Parents call for primary schools to go mobile

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A new tool to improve communication between schools and parents is set to be showcased at a leading industry event next week. 

Capita SIMS will be exhibiting a range of products at BETT - the biggest education technology show of the year at ExCel London between 25 and 28 January. 

Recent research from the company revealed that the majority of parents questioned wanted their primary school to send information about their child home through an app or mobile-enabled web portal.

One parent Anthony Mayo said: “As a working parent, I would love information about my children available on my phone. Finding a suitable time to speak to teachers can be difficult. It would be far more convenient to be able to access information about progress in each subject at the touch of a button.”

Head of product strategy at Capita SIMS Graham Cooper added: “Smartphones have radically transformed our lives. We can hail a taxi, order a takeaway and listen to our favourite song in a few taps. But now, parents are demanding the same technology to revolutionise the way they communicate with their child’s school too.”

The research also showed that 48 per cent of primary schools already offered updates to parents through an online portal and 37 per cent offeredupdates by text, but just 32 per cent offered a mobile app or mobile-enabled website. 

Mr Cooper continued: “With an app, a parent can access information about their child’s progress during their lunchbreak on their smartphone, allowing them to help with learning at home. Having alerts sent to tell parents that Jemma has a spelling test on Friday, that Jane did great in her maths project or that Ravi needs to bring his PE kit tomorrow are something that most busy parents would wish for and something that apps can deliver.”

Schools can find out more about the app on stand B190 at BETT next week.

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