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How can you effectively manage digital change in UK schools? Change management strategies for you to try.

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...

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.

For teachers and parents: expert stress management tips

Parentapps Team

The last few months have been trying for everyone, and now that there’s talk of schools reopening – no one knows what that will look like yet, but perhaps in stages and with social distancing implemented – regardless of how it will work, the thought for teachers and parents is worrying.

Parents are worried about sending their children into schools, and teachers are concerned about the health and safety of everyone involved, including themselves.

The Government has asked schools in England to reopen on 1 June, but we’ve noticed that a lot of headteachers and their governors have made the proactive decision to keep as they are, for now. They have decided to continue to only take children of key workers, with many heads stating that it’s a risk they’re not willing to take.

Anxiety and stress for parents, teachers and pupils continue to rise with the uncertainty the immediate future brings. That’s why we’re sharing stress management tips to help you cope with your newfound anxieties throughout the coronavirus.

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Keep in touch with friends, family and other parents

In line with government guidance as of May 2020, you and another member of your household can now meet with one person outside of your household, outside and while maintaining social distancing. 

This means you can meet up outside, perhaps in a park or the beach with a friend or family member. You must however, stay two metres apart at all times.

Staying in touch with friends and family can help support you through this difficult time. According to the Mental Health Foundation, friendship plays a vital role in mental wellbeing. Although people who are suffering from mental health problems often want to see less of their friends, you must take the time to check in with them.

If you’re part of parent or teacher group, take the time to air your concerns through these groups. Sometimes, you need clarification from other parents or teaching professionals that you’re not alone in your worries. Everyone is in the same boat, and talking about your fears can help you feel less lonely and better connected throughout this pandemic.

 

Exercise to keep your body and mind healthy

The NHS has created three workout videos that are easy to understand and follow along with at home. If you’re anxious about leaving your house to exercise, there’s no reason you can’t keep active from your living room with your children.

Exercise has proven to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. According to the NHS, it can also reduce your risk of major illnesses including heart disease, stroke and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.

Joe Wicks is still creating PE-style workout videos for parents to do with their children at home. This is another excellent way to encourage the whole household to keep active each day and keep the boredom and stress at bay!

 

Focus on what you can and can’t control

This sound advice is from The Association for Science Education – you should hone in on what you can control. They suggest writing a list of your worries and then work out which items you can control – this exercise is great for both teachers and parents.

Try and let go of the worry attached to the uncontrollable items – it’s wasted energy, you simply can’t do anything about it. Worrying or not worrying won’t make the outcome any different.

We’re all doing our best, and that is all you can physically do amid this pandemic.

 

Stay safe!

 

Communicating with parents during the pandemic has been a struggle for lots of schools. Sending out letters by post is time consuming and costly, especially when government guidelines are changing regularly regarding the virus. With our school app you can send messages to parents at the click of a button. 

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