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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.

For teachers and parents: expert stress management tips

Schools are set to reopen soon and that’s causing increased anxiety and stress for teachers, parents and children. We’ve compiled some tips to help you de-stress through the coronavirus pandemic.

Important app updates from Parentapps

Check out the latest app updates and new services which have been designed to benefit your communication with both parents and children.

5 activities to keep your kids entertained during lockdown

Keeping the children entertained during lockdown can be tough. We’ve compiled 5 fun activities that your children will enjoy and you can easily set up at home.

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

Due to school closures, teachers have had to adapt swiftly to digital learning and we’re seeing the confidence of schools and headteachers grow through digital platforms and using video to not only engage but also educate their students.

Struggling with homeschooling? Some advice from parents

We’ve shared some advice from parents on how they are homeschooling their children and juggling working from home at the same time.

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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