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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…

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT

The Benefits of a New School Website

Parentapps, Marketing Team

There’s no doubt that digital technology has made a big difference to the modern world. Whether you’re a business trying to find customers or a school that wants to impress parents and stand out from the crowd, making sure you are up to speed when it comes to your website is important.

School heads know that good communication is key and one the easiest ways to stay connected to parents and pupils is through the school website.

Lack of time and lack of money can often mean that this method of staying in contact with the wider world is neglected. Ideally, websites need to be updated at least every three years if you want them to have access to the latest advances in digital technology.

The good news is that undertaking a website review and updating your online presence is not as complicated or time consuming as many heads believe. Neither is it as expensive as it used to be.

What Are The Benefits?

  1. An updated website puts you ahead of the competition and allows you to stand out better. One key aspect of web design that has changed a lot and becomes more sophisticated over the last few years is UX. This important part of the design process looks at the usability of your site – for instance, how easy it is to navigate and whether it delivers on your parents’ expectations or not.
  2. You have the opportunity to better brand and design your school website so that it really looks the part. Organisations such as Ofsted are very keen on schools developing their online presence to improve engagement with stakeholders like parents. A new website gives you the opportunity to boost your profile and deliver on those expectations.
  3. If you’ve had your existing website up for a while now, the chances are you will have out of date information and documentation that needs to be changed. You may also have issues with your website security that can be improved with an update.
  4. One issue that many school heads aren’t aware of when it comes to websites is mobile readiness. Most of us nowadays are accessing the internet via our smartphones, often while we’re on the move. If your website hasn’t been coded to be optimised for mobile then the majority of people who visit it will not be able to see your site properly. There’s an easy way to check. Look at your school website on a mobile phone – if it looks the same as on your desktop then you are definitely not mobile ready.
  5. Finally, having your website updated makes it more engaging. This gives you the opportunity to build in more content, organise things better and engage parents more effectively.

At Parentapps, our dedicated team can help you develop a new school website that really stands out, meets stakeholder needs and ticks all the right boxes for your next Ofsted inspection.

If you’d like to find out more, contact our team today and discover how we can make your site the best it can be at a price you can easily afford.