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London, 6th January 2017
The AttendApp Team, have been accepted to take part in UNLOCK Blockchain conference in Dubai for the dates 14th -16th January 2018.
For more information please see: unlock-bc.com/events/unlock/2018
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London, 9th December 2017
The AttendApp Team, have been accepted to take part in EdTech week in New York City for the week 18th -23rd December.
For more information please see: https://www.nyedtechweek.com/
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London, 9th October 2017
Attendapp has been selected as one of the few hundred startups which will be present on the SaaS specialist day at Web Summit 2017, which is taking place in Lisbon between 6-9th November 2017.
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AttendApp has now successfully piloted its application and helped schools to improve parental engagement by providing analytics on the most and least engaged parents. Furthermore, the application helped schools to streamline communications, save administration time and reduce costs. During it’s incubation phase at on the Educate program, AttendApp is now looking for scale up school partners.
London, 19th September 2017, AttendApp is a ‘PRM’, the leading Parent Relationship Management tool; the application takes away the admin burdens of maintaining parent engagements, by allowing schools to easily and securely publish communications on one platform, measure engagement in real-time, and send automated reminders and notifications when engagement drops. AttendApp also helps parents to stay on top of all their children’s needs on a simple and secure mobile application.
Features tested in closed beta: news and events, messaging, letters and events
AttendApp successfully ran its closed beta launch with three schools, a select group of parents who said:
“AttendApp helped us drastically reduce the admin time required in sending out newsletters”
“We could finally see which parents were engaging, and target those who were not., this allowed us to focus our efforts on the parents (and students) that needed the most assistance.”
“We were looking for a very long time for a solution which could give us viability on engagement, but also a secure way to share information with only parents at our school, without having to resort to twitter.”
“It was so easy to use! I could finally see what homework was being set”
“I absolutely loved that I could easily see the most up to date information at my son’s school, especially the school calendar, it really helped me organise my very busy calendar and free up many hours.”
“It was just so easy to get the latest information, and not get stressed out about what’s due when”
“There is finally a way to ensure my husband never missed parents evening or important dates!”
A very happy mother 🙂
AttendApp is available on iOS, Android and web. AttendApp are now looking for scale up partners (schools who want to test new features across multiple year groups and whole schools) to be the first to test its exciting new features!
Please contact the AttendApp team on email@example.com or call 0208 144 7372. You can also book a demo with us below:
Boys and girls may be treated differently even nowadays, which means we condition them to behave a certain way…In Sweden, teachers behave differently…learn more about how they treat the children and why it is important.
A question to all parents. Do your children play enough during the day? Here is what a former kindergarten teacher says…
Source: Institute of Education
A-level results will soon be out, with more than 300,000 students eagerly waiting to find out if they’ve made the grade. Then come GCSE results, with even more students keen to find out how they’ve done.
Whether students are heading to university, into an apprenticeship or straight into employment, chances are they will all be wishing and hoping and dreaming and praying of a set of grades that will reflect their level of academic accomplishment.
For would-be university applicants, there is often a requirement that students take a particular set of subjects at A-level – and achieve a certain grade – to be in with a chance of getting a place on a degree course. To study medicine, for example it’s often required that an applicant has taken chemistry and biology at A-level.
In this way, the subjects a student chooses to study at school can have long term consequences. In England, young people start making decisions on subject choice at the age of 14 when they pick GCSE options. For many pupils this may seem far too early to be thinking about what they want to do with the rest of their life. So given the fact that many students may not have decided what career path they want to take, are there subjects that are “better” to study than others?
The Russell Group – which is made up of 24 leading UK universities – publishes an annual guide to A-level subject choice for 16-year-olds known as “informed choices”. This suggests A-levels in science, maths, languages, history and geography are good choices for students to take if they want to keep their options open.
This is also in part why the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) – which aims to give students a wide background in a variety of subjects at GCSE level – was introduced in 2010. According to the schools minister, Nick Gibb, it includes subjects the Russell Group identifies as “key for university study”. To count towards the EBacc, a pupil must achieve GCSE grade C or above in English, maths, history or geography, two sciences and a language.
We looked at the subjects chosen by young people at the age of 14 and 16 and found that pupils who study the full set of EBacc subjects are slightly more likely to go to university than those who don’t.
Our research also revealed that studying certain A-level subjects often leads to a place at a better ranked university. So a student who studies some combination of science, maths, languages, history and geography is more likely to attend a higher ranked university, than a student who chooses A-levels outside of these subjects.
Our research also revealed that studying more vocational subjects at both GCSE and A-level may be less helpful in terms of getting into a higher ranked university. We found that those who studied applied GCSE subjects (which are more vocational) were less likely to attend university.
These vocational style GCSEs were introduced in 2002 and include subjects such as applied business and applied home economics. But their introduction has since been criticised, as many of the qualifications have been downgraded in performance tables.
There was found to be a similar picture at A-level. Students who studied the more vocational study subjects – such as accounting or business – were more likely to go to a lower ranked university.
The most striking results were in law. Consistent with anecdotal evidence that higher ranking universities “don’t like” law A-level, our research shows that studying law at A-level is associated with attending a lower ranked university. So although a 16-year-old who aspires to have a career in law, accounting or business might think that an A-level directly related to the profession would help them take their chosen path, this may not actually be the case. But whether this is because law A-level is perceived by universities to be an easier A-level, or because those with law A-level are applying to lower ranked universities is unclear.
Either way, what all this shows is that while the subjects young people study in school are important for next steps in education, there are some subjects that can be more important than others in helping to further horizons.
Although that said, it’s important to emphasise that the differences are not large. Ultimately, it’s far more important to perform well in whatever subject studied. But still, when it comes to students deciding what subjects to choose at A-level or GCSE, it might be worth them trying to keep their options open, where possible.
We all want to raise happier children. But how? Our lives are so busy and complicated that trying to ensure our children are happy is not an easy case. Taking a cue from Danish parents may be the secret to this goal…
Dr Rosie Flewitt argues that rather than setting fixed time limits with digital technologies, it’s more helpful for parents to think about how these technologies can help their children to learn.
Source: Read: The Sun
Follow the ‘play diet’ pyramid as advised by leading child psychologist Dr Amanda Gumner
As long as you balance out your tots’ physical activity and social interactions with iPad games and movies – it’s perfectly healthy to allow them access once a day.
Technically, a child can use an iPad or smartphone from when they’re a baby, but it’s important you only let them watch or play with age-appropriate content.
Try looking through the Fundamentally Children Good App Guide, which has independently reviewed apps for each age range.
You can also browse the Literary Trust’s selection of calming and focus-boosting apps too.
Here’s a selection you might want to try:
Kids under 13 are not allowed on Facebook or other social media sites, but it’s easy for them to fake their date of birth if they want to create a profile.
Pete Turner, consumer security expert at cyber security company Avast has several top tips for keeping your tablet safe:
It’s the golden question: how long can I hand over a distraction gadget without morphing into a bad parent?
Unfortunately, there’s no golden answer.
Dr Rosie Flewitt, an expert in early communication and literacy at the Department of Learning and Leadership in University College London says “we must stop blaming parents” for child’s over-use of gizmos.
She says that rather than prescribing a healthy ‘dose’ of digital interaction, it’s more helpful to think about how you can help your child learn with technology.
There’s been a lot of debate over screen use before bedtime, with some research suggesting it stops little ones from getting enough kip.
One study showed that kids glued to phones, laptops or tablets 90 minutes before bedtime were twice as likely to suffer a bad night’s sleep.
But Dr Gummer says it’s OK to allow your kids iPads in their PJs, but they must hand them over before they’re tucked up.
Dr Flewitt says that it’s all about making sure any interaction with a tablet is for a specific purpose and not a lone activity.
“There’s nothing wrong with handing a child a suitable app for five minutes while you’re doing the washing up, but you can make sure that what they are doing has a purpose.
“For example, you could sit and talk with your child about what to say in a text message to a friend, or help your child make a short WhatsApp video message to send to a family member.”
Pursey adds that many children use Snapchat to communicate with friends, but the recent Snap Maps feature is a great example of why you need to check settings.
“The new feature tracks locations, which can leave children vulnerable but instead of turning off location services which would disable apps like Find My Friends, you can get your children to select “Ghost Mode” on Snapchat, which prevents their Snapchat friends and strangers seeing where they are but still allows them to use the app.”
Nick Shaw, vice president of internet company Norton advises setting some house rules for chatting online, downloading files and visiting safe websites.
He says: “As the parent, don’t become the enemy, become the friend – be aware that children like to imitate your behaviour so teach them the best way to surf online safely and lead by example to provide them with a positive role model.
“Teach young children to use strong and unique passwords across all their accounts and never to share passwords, even with their friends. We’re seeing account theft (a junior version of identity theft) happen to children in primary schools.
“Encourage kids to think before they click: whether they’re looking at online video sites, receiving an unknown link in an email or even browsing the web and seeing banners or pop-ups, remind your children not to click links which may take them to dangerous or inappropriate sites. Clicking unknown links is a common way people get viruses or reveal private and valuable information to criminals.”