Schools are always looking at different and more effective ways to communicate with pupils and parents.
One of the time-honoured ways is to produce a regular weekly newsletter. It gives your school the opportunity to tell parents about upcoming events and what is happening in the days to come and is a great way to improve engagement.
With advances in technology in recent years, however, you might like to consider replacing that weekly newsletter with a school app that can offer a much wider range of benefits.
School App vs Weekly Newsletter
Digital communication is quick and effective. Most of us nowadays, including parents, have mobile phones and use it for texting and engaging on social media as well as searching the internet. Switching to a school app is a good idea for this simple reason.
A few years ago, if you were producing a weekly newsletter you had two choices. You could either post it online and email it to recipients or you produced a hardcopy and sent it out to parents with all the costs that involved.
An app has a number of other advantages and allows you to send information at the touch of a button. That could include notifications sent directly to the smartphone or tablet desktop, details about current policies, news about upcoming events and a whole host of other information.
You connect the app into your current admin management system and handle things like sickness and absence. You will be able to make timetables immediately available and improve overall communication across the board in a whole host of ways.
If you are developing newsletters or direct letters to parents, you can do it in a highly targeted manner with a school app. Perhaps you want to send one message to one year and another separate newsletter to another. It’s perfectly simple to do when you have your own, dedicated school app.
Of course, Ofsted are committed to improving communication between schools and parents so that there is better engagement. The technology that allows us to develop cutting edge apps now means we can do this on-demand and tailored to individual school needs. The cost has also come down in addition to all the great technology that we now have available.
An app should help your school reduce the time it spends on creating newsletters and cut down the cost and time of getting that information out to parents.
How Parentapps Can Help
The team at Parentapps are here to help you take the first steps to replace your weekly newsletter with a school app that has far greater potential. We’ll work with you to discover what solutions you want to find to improve communication and come up with ideas that make a difference.
Your school app is easy to download onto a smartphone or tablet and it’s simple to manage subscribers. You can tailor your messaging to a higher degree than ever before and find uses for your app that you may not have even thought of previously.
If you are searching for a way to upgrade your communications and reduce your costs, contact the team at Parentapps today.