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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 […]

Mobile Phones: Should they be banned from schools or just the classroom?

Posted: 18/07/18

In September 2018, school children in France will no longer be able to take a mobile phone into school.  The ban on mobile phones, which was originally proposed in 2017, will allow children to bring a mobile phone to school but not to use it during the day, a rule which also extends to lunch […]

Call Parents: Important Information for Users

Posted: 11/06/18

Important Information for Call Parents Users:   We are no longer selling Call Parents as a new product for Schools.  However, if you still use Call Parents for your messaging service, you can continue to log in via the link below (we suggest you bookmark this page for future reference): Log-in to  Call Parents   Migrating to […]

New Feature Releases on OurSchoolsApp

Posted: 08/03/18

Latest Feature Releases in OurSchoolsApp – March 18 Our flagship product OurSchoolsApp (OSA) which is increasing parental engagement in over a thousand schools in UK, now includes a number of newly-released features including: – RSS Feed – Document Upload   RSS Feed: OSA can now pull any external RSS news feed into the app (e.g. […]

‘The worst schools disruption in a generation…’

Posted: 05/03/18

How did your school deal with the most widespread snow disruption in a generation?   Ask any child who was off school last week on a snow day and they’ll tell you it was ‘fantastic fun!’  As many of us return to school and work today, we do so with a lot of catching up […]

The text message is 25 years old!

Posted: 06/02/18

What were you doing in Dec 1992?  It might be the year Whitney Houston’s ‘I will always love you’ topped the UK charts for weeks on end, and the year Prince Andrew and Fergie split; but a lesser known fact is that just over 25 years ago, in Dec 1992 the humble text was created!  […]

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 OurSchoolsApp can help fundraising for your school

Posted: 10/10/17

Recent news reports have highlighted the funding issues faced by schools and colleges across the United Kingdom and the significance that additional ‘self-financing’ plays for modern day educational facilities. This worrying state of affairs means that successful fundraising is more important than ever in helping to maintain the satisfactory running of schools. But fundraising events […]

Improving Communication at your Nursery

Posted: 09/08/17

We talk a lot about the ways in which our products can support schools to improve communications and engage more efficiently with parents, staff and students, but there are also huge benefits to be reaped by nurseries. Nursery schools provide vital early years care, that if not available would mean many parents could not return […]

How Parent-School Communications are Changing

Posted: 08/06/17

Back in the day, when many of us were enjoying our school years, the only contact parents had with teachers was at parent’s evening.  This once-a-year, or bi-annual meeting would sometimes be topped up with a more casual chat at the annual school sports day, prom or concert.  Whatever the occasions, the point is, that […]

School Payment System now available within Call Parents

Posted: 15/05/17

We are delighted to announce that our Call Parents communication product now features a facility for online payments. This enables you to move to a safer, cashless school payment system where you can easily keep track of what is owed and by whom. From the Call Parents parental engagement platform, you can easily send requests […]

Contact Group Prepare Young People for the World of Work

Posted: 19/01/17

Contact Group are delighted to be involved in a local enterprise project to inspire and prepare young people for their future employment. Customer Engagement Manager, Paul Hoinville, is one of a national network of Enterprise Advisers volunteering their time and expertise to make it easier for schools to connect with local employers. Advisers involved in […]

Why the Summer Term Is the Ideal Time to Demo Our Products

Posted: 06/07/16

With the summer term about to come to an end, there is no time like the present for schools to review their class communication and data services. Whilst the start of the autumn term seems a long way away, the time will soon come around so it’s essential to make sure all new communication systems […]

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 […]

Bridging the Gap: Why Schools, Parents and Pupils need to Communicate Effectively

Posted: 16/03/16

Schools have diverse audiences to communicate with – from parents and pupils to governors and members of the local community. All of these audiences will have different needs but by tailoring the message to each audience and keeping everyone up to date, education as a whole can progress. Most people will agree that children perform […]