is just a few clicks away!
We continue to develop our free mobile parent app to make managing school life even easier. This year saw a number of updates to improve the user experience and all our hard work must be paying off, with many users leaving us some fantastic feedback over the year!
“At last a parent friendly parent app!”
“Safe and reliable.”
“Easy to use. Keeps me up to date.”
We wouldn’t be where we are without our schools and we would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of our valuable customers for choosing ParentMail to upgrade their parent engagement.
We’re excited for everything 2020 holds and wish you all a productive and successful new year!