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Engage Parents Better - A BT Lancashire Services and Groupcall Messenger User Group Meeting

By Jocy Levy |   Sep 28, 2015

Groupcall Messenger users: Do you need to improve the way that you use Groupcall Messenger? Have you heard about the latest updates, such as translating incoming messages from a foreign language to English, or the new Xpressions app, which allows parents to receive notifications as their child progresses in school? Or, are you investigating the need for a new system? Do you want to find out how to make savings and increase efficiencies within your school?

This autumn Groupcall is kicking off a series of User Group Meetings for our customers and prospective customers.

We have built our User Group Meetings to answer the needs of two groups within schools:

The users

The ‘User group’ part of the meeting provides a forum for sharing ideas and best practice. If you want to get more from your system or understand nifty ways of achieving outcomes through the systems, come and receive training on the latest updates and speak with other users to solve any challenges you may face.

The budget holders

We have added ‘Drop in and discover’ sessions to the meetings, where the value of our products can be better illustrated and understood. If you are a budget holder or are analysing what a new parental communication system such as Messenger can do for your school, take forty minutes out of your day and drop in, say hello and we will walk you through the cost savings, time efficiencies and what it means to be a Groupcall school. You can also take a look at the Emerge app, perfect for remote registration along with having your school’s MIS data in the palm of your hand!

The evidence for attending speaks for itself. Based on similar 2014 and 2013 user groups, schools think this type of training is effective:

"Well delivered, good presentations" – Preston based school in Lancashire

"Picked up useful tips for finding my way round v5 more effectively"- Bournemouth based school in Dorset

"Excellent and informative" – Manchester based school

"Very interesting, especially attendance" – Carmarthen based school in Wales

"Brilliant, very friendly, helpful staff" – Huddersfield based school in West Yorkshire

"I came expecting very little and left much better informed" – Haringey based school in London

"Glad I signed up to attend, too many [most useful aspects of the day] to mention" – Dudley based school in the West Midlands

So, if you are researching ways to introduce cost savings or improve productivity through technology; if you want to learn more about Messenger or speak with other users, come along to one of our user group meetings. They start this October in Lancashire (more dates to be added).

Tuesday 20th October, Chorley, Lancashire – BT Lancashire Services and Groupcall

In October 2015, BT Lancashire Services will team up with Groupcall to deliver a CPD-certified User Group Meeting to help you engage your parents better and get more out of Messenger. This event is also offering a £10 Amazon gift voucher (*see terms) for those who bring a colleague from another school. http://engageyourparents.eventbrite.co.uk

User group (09:30 – 12:00)

This training event will update you on how to get more from Messenger and its new features such as:

  • Incoming messages can now be translated from a foreign language
  • Incoming messages now write back to the attendance notes field
  • A dedicated wizard to help you invite new staff to begin using Messenger
  • Send a message to a group based on any unresolved unauthorised absence codes
  • Groupcall Xpressions app – parents can download the app for free to receive messages, notifications and other information directly to their phone or tablet. The school is able to send free messages via push notifications.

It will also look at the state of school communications and innovations in this area, so that you get the best possible grounding in understanding how to get the most out of your communications system.

This complimentary event is a great chance to see all the new features of Messenger as well as to meet other users and ensure that you and your colleagues are using Messenger to its full potential.

Amazon gift voucher promotion terms:

Get a £10 Amazon voucher for you and a £10 voucher for a colleague from another existing or potential Groupcall Messenger school. Simply add a 'limited availability' ticket for yourself and a 'bring a colleague' ticket to your basket on this page. £10 Amazon vouchers will be distributed on the day (one per person) to those who attend. Vouchers can be spent on anything, including school stationery to sports equipment.

Drop in and discover (13:00 – 14:30)

Are you researching parental communication systems, do you want to be able to illustrate how you can make cost savings or improve the productivity of your admin team? Do you just want help drawing up a short list?

Our specialists will deliver demonstrations from 1pm aimed at new customers who have yet to experience the full potential of Messenger or Emerge. We encourage all our existing customers to refer friends and colleagues who have yet to see Messenger or Emerge to attend this particular session.

If you are new to Groupcall, just turn up, say hello and one of our specialists will be able to help you at your convenience.

Full agenda and details:

Engage Parents Better

A BT Lancashire Services and Groupcall Messenger User Group Meeting

Tuesday 20th October 2015

9.30-12.00 - User group

13:00-15:00 - Drop in and discover

Woodlands Conference Centre

Southport Road

PR7 1QR Chorley

For tickets, register today: http://engageyourparents.eventbrite.co.uk

Future events

Please bear with us while get a schedule of future dates confirmed, or e-mail: sales@groupcall.com for more information.

No smartphones for young children

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By Jocy Levy |   Sep 06, 2015

A brand new version of A Level Maths is entering the curriculum. The Department of Education has crated a ‘real life’ maths exam that teaches sixth formers the sort of maths that will impact their everyday adult lives. The areas studied include working out interest and currency rates and how to use these skills to run a business or pick the best mortgage for them. The skills acquired will also prove useful if students want to go onto study courses that include maths skills but are not maths-based, such as economics, geography and social science. It’s hoped that studying the ‘real life’ maths will increase the number of pupils leaving school with the vital skills that universities and employers consider important.

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