The Warriner School in rural Oxfordshire has been using our parental communication system, Groupcall Messenger, for several years now.
Parents’ evening is a hugely important night of the year for parents, teachers and most crucially, pupils. It provides the opportunity for parents to speak to the people that their children spend 30 hours a week with and to get an insight into how those hours are spent, their child’s progress and how their education can be optimised moving forward. This is why it’s so vitally important for parents’ evening to run smoothly. It’s a huge organisational undertaking for all parties involved; school staff must co-ordinate the logistics, parents have to sync their availability with that of the teachers they wish to see, and often, particularly in the case of secondary schools, students have to liaise with their teachers to book appointments on behalf of their parents.
We know that every school that uses Groupcall Messenger sees parental engagement and communication as a priority. Indeed, it has been proven that effective engagement with parents consequently improves student attendance and attainment.
|The new-look Messenger is now ready for you to use!
Our amazing techy team listened to the feedback they’ve been given from customers and worked hard to create something even more intuitive, easy to use, quick and functional than already existed. The ‘tiles’ layout means that every process is right in front of you, and although it goes without saying that we are always at the end of the phone if you need a hand, we think that many people will just be able to dive straight into using it without any additional training, it’s that simple! Click here to try it out if you haven’t already. Please note: if you are a Messenger 4 user, you will not currently be able to benefit from the new features and you will need to be upgraded to Messenger v5. This improvement is complimentary and our team will be in contact with you shortly to arrange a suitable time for the upgrade to take place.
Wow, can you believe that it's the end of February already?!
Sometimes we use characters in messages sent via Groupcall Messenger that are used less often e.g. the £ character, or a ¬ or sometimes 'fancy' quotation marks, as well as many characters used in foreign languages. In these cases, in order for the message to display correctly when they are received, we need to send them using a different system, this system is called Unicode. This is great, but it does mean that each of the characters now takes twice the space that it did previously (even the regular characters!).