February 24, 2017 by Terry Freedman

Reducing teacher workload

According to recent research, workload is the single biggest reason that teachers leave the profession. Apart from the human cost in terms of stress, there is also the huge financial and economic cost of replacing staff:

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Filed Under: Teacher retention

February 16, 2017 by Terry Freedman

Making your school website the go-to place for parents

How and why

How do you encourage parents to visit the school’s website, and why should you even want to?

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Filed Under: parental engagement,

February 09, 2017 by Terry Freedman

The Importance of Being There

Woody Allen famously observed that 80 percent of success is showing up. He was referring to the process of being selected for an acting part in a film, but it’s broadly true in life in general, and certainly school in particular.

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Filed Under: parental engagement,, child safety

February 01, 2017 by Terry Freedman

Keeping Kids Safe


One of the events that should be in every school’s calendar is Safer Internet Day, which this year falls on 7th February. Intended to promote awareness and discussion of how to keep youngsters safe online, it involves classroom activities and discussions, and can be quite exciting, especially for younger children.

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Filed Under: parental engagement,, child safety, Social media

January 19, 2017 by Groupcall

The importance of communicating with and for parents

The 2016 annual Ofsted report, and makes for very interesting reading with regard to parents; it goes into detail about what good communication looks like and what poor communication looks like. Don’t worry about the fact that some of these excerpts were not written about your type of school: the principles are universal. 

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January 19, 2017 by Terry Freedman

10 must-visit places at the Bett show

If you’re interested in improving parental engagement with your school, you’re in luck. Bett 2017 has several must-visit areas.

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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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