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Looking out for looked after children

Posted: 23/04/19

With just 6% of care leavers  aged between 19 and 21 progressing to higher education, it’s time we saw action to provide better opportunities for looked after children. Earlier this month, ministers called on universities across the country to do more to encourage those leaving care to remain in higher education – from providing personal […]

Roadmap to attendance success

Posted: 25/02/19

Schools across the country are trying all sorts of motivational methods to encourage students to get to school on time. Guaranteeing full classrooms by the time the bell rings isn’t easy and a one-size fits all solution simply doesn’t exist! Instead, research suggests that a mix of strategies for improving attendance and punctuality is often […]

We need to talk about… school absence

Posted: 04/01/19

According to the Department for Education, the overall absence rate has increased from 4.5% to 4.7% in the past two years, with one in 10 absent school children classed as persistently absent. With absence rates on the rise, the subject of attendance remains a hot topic on parents’ evening, in the school office and during […]

Tackling truancy

Posted: 28/11/18

Last month, a Manchester based Co-op school hit the BBC News headlines for its radical transformation from struggling school, with one of the worst truancy records in the UK, to a school in the top 1% for attendance. The principal, Steve Brice, stated a radical improvement on attendance was a key part of turning the […]

Looked After Children more likely to be excluded from school

Posted: 29/03/18

The Department for Education recently released some figures that may or may not surprise you.  According to their statistics, looked after children are five times more likely to be temporarily excluded from school than pupils overall. The statistics show that 11.44% of looked after children had at least one fixed exclusion in 2016, compared with […]

Call for schools to improve checks on pupils who do not turn up…

Posted: 01/02/18

The tragic story of the sudden death of a father whose daughters spent almost 24 hours with his body, hit headline BBC News this week.  Their bereaved mother is now calling for schools to make extra checks on pupils who do not turn up. Helen Daykin, who says “there’s no reason why this couldn’t happen again…”, is campaigning for […]

How the Education Trends of 2018 might impact your School

Posted: 18/01/18

We’re all firmly back in the swing of the working week now, with the New Year celebrations a distant memory but this doesn’t mean we can’t expect changes ahead.  2018 is shaping up to be a very interesting year in Education and with technology evolving, comes a changing need for the systems and programmes that […]

Council’s Controversial Attendance Campaign Causes a Stir

Posted: 08/11/17

‘Good reasons for missing school – there are none’   East Sussex County Council is facing a huge backlash to its recent campaign to parents.  Its ‘Get a Grip’ campaign, aimed at boosting school attendance sent leaflets to parents, urging them to ‘get a grip’ because their child had missed as little as three days […]

Parents Want More Say So Improve Your School Comms

Posted: 09/02/17

Parents are not being considered enough when it comes to their children’s education.  That is the message from the recent PTA UK survey, which questioned parents about their involvement with their youngsters’ schools. Eight out of ten parents wanted to be consulted more, with bullying and the cost of school trips topping the list of […]

Why and How Should We Monitor School Children in Care?

Posted: 24/08/16

A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is looked after by their local authority, also known as a ‘child in care’. This could mean being placed in a children’s home, living with foster parents, with their parents under the supervision of social services or within another residential setting such as a school or secure […]

The Great Truancy Divide and How to Reduce Absenteeism in Your School

Posted: 10/05/16

Figures released recently revealed that truancy is more prevalent in areas of Northern England than in the South, with children from some deprived northern cities missing up to 3 days of school each without permission last year.  Whilst illness accounts for the majority of authorised and unauthorised absences, lateness and religious holidays were also cited […]

Why Technology ‘Must Be Leveraged’ in Future Education

Posted: 06/04/16

There has been much recent discussion about the input of technology in future education and its advantages in the running of schools; the Global Education & Skills Forum (GESF) this year highlighted that technology is only an enabler and must be leveraged to build the capacity of teaching. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, speaking at […]

Contact Group Spring Newsletter

Posted: 17/02/16

Have you read our Spring 2016 Newsletter?  If not you might have missed out on our latest news including the acquirement of new Local Authority business for our popular Looked After Call product and the announcement of our nominated charity for 2016. Stay up to date with our latest news by reading our Spring 2016 Newsletter and if […]

Education Technology Press

Posted: 21/07/15

Education Today featured Contact Group in their article on parental engagement. Calling the shots – Eskdale Academy improves parental engagement with Call Parents. To take a read please click here.

Academy Today Press

Posted: 20/07/15

Academy Today have featured Contact Group in their ‘Calling the shots’ article. Please click here to read more: Eskdale Academy improves parental engagement with Call Parents software.

Hartlepool Post Press

Posted: 08/07/15

Eskdale Academy improves parental engagement with Call Parents Eskdale Academy in Eskdale Road, Hartlepool is taking a proactive approach to improving communication with parents by installing Call Parents ( www.callparents.com ), from Contact Group, the leading provider of communication systems for schools which facilitates two-way communication between schools and parents. Call Parents allows school staff to send […]

Unannounced Behaviour Inspections by Ofsted

Posted: 03/03/15

Education Magazine has published an article by Stephen Clarke, Managing Director of Contact Group, in about the recent announcement from Ofsted earlier this year to conduct impromptu behaviour inspections in schools deemed a ‘cause for concern’ by Ofsted itself, parents, the local authority and as a result of reports on exclusions or attendance. It cites research […]

Snow Closures

Posted: 30/01/15

With the recent snow hitting the north of the UK, many of our schools / academies have been using our CallParents product to send emails and texts to parents, to announce school closures. However as blizzards hit parts of the US, Head of School at Moses Brown School, Matt Glendinning, announced a snow day in […]

Child victims of cyber bullying doubles while a third of 15-year-olds admit to nude pics

Posted: 03/12/14

The Daily Express has found that almost one in three 15-year-olds admit to having used technology to send a naked picture of themselves. The alarming revelation comes as it emerges that the number of child victims of cyber bullying has doubled within the last year. As more and more children regularly use the internet they […]

Contact Group Supports Anti-Bullying Week 17th – 21st November 2014

Posted: 18/11/14

Anti-Bullying Week provides an opportunity for us to talk openly about the effects of bullying on the lives of children and young people and take action to stop it. The best schools are rarely those that say ‘we have no bullying here’; rather they are schools that take positive steps to prevent bullying for ALL […]