January 11, 2017 by Terry Freedman

Technology as a tool for teacher retention

With technology playing a larger and larger part in the day-to-day working of a school, have you ever stopped to think of the cost of not using technology, or making poor use of what you have?

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January 05, 2017 by Terry Freedman

Making your messages readable

When it comes to sending out messages to parents, pupils — or even the public via your school website — one of the most important things you must do is make it readable. In other words, it must be clear and easily understood. Fortunately, there are several tools available to help you achieve simplicity.

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December 16, 2016 by Jocy Levy

Saving time and money and improving learning with EdTech

According to Wikipedia, EdTech is “the study and ethical practice of facilitating, learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.”

In our language (the language of education service providers, educationalists and educators) this simply translates to using technology to improve educational outcomes. Originally EdTech included things like ICT suites and interactive whiteboards; things that are used in the classroom in direct tandem with the students. But now there are many types of EdTech that are actually designed for the adults in the school community, and used wisely have a hugely positive impact on parents, school staff and students alike.

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December 09, 2016 by Groupcall

A call to action

When you send emails and text messages to parents, what do you want them to do? Your immediate answer may be "I want them to read it, of course!" But then the next question is, "OK, but then what do you want them to do?"

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December 07, 2016 by Groupcall

Saving time and money with Emerge

Teachers just want to teach. Unfortunately, they inevitably have to be involved in administration too. Even taking the register can easily turn into an almighty hassle. How can Groupcall Emerge help? In this article we look at what Emerge does, and have asked two headteachers about their experiences of implementing it in their schools.

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December 02, 2016 by Graham Reed

The value of your MIS data

I have worked with and around Management Information Systems (MIS) for my entire professional career. When I first started out in education, school data was restricted to a few individuals in the main office, in a single database, and management of it was considered a dark art. I am sure this is a common memory for anyone who has worked in education for over 10 years!

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November 25, 2016 by Andrew Mulholland

10 Steps to Better Parental Involvement in Education

10 Steps to Better Parental Involvement in Schools

There are many benefits to parental involvement in school activity, including improved grades, higher student attendance and better attitude and behaviour, towards both parents and teachers.

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November 11, 2016 by Terry Freedman

7 reasons to have a school blogging team

Lots of schools have a blog these days. But a school blog is difficult to keep up-to-date and interesting, and even just keeping up with the writing can be hard work. And unfortunately, there's nothing that is much worse on a school website than to see the words "Last updated on...", followed by a date of three months ago.

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October 31, 2016 by Jocy Levy

Do you know the true cost of paper at your school?

The environmental, monetary and time savings your school can make by going paperless.

Paper cuts are no one’s idea of fun! They arrive uninvited and always leave us wondering how something so small can be so painful. But did you know there is a different kind of paper cut – the kind of paper cut your school can make itself, saving money, time and the environment in the process? Now that we’re on the same page…(Let’s try to avoid any more paper-based puns from now on)

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October 28, 2016 by Terry Freedman

Ours is a GOOD school

Sometimes I drive past schools that have a banner announcing that Ofsted says they are a GOOD school – perhaps your school has such a banner.

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