Choosing a Tutor in Preparation for Exams

Exam time can be a stressful period for everyone involved. If your child needs extra help in a particular subject, of course, you may be thinking of hiring a tutor to get them through or improve their grades. This is a good idea but choosing the right person can also...

Top Tips on Helping Your Child With Their Homework

Once children start school, parents have to consider the prospect of homework. While this can be an exciting time as your child begins to learn new things, it can also be pretty challenging. Children can be enthusiastic or resistant to homework depending on their...

School Communication Barriers

As a company that helps schools communicate better in this brilliant technological age, working to bring down barriers is one thing that we’re particularly focused on at Parentapps. Most teachers and heads of school understand that good communication and...

Parent’s Evening: Questions to Ask Teachers

One of the most important times that mums and dads get to meet teachers is during a parent’s evening. While these can be useful to understand how your child is doing in specific subjects and whether there are any problems, they can be quite hectic. Going in...

Help with Pupil Premium

Since the launch of the Universal Infant Free School Meal Policy, schools have struggled to get parents to register for Pupil Premium because there is no longer the same incentive for parents to do so. Whilst the increase in children receiving school meals is fantastic…

How Surveys Can Help Improve Parental Engagement

The Surveys feature of Parentapps Connect, provides schools and nurseries with an easy way to find out what is and isn’t working when it comes to parental engagement. And, because you can choose whether to send them to the whole school, particular year groups, or…

How your school’s app can help with phonics

Now that Spring has begun, it will soon be time to start preparing your pupils for the Phonics Key Stage 1 Screening Check. Many children could benefit from having extra phonics help at home. And, many parents would be more than happy to work with their children in…

How an app can help improve safeguarding

Safeguarding is one of the biggest areas of concern for any nursery or school today. And, as parental engagement specialists, it is something that we take into great consideration when building our communication apps. A secure parental communication app can help put…

The Benefits of Having a Nursery App

If you want to build better engagement and keep your current parents up to date with the latest developments, you should consider a dedicated communication app for your nursery.
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Why Should Your School Have a Dedicated App?

Apps are everywhere. Collectively we download billions of them to our mobile phones and tablets each year. We do our weekly food shops, book flights and bank all from apps on our mobile devices.
But is a dedicated app suitable for your school? Can it deliver better…

Think of your website as a portal. It’s a brilliant communication tool and one which can really highlight your successes and put your school on the map. Over time, your school website will be viewed by a variety of people including parents, pupils, Ofsted inspectors, those moving into the area and even those who are simply interested in what you are doing.

There are a variety of ways to make your school website more engaging and these simple measures can make a big difference to how that audience perceives you.

Here are just a few:

Have a School Logo

Most schools have some form of logo but if you haven’t thought about its design much in the past, now might be the time to do so. A great logo can help you stand out from the crowd and be easily recognisable.

But does the logo on the front of your school building look just as good when it’s viewed on a digital page? If not, it might be time to try a modern redesign.

Give Yourself a Strapline

What one line sums up your school? A strapline usually goes underneath the title of a page and is just a few short, but engaging words. It might be confirmation of what sort of school you are or it could be something inspirational, a quote or even a specialist subject that you are famous for.

Include Images and Video

Most successful websites don’t just use dry text. If you want to stand out, take more time over the images you use. Video is the most viewed medium on the internet nowadays so including some on your pages can make them come alive. A photo of your school in operation in the header area will also bring your home page to life.

Add News and Events

People really want to know what’s going on in your school and one place to do this is the news and events section of your site. It takes what can be normally quite dull material and breathes some life into it. A news section shows that you’re a school that engages it’s pupils and always has something going on.

Make it Easy to Navigate

Poor navigation is the main reason why people will come to your site and leave just as quickly. Sites that have been added to over the years generally become really difficult to navigate. If you want to make things easier, you need to regularly review the user experience or UX of your site so that information can be quickly found with just a few clicks of the mouse button.

Link Up To Social Media

Finally, websites don’t operate in a vacuum. Love it or hate it, most successful and engaging websites nowadays link up to social media accounts. It’s a way for parents and pupils to follow your activities and keep up to date with what’s going on.

Simple changes here and there can make a big difference to how stakeholders of all types engage with your website. If you would like your school site to have more impact, contact our development team today to find out how we can help.