NEW

Digital change management in schools: how to onboard staff

How can you effectively manage digital change in UK schools? Change management strategies for you to try.

School Apps for Parents

School Apps for ParentsParentapps TeamBefore technological advances it was challenging for schools to communicate with the parents of pupils en masse. Until very recently even with the progression of the Internet, school communication had improved vastly but still...

Benefits of joining a Multi Academy Trust

Plenty of schools are now moving towards academy status with more opportunity to innovate and provide higher levels of teaching.

How to support children adjusting to a new ‘normal’ in a school setting

School’s out for summer! Not that the previous term was traditional schooling per se, but still, the summer holidays are upon us. Although we’re all hoping for further relaxation of COVID restrictions, it has been announced already that schools are to return in September 2020, to start their new school year.

Why is effective communication in schools Important?

While most of the work done by schools is focused educating their pupils, many head teachers realise the importance of maintaining and constantly improving communication parents.

What do schools think of Parentapps?

Our latest app updates have been well received by our current customers – particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout this period, we have continued to provide a high level of customer support remotely and ensured school’s can communicate effectively!

What will education look like after COVID-19?

Education will undoubtedly look different after COVID – it already looks different. From social distancing measures to implementing new procedures to keep staff and children safe. Although this period has been stressful for everyone across the country, some changes could be made for the better.

What can our Homework Hub do for your school?

We brought forward the launch of our Homework Hub to help schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Parents and students can download and submit homework, as well as live chat with teachers. It’s already helped numerous schools through the pandemic, and would benefit your school too.

How to conduct a virtual job interview for your school

Coronavirus has put a lot of processes on hold, but interviewing candidates for new job roles still needs to be done. Using video conferencing tools like Zoom enables schools to interview and onboard new staff and teachers remotely.

How to use video marketing to showcase your school

Learn more about how video marketing can benefit your school with these helpful tips and advice.

Parentapps Blog
What parents need from your school now
Parentapps Team
Your school is open but only to those children who have ‘key workers’ as parents or guardians. But what about all the parents at home left struggling to balance homeschooling with everyday life – a life that might include a full-time or part-time job?
Homeschooling is tough. Parents aren’t teachers, and they’ve been forced into managing their child’s school itinerary, keeping them happy and engaged inside the confines of their own homes and are themselves learning to adapt to remote working conditions for their job.

This scenario won’t last forever – and we all must remember that. But while it does last, it’s a balancing act and requires a whole new level of patience.

So what do parents need from your school right now?

Source: Unsplash.com

 

Support

Although support in the traditional sense can’t necessarily be achieved (in-person meetings, for example), you can still support parents from a distance. Taking the time to collect relevant articles and resources and sharing your knowledge with them can help your parents feel supported. 

Although it’s important not to overload your teachers with work at this point, asking them to keep in touch with the parents in their class, can ensure parents have a specific contact for information or help and guidance with school resources.

It’s crucial that parents understand what is expected of them and also what isn’t. Sometimes, all it takes is to emphasise with the parent’s situation and reassure them that keeping their child entertained is pretty much all that matters – not stringent timetables, or full hours of maths, English and science. Juggling a job and keeping their attention on all subjects for five to six hours a day just isn’t realistic. Making learning fun but not exhaustive is the goal – the entire household is tired and confined within four walls.

As the adage states “this too shall pass”.

 

Clear communication

Clarity and communication are two elements that should work together. Clear communication is imperative at a time of uncertainty – as much for the parent as the teacher. The teacher might want to know how their students are and whether they can help support the parent further by sharing additional resources. 

After all, the teacher knows the children both academically and personally. Spending each day with them, working together on building trust and respect has suddenly disappeared. It is therefore vital that teachers can communicate with parents to understand how the child is progressing, helping where they can.

 

Resources

We are in full admiration of all school staff members – teaching and non-teaching – who have had to adapt so quickly to working remotely and managing communication off-site but yet are still able to support the parents fully.

While schools have adapted to offer necessary resources online or via letters, there are many other resources out there that you might not be aware of. From free subscriptions to learn a new language to free audiobooks from Audible. Many companies have gone above and beyond offering subscriptions completely free of charge.

We have gathered some of the top free resources to help support the homeschooling of children – (teachers, please feel free to share them with your parents!)

 

Before you go

Here at Parentapps, we’re trying our best to support all teachers, that’s why we’re offering a free trial of our communication app. Communicate clearly and instantly with every parent.

With more time on your hands, now is the time to explore new communication options for your school.

Get in touch with us to find out more or sign up for your free 30-day trial. 

Still not sure whether a communication app is a good decision? Watch our video testimonials from satisfied customers!

Share This