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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...

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.

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

How teachers are (admirably!) using video to engage students

Parentapps Team

We’re nearing the end of our sixth week in lockdown, which we’re sure has been a trying time for parents and teachers alike. Parents are now juggling homeschooling and work, and teachers have had to adapt swiftly to digital learning. Over the last few weeks, it has been great to witness the confidence of schools and headteachers grow through digital platforms. Changing the way they communicate with students, with many having never had to create a video and speak to an infinite online audience.

It’s been interesting to watch and engage with the variety of content schools are now sharing to engage their students.  We’ve gathered some of our favourite examples of schools using the medium of video to engage their students and the wider community.

From sharing recipe ideas, staff singing montages and trick shot strategies – you’re in for a treat as schools go above and beyond to put a smile on people’s faces.

Trick shot challenge video

Over at Manor High School, Headteacher Liam Powell shared a video of Head of PE, Joe Flax and other members of school staff, performing trick shots with tennis balls, hockey pucks and rugby balls. The video aims to inspire children to film themselves performing their own trick shots, with teachers then able to share them across social media channels for others to see.

This is an excellent opportunity to get children outside – igniting their competitive spirit!


Engaging students with singing

This video sees staff at The Evolve Trust, lead by CEO Claire-Marie Cuthbert, perform a mime of S Club 7’s ‘Reach’. Not only does it inject some much-needed positivity into the digital space, but it’s also a fantastic display of teachers letting their guard down to entertain both parents and students.

It made us smile – watch below!


Recipe video – how to make flapjacks!


Another fantastic way schools are engaging students is through video recipes. This one is from Ms Cheetham at Leeds Academy Trust and is the perfect example of how straightforward content can help both parents and students stave off the boredom with baking!


In this short video (only 50 seconds long), Ms Cheetham demonstrates just how easy it is to bake flapjacks using just four ingredients. This kind of content can be sent out via a communications app via SMS text or message, or simply shared on your school social media channels.


It’s these video strategies that can help your school keep in touch with parents without mentioning the word coronavirus!


In this time of uncertainty, what do parents need from your school now? Read our latest blog post to find out.

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