Using SMS for Absenteeism & Truancy Reporting
Educational institutions of all types can benefit from reporting on absentees, whether to parents of schoolchildren or sponsors of those in higher learning. Automated text messages can be sent to those not present at registration, parents can then respond acknowledging it as either authorised or not.
While there are a few instances where general businesses may benefit from such a use of SMS text messaging (for example, confirmation that an employee away on a course or at a conference has attended all the seminars that they were instructed to) it is predominantly aimed at Schools, FE Colleges and Universities. However it is by no means the only use of SMS within educational institutions…
Communication within schools is more important than ever, as is being able to cut costs in order to get the most out of the available budget. We have worked with schools all over the U.K. and have seen some great results, with reports of phone bills alone being reduced by 40%.
Communicate with Parents / Sponsors
Often the ability to get a message to a parent quickly can make all the difference. By collecting parents mobile phone numbers you can communicate important information to them instantly.
It could be information specific to their child, such as notification of illness, detention or even attainment. You could also have groups set up for parents of children in particular clubs or teams, informing them of upcoming matches, training or performances and even cancellations.
SMS has also been used to great effect replacing traditional phone chains, by texting all parents whose children are on a school trip instantly for just a few pence.
Equally text messages are the ideal way to inform parents en masse of severe weather closures.
Communicate with Staff
SMS can be a great way to communicate with your staff too. You can send bulletins and reminders to everyone as well as coordinate your non-teaching staff around the school grounds. If you organise your own supply staff you can even message them all simultaneously and immediately to check their availability.
Communicate with Students
Although in many cases mobile phones are banned in schools, more and more institutions are realising they cannot be policed and are choosing to use them to their advantage. You could use them to send reminders to students about clubs and societies as well as reminders about tests, exams or coursework.
It’s now scientific fact. SMS messaging in schools can help improve maths scores and increase attendance. We know because of a yearlong study of thousands of secondary students across the UK. The key is increasing parent involvement. Learn how it was done, and how to use it in your school.
Becoming a parent the first time is often overwhelming. To know what to do, we read books, search online, ask our family and friends. But even then it’s easy to suffer from information overload. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a simple checklist, or specific activities we could be told about on a regular basis via SMS?
SMS messaging is proving to be an essential tool for communication between schools, students, parents and staff. SMS messages can be broadcast from schools to parents notifying them of sudden school closures for bad weather, changes of schedule for sporting events or transport delays. And much more too!
When it comes to using SMS messaging in student education, one major issue that comes up is whether students should have mobile phones at all (in class). Currently in the UK, each school sets its own rules on mobile phone usage. Some allow them in class and some ban them entirely.
It used to be you could skip a lecture or sleep late at university. But using the excuse you forgot about a session is about to become less believable than it already was. And it's all down to the ways educational institutions are using new technology to engage with students, mainly SMS.
How work based education providers can take advantage of SMS Messaging to boost attendance and reduce the time and costs associated with arranging and re-arranging training sessions. Read this article to learn how private education and training companies can benefit from simple SMS confirmations and reminders with some illustrative examples. We also briefly explore the possibilities offered by automated responses using SMS keywords in conjunction with a virtual mobile number.
Schools up and down the country are working tirelessly to increase the opportunities available to young people. But, with budgets being cut, these are tough times for many education providers. One of the biggest challenges facing head teachers, class teachers, and office staff is how to find cost-effective means of effectively communicating with the parents and carers of their pupils. That's where SMS text messaging comes in.