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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…

There’s no doubt that a well-designed school website is a powerful tool for communication. Regularly updating your site, however, to ensure that it meets current requirements is important.

If it’s been a few years since you did that, it could be time to take a closer look at how responsive your site currently is.

What is Mobile Readiness?

It’s about ten years ago that Apple issued the first iPhone and things have changed pretty quickly since then. We use our smartphones for a lot nowadays and that includes searching the web. Old style websites weren’t geared to being shown such on a small screen – the text is tiny and it’s pretty difficult to navigate.

To compensate, developers began including code that made sites mobile friendly. The benefit of this is that anyone viewing your site, on any device, will be able to use it without squinting their eyes or trying to expand the page.

If you’re school website is fairly old, the chances are that it won’t be mobile ready at all and that could mean you are missing out on a whole bunch of communication opportunities with pupils and parents as well as local stakeholders.

Poor websites can be penalised by Ofsted and that includes if you haven’t updated your pages to make them mobile ready.

How To Check If Your School Website is Mobile Friendly

It’s actually pretty easy to check whether your school site is fit for mobile users. Just pick up your smartphone and bring up the home page. If it looks like it does on a desktop and the writing is too small to see, that should signify that you have a problem.

You may also find that your website is mobile friendly but that it’s not as easy to navigate as you hoped. That could be down to the underlying coding or even the usability of the site. That may mean, therefore, you need to update the design so that it works better for parents and pupils.

What to Do Next

Mobile readiness isn’t the only thing that you need to have in place for your school website. Ofsted has a whole list of different compliance guidelines that are designed to make communication better. It can be difficult to track these so the first thing you need to do is have a full audit of your site.

At Parentapps.com, we know all there is to know about Ofsted compliance and can take an impartial look at your current school website. That includes helping you create a site that is mobile ready and responsive, whatever device it is being viewed on. We can also assist with ensuring that your site has a good level of usability and is fit for purpose.

We are even able to advise on areas such as great content creation and how to protect your site users in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. If it’s been a while since your school website was updated and you are worried that it is not mobile ready, contact our professional and friendly team today to find out more.