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School Apps for Parents

School Apps for ParentsParentapps TeamBefore technological advances it was challenging for schools to communicate with the parents of pupils en masse. Until very recently even with the progression of the Internet, school communication had improved vastly but still...

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Plenty of schools are now moving towards academy status with more opportunity to innovate and provide higher levels of teaching.

How to support children adjusting to a new ‘normal’ in a school setting

School’s out for summer! Not that the previous term was traditional schooling per se, but still, the summer holidays are upon us. Although we’re all hoping for further relaxation of COVID restrictions, it has been announced already that schools are to return in September 2020, to start their new school year.

Why is effective communication in schools Important?

While most of the work done by schools is focused educating their pupils, many head teachers realise the importance of maintaining and constantly improving communication parents.

What do schools think of Parentapps?

Our latest app updates have been well received by our current customers – particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout this period, we have continued to provide a high level of customer support remotely and ensured school’s can communicate effectively!

What will education look like after COVID-19?

Education will undoubtedly look different after COVID – it already looks different. From social distancing measures to implementing new procedures to keep staff and children safe. Although this period has been stressful for everyone across the country, some changes could be made for the better.

What can our Homework Hub do for your school?

We brought forward the launch of our Homework Hub to help schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Parents and students can download and submit homework, as well as live chat with teachers. It’s already helped numerous schools through the pandemic, and would benefit your school too.

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Coronavirus has put a lot of processes on hold, but interviewing candidates for new job roles still needs to be done. Using video conferencing tools like Zoom enables schools to interview and onboard new staff and teachers remotely.

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Parentapps Blog
2019 a year in review: app improvements and plans for 2020
Parentapps Team
As 2019 draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect on another exciting year here at Parentapps!
Since founding the company back in 2015, we’ve gone from strength to strength and this year has been no different – we’ve made some significant changes to the platform and implemented much-appreciated feedback from our users.

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Parents us our app!

Some of our key achievements for 2019

This year, we were proud to launch our new Parentapps Connect App back in January. This is the first app we’ve launched in four years – so it was an exciting development for our whole team!

The new platform includes features suggested by our users to make the platform work even better for them. We highly value all our app feedback – the learnings we take from this feedback are instrumental in helping us develop and better the app functionality.

At Parentapps, we aim to deliver an app that saves our schools and academies time and money while helping improve parental engagement. So it’s great that we’ve been able to include new and exciting features into our latest version of the app.

We have now successfully migrated over 400 schools, nurseries and organisations from our old app across to our brand new platform. We hope this new platform offers users the best possible experience for both our schools and our 100,000-strong cohort of busy parents now using our app to make school communications even more accessible.

So what are our plans for 2020?

Our plans don’t slow down for 2020 – that’s for sure! We have a range of exciting updates planned for the year.

Updates to the app are imminent, with improvements being made to our electronic form system.

These improvements will enable both schools and academies to view who has/has not filled in a form sent through the app. The update will allow the school to resend the form to those who have yet to respond. This means the need to submit further notifications or alerts to parents who have already replied is no more!

This update will also enable schools to message parents from a mobile device – so there’s no need to rush back to your computer if you need to respond quickly. Mobile functionality is something we have heavily invested in to make the app even more accessible to anyone who needs to use it.

With our nation slowly adapting to cashless systems, it’s crucial for us to move with trends and to offer the most modernised version of our school communications app, that’s why we’re hoping for 2020, we will be able to offer in-app payment functionality.

We are currently in the final stages of a strategic partnership with a leading payment provider. This partnership will allow parents to pay for items such as school meals, trips out, breakfast and after school clubs – with ease. They’ll be no need for parents to carry cash with them for these items.

As if that wasn’t enough for 2020! We will also be working hard on our new parent booking system. This system can take care of booking all kinds of events, including parents evening and after school clubs.

Our school communication app aims to improve communication between schools and parents – so we always welcome feedback from both parents and schools.

 

If you’d like to discuss how we can help your school build meaningful relationships with parents, book a 30-day free trial our app today and see what you’ve been missing!

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