Secondary School Apps
When it comes to secondary school, young people start to face some big choices ahead of them. Once GCSE’s are done – is it time for sixth form college, a path towards university, or technical qualifications and apprenticeships? At this crucial time, parental engagement in education is essential, as the support offered to students need to come from both school and home. So how can secondary schools benefit from using an app?
● Key events: Secondary schools will often run a large number of events for students and their parents, especially when it comes to exam periods and big decisions. Having notifications and a calendar of events linked directly to your school app will boost parental engagement at these presentations and meetings that would otherwise go unnoticed.
● Reducing comms costs: Of course, frequent communication comes at a cost, especially with printing and text message use! However, with a school app, you can reduce these costs by uploading the information in a central system, pushing it out to parents as a group, rather than as individual messages, so you benefit from economies of scale – for big schools with numerous large classes, this can be invaluable.
● Time for technology: There has been a widespread trend for schools adopting new technologies for teaching, learning and administration, but ensuring that these investments provide actual benefits to your students and the wider school community is crucial. A school app provides benefit in boosting parental engagement, evidencing your students’ achievements and how the school is progressing to Ofsted and governors, and reduces administration through streamlining the communications process.
“"[Our school app] has significantly reduced the cost of postage and text messages. The annual cost of the mobile app is very low; it actually costs us more to send out two whole school letters! It saves us money on postage, paper, printing and labour for enveloping and stamping the mail."
- PA to Headteacher, Baysgarth Secondary School