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We’ve got your School’s Events and Clubs Handled

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Some of the most-requested features we’ve received over the years are not actually to do with parents’ evenings. We get asked about helping schools with other parent-booking tasks, such as ticketed events, booking seats at a student performance, school trip sign-ups and parents booking places for their children at breakfast or after-school clubs.

We’ve taken time out from continually developing the Parents’ Evening Booking System to give schools all of the above abilities. If you’ve an event or club you want to take bookings from parents for, just ask. The bolt-on modules we’ve created to help schools with these tasks come at a fraction of the Parents’ Evening Booking System cost and can be switched on in seconds.

To learn more about either module, click below. We’ve added a video to each which guides you through how they work:

If you would like to know more, contact Will Mackenzie: will@parents-booking.com.

We’re ‘Cyber Essentials Plus’ Certified

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For several months now we’ve been working to achieve our ‘Cyber Essentials Plus‘ certification. We received news on Friday that we’ve passed our inspection, and taken receipt of our certificate.

If you’ve not heard of “CE Plus”, it’s a UK government information assurance scheme operated by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Its certification guarantees our protection levels against the most common cyber threats, and demonstrates our commitment to cyber security. Although not a requirement for our business, we undertook the “CE Plus” certification, which includes having independent security experts examine our servers, software and IT infrastructure.

To view our certification certificate, click here.

The hard work is never done, and we’re already underway with our application to achieve ISO27001 certification, which is an international standard which demonstrates that an organisation has defined and put in place best-practice information security processes. We hope that we’ll have good news related to achieving this further certification later in the year.

New case study: Boroughmuir High School

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We recently visited the brand new Borughmuir High School in Edinburgh. They have been a customer for a number of years, and a huge supporter of our services, but were also recently named Scottish state secondary school of the year by The Sunday Times, which makes their recommendation of us all the stronger.

Take a little look at the case study below:

Some of what we have been up to..

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Good morning,

We’ve had a very busy term. We’ve helped several hundred new customers set up and run their parents’ evenings with us, since the start of the academic year. We’ve visited Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire and West Lothian Councils to run group training sessions for their schools. We’ve started work on some new bolt-on applications which will help schools with other tasks that needed an electronic/web solution (more on that in due course) and of course we’ve been developing our little hearts out, as ever, to ensure that customers receive the most functional, best developed and most innovative parents’ evening solution available. Why? Because we invented online booking for parents’ evenings, and we’re dedicated to changing how they’re run, for the betterment of all involved.

The software ‘build’ we’ll be launching next features some nice changes, including being able to add parents to existing students more easily (helpful for schools whose database doesn’t provide both parents automatically), some mobile user-interface updates, to help parents make their bookings more easily, and perhaps most impressively, an artificial intelligence system, built in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University, that helps schools set up parents’ evenings with confidence that they’ve not made a mistake in their new event’s chosen settings.

Soon we’ll be adding a single sign-on (SSO) integration for Firefly Learning‘s virtual learning environment (VLE), so that schools who utilise this extremely impressive school learning tool will be able to have their parents login and make parents’ evening appointments seamlessly, without need for a username or password.

We’ve also finished work on integration with three of Groupcall’s products, such as Messenger (schools who use this can track the messages their parents send to parents, and have those messages come from Groupcall directly), Xpressions (messages will go to parents via push notification, and parents can login and make their appointments by single sing-on/without username and password) and Xporter on Demand (giving schools even more control over their datasharing, helping set up events even more quickly).

Next up: We’ll be visiting one of Scotland’s most prestigious secondary schools to film a new advert. We’ll also be talking to the head teacher about how we’re helping their school launch a new way of running parents’ evenings, that makes them more efficient, that can only be run using our software. It’s our sincere hope that this school’s new plans are a huge hit and that we can help roll the idea out to other schools in due course.

Behind the scenes we’ll continue working hard to bring schools new features (such as a booking wizard for the admin area, some improved changes to the event statistics we capture, and a completely new website design that will give us a new look for next academic year).

Wishing all of our customers lots of success as this academic year rumbles on.

Netmedia.

Integration with RM’s new ‘Datashare’

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We’re happy to boast lots of RM Integris customers, and this an update is for them.

RM Education recently released their new ‘Datashare’ for Integris. We’re part of this Datashare.

What does this mean? It means that it’s easier than ever for customers to authorise us as a data sharing partner and, fundamentally, upload the pupil, parent and teacher data that we require to help schools run parents’ evening and event booking online.

We’ve moved all RM customers over from the older data upload mechanism, although this may not be obvious at first. Not much has changed in our software. Your data upload will now go through the new Integris Datashare, but will only work if you have authorised us as a trusted application.

If you’re an Integris user, and a customer of ours, all you need to do is authorise us in the ‘Datashare’ section of Integris. Instructions can be found here.

The new upload should run even faster, and is GDPR compliant, both of which we’re schools will be happy to hear.

Welcoming in 2018

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Dear all,

We want to begin by wishing all of our customers a prosperous 2018. We’re excited to continue working with you and we’re thrilled you’ve chosen us to help you with your parents’ evenings.

2017 was a super year for us, and the product has continued to grow in strength, in particular after a series of excellent new features were added to help schools have even more control over their parents’ evenings. As usual, we’re working away every day to make the product better still and look forward to bringing information of new developments soon.

We’ll be changing this website soon, condensing down the amount of information shown and presenting a new look. We’re also working with some talented filmmakers to bring a new advert for the front page.

Last but not least, this year will of course also bring about legislation changes in terms of GDPR, and should you have any questions please do reach out. We’ll be writing to all customers in plenty of time with an updated Data Protection Policy, but you should have no fear about the changes related to your use of us. We’re legally taking on a little more responsibility, and we need to ensure we have your consent to process the data you provide, but beyond that we’re doing what we do every day: providing a safe place to host your parents’ evenings.

Best wishes for 2018 – here’s to another brilliant year!

Netmedia Ltd.

Event Booking Bolt-On

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We are excited to announce that schools may now add our Event Booking bolt-on to their account. Indeed, schools who would like to use us purely for event booking can sign up for just this tool. The most-requested new functionality from customers for the past year has been an Event Booking capability. Although not part of our core functionality, we’ve built this so that customers can be supported in more of their objectives.

Schools who want to run event booking online can now do this by having us turn on this bolt-on for them. Schools can take registration for events, sign-up for trips and sell tickets for shows/performances/concerns. Parents simple need to log in, just like they would for parents’ evening, and make their bookings. Parents can then print or e-mail their confirmation. As you would expect, the school can make bookings and see who has and has not booked.

Learn More and/or Request Bolt-On

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.