Helping to Close the Gap in Attainment

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Helping to Close the Gap in Attainment

Education Scotland’s “How Good Is Our School” (HGIOS 4) and the National Improvement Framework lay out the six key drivers which will help schools to close the gap in attainment. We feel very strongly about helping schools achieve these ambitions and we’re sure our Parents’ Evening Booking System can be a strong contributor to the task. We help schools with Parental Engagement, School Improvement, Assessment of Children’s Progress and Performance Information Here are some of the ways in which we directly help when schools use us to run their parents’ evenings online:

  • Parent and Teacher communication channels immeasurably improved. When parents http://canadapharmacy-drugnorx.com/ make their appointments online they can tell teachers about any concerns, issues or discussion topics ahead of time. Teachers can message parents before parents login and book as well (i.e. “Make me a priority booking please”). This leads to better prepared and more effective meetings
  • Parents who do not typically engage with school events, or who don’t usually attend parents’ evening, can be encouraged through the use of technology and with the promise of a better structured appointments schedule, picked by them, at times that suit them, in an order they want
  • Parents’ evening attendance will be improved by encouraging sign-up from parents who don’t normally attend (as discussed above), but also by providing the school with the reporting tools to see who has not booked yet and the communication tools to pro-actively contact them, as well as by sending reminder e-mails to thos ewho have booked
  • Increased parental participation is key to the necessary implementation of observation, assessment and recording, meaning raising attendance for parents’ evenings will have a direct impact on students’ education
  • Schools save huge amounts of school admin time (setting up events takes minutes, and there’s no other work necessary by any colleagues in the school)
  • Classroom and curriculum time spent on parents’ evenings eliminated completely
  • Teachers need only check their schedules online OR have these printed off by the office for them (which can be done in one click)
  • We help schools save paper, but we can even help schools go completely paper-free for these events
  • We help schools save money on paper, printing, stationary and of course postage, where applicable

You can read further specifics on how we help schools close the gap in attainment here:

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We Have Scooped Two ‘Technology Innovator’ Awards

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We are thrilled to announce that the Technology Innovator Awards have kindly awarded us (Netmedia Ltd) and our Parents’ Evening Booking System two prestigious titles for 2015, following this year’s awards process:   Best Bespoke Digital Solutions Provider for SMEs and Most Innovative Education Website Solution, “Parents’ Evening Booking System”   These awards are gratefully received as we enter a new academic year with our customers. We are looking forward to schools using our latest product innovations and we hope to demonstrate our award winning credentials with another very successful year for our customers and through further development this academic year.

Automated Booking Wizard

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An exciting and game-changing software development has been turned ‘on’ today. We call it the Automated Booking Wizard. And we’re excited to bring it to you. As customers will know from our communications prior to the holidays, we have been working hard on this latest innovation for some time. We’re very pleased to announce this innovative booking option for parents which moves the concept of online booking forwards and further into the twenty-first century.

Parents will now be able to make their appointments in one click (without having to make them one teacher at a time, although this option will still exist for those who prefer it). Those parents with a number of children, or those parents who are late to book and who find availability difficult to come by, need only click the ‘Make My Bookings For Me’ button to be send the most efficient route around their appointments in one click. Anyone who has spoken to us, either when signing up, enquiring, through our support team or just as part of a general chat, will know that our ambitions for this, our flagship product, are boundless.

The Automated Booking Wizard is simply an example of the ways in which we’re continuing to innovate and broaden the scope of online booking when it comes to parents’ evenings. We will look to our customers and their feedback, their suggestions for further improvements and we look forward to you seeing our future developments once they’re a little further along the development process.

You can read a little more and watch a video about the Automated Booking Wizard here: http://parents-booking.com/functionality/automated-booking-wizard/

Data Help Videos

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It’s a double-edged sword, but as our software becomes ever-more advanced and intelligent, handing all sorts of new data and school needs, the technology and information that it can import can both become more complicated in turn.

While we are committed to making it as easy as possible to export and upload your school data, either through a 1-click import or via a Report Generator, we sometimes find that schools want to perform clever tricks on their spreadsheet of data, or format/edit their spreadsheet of data in clever way. Recently we’ve been making a list of all the common (and unusual) ‘data help’ queries. We decided to put our Excel expert to task, filming videos of how to perform all sorts of simple and/or complicated tasks. The idea is that any Excel spreadsheet data issues schools have will have a solution in our video vault. We hope that that you will be able to find the solution you want for any future problem you may have in our vault of ‘Data Help Videos’. The link for this is below, but can also be found in pride of place on the Admin’s “Upload Data” page.

http://www.parents-booking.com/data-help/

Case Study: Lasswade High School

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Last week we visited Lasswade High School to film recommendations from the staff and parents about how the new online booking process for the parents’ evenings has been. All at Lasswade High School were delighted with the impact the software has had and all the changes that it has brought to the process. Parents are delighted to be able to book online, school office staff have found the system much easier to use, teachers much prefer parents’ evenings this way and headmaster Alan Williamson describes in detail it’s great impact.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all at Lasswade High School who took the time to organise our visit or who gave their time to speak to us. We’re very grateful and of course glad that the new process, using our system is going really well. This video is available on Vimeo, or can be viewed by clicking play below:

We are an EdTech Digest Awards Finalist

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We are delighted to announce that the EdTech Digest has nominated us as a finalist in its Awards for 2014. The distinguished awards program’s modus operandi is to recognise and award outstanding solutions—and, as they say, the best and brightest minds—in education and technology. We have been shortlisted as a finalist for the Cool Tool award which recognises new, emerging and established technology solutions for education. It’s fantastic to have been shortlisted and simply for being considered along with a series of other fantastic education solutions. A full list of this year’s award finalists can be found at http://www.edtechdigest.com and the winners will be announced on March.

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Merry Christmas!

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We would like to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas, and we hope that everyone at their schools, from the parents and pupils to the teachers and colleagues, all have a fantastic holiday. We look forward to working with you all again in 2014, and helping arrange lots more Perfect Parents’ Evenings.

Merry Christmas from the team here.

Recommended in Hampshire

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Following a recent framework and consultation by Hampshire County Council into all of it’s IT offerings, the Parents’ Evening Booing System is proud that it has been announced as the preferred supplier for all schools in the local authority for online parents’ evening management.

With as many as 80 schools in Hampshire already using the Parents’ Evening Booking System, the news that we were to be be recognised as the ‘preferred supplier’ was received gratefully and we look forward to welcoming more of the Council’s schools with open arms.

We’re delighted with this good news and we hope that it shows the Council’s support of us and all that we do. We recognise that a big part of the decision to appoint us as such is due to the quality of software but also the quality of service and support received by schools who already have the Parents’ Evening Booking System.

We are determined to service all of the UK with the Parents’ Evening booking System and we believe this is a very positive step forward for us. If you are a school in Hampshire, contact us for a free demonstration and a quotation.

New Advert Launched

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With great thanks to our friends at Beard Askew Productions, we are proud to announce the launch of our new advert. In late September 2013, we visited a number of our customers in London and met with them to talk about how positive an effect the Parents’ Evening Booking System has had at their school since they introduced it. It was fantastic to sit down and talk with head teachers, administrators, secretaries, teachers and parents and be told how popular and successful your product is!

Our advert focuses on each different type of staff member and shows them talking about how the Parents’ Evening Booking System makes their job much easier and more stress-free. We are looking forward to visiting more of our customers in what remains of 2013 and throughout 2014.

This film could not have been possible without the help of all of its contributors and we would like to thank them all very much. Watch the film below:

New Support Desk

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Announcing a better, faster and smoother support process

As part of our continuous effort to give you a better experience, we have just migrated our customer support processes to Freshdesk. We strive to take full advantage of the powerful capabilities and best-practices in Freshdesk, to give you a better support experience.

How does this make a difference to you ?

Not a lot changes in terms of how you get in touch with us. You can shoot us an email to support@parents-booking.com, and our support system will automatically create a ticket on your behalf. You will also be notified of our responses and status changes to your tickets via email as well, and you can send out your replies directly. The first time you send us a support query, you will receive an email with activation instructions to login to our support portal at pebs.freshdesk.com. Going forward, you can check the status or add comments to your support queries here. We are actively populating our support portal with FAQs and solutions in our knowledge base, so you can help yourself to how-tos and instructions. You can also discuss your ideas and share tips in our community forums.

We love hearing from you

We strive to give you an awesome support experience with every query, and your feedback will help us get there faster. We will be sending out satisfaction surveys for you to rate your support experience with us periodically. If you have any doubts or queries regarding our new support tools and policies, please drop us a line at support@parents-booking.com, and we’ll be glad to assist you. And make sure you visit our new support portal at pebs.freshdesk.com

Thanks very much.

Rob Mackenzie
Director