News Releases

News releases and case studies from Contact Group

Addressing bullying in the digital world

by Cathie on 12 November 2013

The recent survey by charity BeatBullying shows that children starting secondary school are the most concerned about being bullied.  Read More

Personalised school app keeps parents updated

by Jessica on 16 September 2013

Contact Group, provider of school-home communications solutions, has launched OurSchoolsApp, a personalised app that keeps parents updated with school information for free.  Read More

Contact Group adds Reggie to its portfolio

by Jessica on 10 September 2013

Contact Group, providers of school-home communications solutions, has added Reggie®, one of the world’s first mobile student registration apps to its product portfolio.  Read More

Looked after children and the role that Local Authorities play

by Jessica on 03 September 2013

Stephen Clarke discusses the benefits of Looked After Call in tracking Looked After Children to ensure that vulnerable children are getting the best possible outcomes.  Read More

Tupton Hall school takes positive action against bullying with Text Someone

by Jessica on 29 August 2013

Tupton Hall School in Derbyshire is using Contact Group’s Text Someone anti-bullying solution which encourages young people to report via text and online 24/7 incidents of bullying or any anti-social behaviour directly to schools. Martin Ebbage, Deputy Headteacher, discusses how  Read More

Seaton House saves time, money and trees using Call Parents

by Jessica on 29 August 2013

Seaton House School in Sutton, Surrey, is keeping parents instantly updated with school information through the Call Parents automatic notification system. Previously the school staff would spend hours typing letters, photocopying, and chasing up responses over the phone, now th  Read More

College students 'talk with their thumbs' to report bullying

by Jessica on 29 August 2013

Sir Jonathan North Community College (SJNCC) in Leicester is using Contact Group’s Text Someone anti-bullying solution to encourage its students to report any incidents of bullying or anti-social behaviour via text or online, 24/7.  Read More

Text Someone developed to encourage young people to report bullying

by Jessica on 29 August 2013

Leicester City Council (LCC) has developed a technology with software provider Contact Group which encourages young people to report 24/7 via text, phone and online incidents of bullying or any anti-social behaviour directly to schools. Dr Joe Dawson, Principal Educational Psych  Read More

St Mary's Primary School - enhancing communications with parents

by Jessica on 29 August 2013

Mary Harbinson, Headteacher, St. Mary’s Primary School, Northern Ireland, agrees with recent research confirming that parental involvement in children’s education from an early age has a significant effect on educational achievement and for that reason she has made communication  Read More

Rising postage prices prompt schools to reduce costs by texting letters to parents

by Cathie on 03 May 2012

With Ofcom’s recent announcement, increasing first class stamps from 46p to 60p and second class stamps from 36p to 50p, schools throughout the country have welcomed electronic solutions to posting letters. In a bid to alleviate the impact of soaring postage costs and school bud  Read More

Contact Group calls for schools and parents to work together to tackle truancy

by Cathie on 05 April 2012

In response to the truancy statistics released that show an increase in levels of truancy in the UK, Stephen Clarke, Managing Director of Contact Group (www.the-contactgroup.com) comments:  Read More

Harrogate High School saves valuable time and money using Call Parents from Contact Group

by Cathie on 13 January 2012

Harrogate High School in North Yorkshire is demonstrating best practice in the use of automatic notification systems to streamline staff processes, enabling the school to run more efficiently and saving the amount of time school staff spend undertaking administrative duties, suc  Read More

Contact Group showcases powerful automatic notification systems for schools and local authorities at BETT 2012

by Cathie on 03 January 2012

On Stand A31 at BETT 2012, Contact Group (trading name of Truancy Call Ltd) will be showcasing its extended portfolio of award-winning automatic notification systems. These include Looked After Call, a solution to monitor the attendance of Looked after Children and a new ‘Text  Read More

Contact Group shortlisted for Technology Supplier of the Year EducationInvestor Award!

by Cathie on 18 July 2011

Birmingham-based telecommunications company, Contact Group (www.the-contactgroup.com), is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted for Technology Supplier of the Year in the 2011 EducationInvestor Awards! Contact Group has been recognised for demonstrating outstanding busin  Read More

Contact Group welcomes tougher DfE guidelines on truancy

by Cathie on 13 July 2011

The Government has announced tougher guidelines on truancy, which will take effect from October 2011  Read More

School strike alert!

by Cathie on 30 June 2011

Over half a million text messages have been sent to parents as schools closed due to strike action. At the click of a button, schools are using Call Parents (www.callparents.com), an automated notification system, to quickly alert parents of the closures by text message and auto  Read More

Truancy Call, now trading as Contact Group, launches new range of powerful automatic notification systems for schools and local authorities

by Cathie on 02 June 2011

Truancy Call, now trading as Contact Group, has extended its portfolio of award-winning automatic notification systems with the launch of e-Mentoring, designed to provide secure and convenient e-Mentoring by text message and online; Looked After Call, an effective online solutio  Read More

Latest Government figures reveal decline in truancy for the first time in years

by Cathie on 26 May 2010

Government figures released today (26th May 2010) reveal that unauthorised absence in England’s schools has dropped for the first time in at least three years, decreasing from 0.98 percent in autumn term 2008 to 0.93 percent in autumn term 2009.  Read More

Efficient communication top priority for education in 2010! - BETT 2010

by Cathie on 18 January 2010

In 2010, secondary schools will be looking for more effective ways to engage with parents through technology, in preparation for the Government’s 2010 real-time reporting targets.  Read More

Improve parental communication with latest automated technology from Truancy Call Ltd at BETT 2010!

by Cathie on 18 January 2010

Truancy Call Ltd (Stand A76) is exhibiting the latest automatic parent notification technology at BETT 2010. It is urging schools to implement this alongside virtual learning environments (VLEs) to engage all parents, including non-internet users.  Read More

Snow school today!

by Cathie on 06 January 2010

Half a million alerts have been sent to parents over the last few days as schools closed due to heavy snow. Using Call Parents, an automated notification system, schools alerted parents of the closures quickly using text messages and automated phone calls. Over 100,000 alerts we  Read More

Birmingham-based telecommunications company short-listed for business Oscars

by Cathie on 22 October 2009

Birmingham-based telecommunications company Truancy Call Ltd (www.truancycall.com) has been short-listed for a 2009 Growing Business Award in the ‘Technology and Innovation’ category. Having been selected from almost 200 entries, Truancy Call Ltd has been recognised for its effe  Read More

Improve parental communication with latest automated technology from Truancy Call Ltd at The Scottish Learning Festival!

by Cathie on 17 September 2009

Truancy Call Ltd (Stand L10) is exhibiting the latest automatic parent notification technology at The Scottish Learning Festival. It is urging Scottish schools to implement this alongside virtual learning environments (VLEs) to engage all parents, including non-internet users  Read More

St Edwards Comprehensive School in Romford Raises Attendance with Truancy Call

by Cathie on 20 July 2009

St Edward’s Comprehensive School in Romford is taking a proactive approach to tackling unauthorised absence with Truancy Call (www.truancycall.com) - technology which allows school staff to make first-day contact with parents of absent children by email, text message and voice c  Read More

Fairisle Junior School in Southampton Raises Attendance with Truancy Call

by Cathie on 20 July 2009

Fairisle Junior School in Southampton is taking a proactive approach to improving pupil attendance with Truancy Call (www.truancycall.com) - technology which allows school staff to make first-day contact with parents of absent children by email, text message and voice calling  Read More

Carrickfergus school improves parental engagement with Call Parents technology

by Cathie on 20 May 2009

Acorn Integrated Primary School in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, is taking a proactive approach to improving communication with parents by installing Call Parents (www.callparents.com). This technology allows school staff to send texts, automated phone calls and emails to inf  Read More

Truancy Call Ltd short-listed for best use of technology at the National Business Awards 2009

by Cathie on 12 May 2009

Birmingham-based telecommunications company Truancy Call Ltd (www.truancycall.com) has been short-listed for a National Business Award 2009 (Wales, Midlands and East Anglia region) in the ‘Orange Best Use of Technology in Business’ category. Having been selected from almost 200  Read More

Bishop Gore School in Sketty Raises Attendance with Truancy Call

by Cathie on 24 March 2009

Celebrating improved student attendance, Bishop Gore School in Sketty, Swansea, is holding a prize-giving to award ten students for excellent attendance on 2nd April 2009. The event is being sponsored by Truancy Call Ltd (www.truancycall.com) which provides an automated notifica  Read More

Birmingham business receives accolade for Best Use of Technology at the Fast Growth Business Awards 2009

by Cathie on 19 March 2009

Birmingham-based telecommunications company Truancy Call Ltd (www.truancycall.com) has received a coveted award for its Best Use of Technology at the Fast Growth Business Awards 2009. Selected from over 200 entries, Truancy Call Ltd won the award for achieving outstanding busine  Read More

Birmingham business short-listed for Best Use of Technology at the Fast Growth Business Awards 2009

by Cathie on 03 February 2009

Award-winning Birmingham-based telecommunications company Truancy Call Ltd (www.truancycall.com) has been short-listed for the Fast Growth Business Awards 2009 in the ‘Best Use of Technology’ category. Having been selected from over 200 entries Truancy Call Ltd has been recognis  Read More

Truancy Call Ltd sponsors school in Staffordshire to provide vital IT education in developing countries

by Cathie on 30 January 2009

Tim Hill, 30, who lives and works in Tamworth, will join six other IT professionals and PC enthusiasts from all over the UK on a nine-day fundraising expedition across the remote Simien Mountains in Ethiopia, with five days trekking off the beaten track. He is appealing to local  Read More

Woodside Primary School, Essex, improves parental engagement with Call Parents technology

by Cathie on 26 November 2008

The schools minister, Jim Knight, has urged schools to do more to engage parents, “our best ally”, to improve children’s learning. He has also emphasised the importance of technology to achieve this. Edward Caines, Headteacher at Woodside Primary School, discusses how Call Paren  Read More

Truancy Call launches lesson-by-lesson feature at BETT 2009

by Cathie on 07 November 2008

Truancy Call Ltd (stand A76), a leading provider of automatic notification services, is showcasing its latest feature of Truancy Call at BETT 2009 which allows schools to monitor pupil attendance lesson-by-lesson. This new service is currently being used in schools across the c  Read More

St Augustine’s College in Abbeyside Reduces Pupil Absence with Truancy Call

by Cathie on 23 September 2008

St Augustine’s College in Abbeyside, Dungarvan, is tackling unauthorised absence with technology by installing the automatic parent notification system Truancy Call.  Read More

Tynecastle High School, Edinburgh, reduces pupil absenteeism by 50 percent with Truancy Call

by Cathie on 01 September 2008

On an average day in Scotland, around 5,000 pupils play truant from school according to 2005/6 Scottish Executive figures. In the capital, this is particularly prevalent, with almost half of pupils at state high schools having skived off by the time they reach their third year*.  Read More

E-Mentoring-Bringing the whole school community together

by Cathie on 17 July 2008

Mentoring has long been known to have a significant impact on the achievement, motivation and learning experience of students. Michelle Atkinson, Strategic ICT Coordinator at Kingstone School, Barnsley talks to SecEd about her school’s mentoring strategy, Barnsley Metropolitan B  Read More

The Samuel Whitbread Community College in Bedfordshire helps to reduce pupil absence with Truancy Call

by Cathie on 14 July 2008

The Samuel Whitbread Community College in Bedfordshire is tackling unauthorised absence with technology by installing the automatic parent notification system Truancy Call  Read More

Newnham Middle School in Bedford Reduces Pupil Absence with Truancy Call

by Cathie on 02 July 2008

Newnham Middle School in Bedford is tackling unauthorised absence with technology by installing the automatic parent notification system Truancy Call.  Read More

Stafford Sports College Reduces Pupil Absence with Truancy Call

by Cathie on 26 June 2008

Stafford Sports College is tackling unauthorised absence with technology by installing the automatic parent notification system Truancy Call. Truancy Call (www.truancycall.com) allows school staff to implement first day contact with parents of absentees via email, SMS text and v  Read More

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