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Benefits of joining a Multi Academy Trust

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.

How to conduct a virtual job interview for your school

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.

How to use video marketing to showcase your school

Learn more about how video marketing can benefit your school with these helpful tips and advice.

The Parentapps features that can help schools social distance

Asking children, especially young children, to social distance is a tall order. We’ve compiled the ways our school app can help teachers, students and parents socially distance through the pandemic.

Coronavirus: what has the UK learnt from Denmark’s schools?

We’re sharing some of the strategies Denmark has implemented to ensure parents, teaching staff and pupils can be confident in the knowledge their school is fully prepared.

Struggling with homeschooling? Some advice from parents
Parentapps Team

If you feel like you’re running out of ideas to keep your kids entertained during lockdown, fear not. We’ve gathered five fantastic activities to help you entertain your children through this difficult period.

If you’re looking for free homeschooling resources, we’ve gathered a few together in our blog post: free homeschooling resources for parents and teachers.

 

Get water or chalk painting the patio

Mummy blogger and podcaster Alison Perry suggests letting your children loose on your patio. Equipped with a pot of water and a paintbrush (assuming your patio is dry), you can let your kids create pictures with their water – no washing required.

If you’ve got coloured chalk and don’t mind them drawing on your patio, use this instead to make colourful creations for your backyard.

We spotted these chalk drawings on our daily exercise:

Get building LEGO

Homeschooling resource website Free Homeschool Deals has created a 30-day LEGO challenge, with a printable resource. The challenge helps inspire children (and adults!) to make new LEGO builds each day – and every day presents a new challenge – day two states “NASA needs you to build a new rocket” and day 26 “you’re elected ruler. Build a flag for your land.”

Download your free printable version of the LEGO challenge.

Utilise a toll of old wallpaper 

We’ve noticed this pop up a few times online – and it’s a brilliant idea. It’s an activity that’s fun, educational and creative. With a roll of old wallpaper, get your child to lie down and draw around them. Cut them out and ask them to select an organ in the human body, each day, draw and cut out a new organ from your roll of wallpaper. 

Get them to stick the organ to their paper body. Every day they’re learning about the human body and have the chance to get creative and colour in. 

Brilliant!

 

 

Draw along with Rob Biddulph 

Rob Biddulph is an author and illustrator from London. And when lockdown came into force, he used his creative talent for good when he produced tutorial videos on how you can draw spectacular animals for yourself. All you need is a pen and paper.

Rob creates new videos each Tuesday and Thursday, published at 10 am. You can keep up-to-date with the #drawwithrob videos here.

Here’s one of Rob’s latest videos where he shows you how to draw a sheep, watch below. 

 

Friend pen pals 

Before the era of mobile phones and the internet, pen pals were recognised as a way of staying in touch with friends you met on holiday. Why not revert to this form of communication and get your child to send their friends letters? This exercise not only helps strengthen their grammar and vocabulary, but it also helps them better their storytelling skills.

It’s nice to see their face light up when they receive mail, too!

 

If you’re struggling with homeschooling, you might find this advice comforting. We spoke with three parents, and they have some tips for you.

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