New apps make it easier for parents and pupils to see your communications

By Wayne Reynolds

Apps are now a way of life for many of us. From banking and online shopping to fitness and health apps, most of us have our favourites that we check every day.

And, of course, that includes parents and young people – there’s a particular convenience in being able to access what you need from wherever you are, at whatever time, especially if all you have to do is glance at your phone.

That’s why we’ve developed two apps – one for parent communications, and one for pupil communications – which make it simple for you to push out the information you’d like to share out…and easy for the recipient to access it.

The new SIMS Parent and SIMS Student apps have been designed to make it easier for you to engage parents in their child’s school life, to reduce administration and to improve safeguarding. Both apps can be accessed from a phone, tablet or through a web browser on a PC, with a single sign-on giving anytime, anywhere access.

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Involve parents more closely in their child’s success with the SIMS Parent app
When parents are engaged with their child’s learning, they can support them to even greater academic success, which is why we wanted to make it as easy as possible for parents to access your all-important communications.

From updates on achievements and homework, through to timetable changes, details of events and trips, attendance and conduct, with the SIMS Parent app you’ll be able to customise the information you’d like parents to see, and send notifications and reminders directly to them. It’s also a useful tool, if you choose to share this, for parents to view their child’s information on a simple dashboard which clearly demonstrates their child’s progress at your school.

For parents of pupils who are boarders, they can feel much more involved with what’s going on in their child’s school life, helping them to feel reassured of their child’s well-being whilst at school.  The SIMS Parent app also supports your school’s commitment to safeguarding as the app alerts parents when a child has not been registered in school, allowing action to be taken as soon as possible.

And last, but certainly not least, it’s an excellent way of saving time for the school office as the data collection functionality within the app ensures schools have an easy way of collecting the most up-to-date contact details and medical information from parents.

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Inspire and motivate pupils with the SIMS Student app
When pupils are engaged and informed, they feel more motivated and more in control of their success when they can keep close tabs on their achievement. That’s why we developed the SIMS Student app, to make it easier for you to communicate with your pupils, whether reminding them of an upcoming school play or congratulating them on a high score achieved for their homework.

Pupils have instant access to key information, including their timetable for the week ahead, when homework is due and even how they’re progressing against targets. For schools who choose a no-phone policy and for pupils without a smartphone, all of this information can be accessed from a website.

Try the apps for yourself

We’re delighted with the feedback that we’ve already received from independent schools who have been piloting the SIMS Parent app and we’d love to hear what you think. You'll have an opportunity to see the apps in action at the SIMS Independent and International Conference 2017. I look forward to seeing many of you then. 

Find out more about the SIMS Parent and Student apps and watch the video

 

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