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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.
Increasingly, organisations are choosing to create their own apps to complement their…

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…

Good communication is a key part of any successful school. For primary school heads, creating an attractive and informative online presence is important. Making sure that your website is up to date and really delivers what you need it to, however, can be a bit of a challenge.

There’s no doubt that your website counts for a lot. It’s one of the first things that Ofsted look at when they’re reviewing your primary school for its latest report. But it’s also the place that parents often look when they’re trying to find information.

Is It Time For a Website Revamp?

The trouble with many school websites is that they can become neglected. If your site hasn’t been updated for the last three years, for example, chances are that it might be looking outdated and a little jaded. It’s easy to think that it’s all working perfectly fine. Closer inspection, however, might tell a different story.

How usable is your site?

This is one of the key questions that many school heads don’t answer properly. Usability is an important factor in website design. It means parents can easily find what they want. Many sites will have pages and content added after the initial design which means it can become complicated to navigate over time.

The trouble is, the more complicated your site is, the more difficult it is to find things. Usability isn’t just about finding the right information either. If your pages take too long to download or some documents are out of date it can look bad in the eyes of a reviewing body like Ofsted. Not only that, you’re making it more difficult for parents to get what they need.

Are you mobile ready?

The majority of us nowadays view web pages on our mobile phones. That’s been the case for the last few years and it has big implications for web design. Your site basically needs to be mobile ready – that means it looks just as good on a smartphone as it does on a desktop. You’ll be surprised to learn that many primary school websites still don’t have this basic facility in place.

Get A Website Review

You may already be thinking about revamping your website and, if you are, we’re here to help. It’s always good practice to regularly check that your site is fulfilling all its potential. Most primary schools don’t have a dedicated IT support team on board who can do that and it’s a task that can often get put back because of more important issues.

At Parentapps, we have the team in place who will be able to work with you, audit your existing site and help you develop a new one in next to no time. The cost of building a website has come down dramatically in the last few years and it’s much easier to get a tailored solution that really makes a difference to your school.

Ofsted have fairly strict requirements for school websites and our team will be able to go through their checklist to make sure you are fully compliant. Not only that, you’ll be able to create a website that really catches the eye and stands out from the crowd in your local area.

If you want to make sure that your primary school website is up to speed and fit for purpose, contact our expert team today to see how we can help.