With some of our schools sending as many as 20,000 messages a month, it is clear that text messaging is a popular method of communication, and rightly so. Keeping in touch with parents is essential. At a basic level, schools need to keep parents abreast of issues regarding attendance and absence as well as any changes to scheduling or events.
This is why we have just launched our very own, market-leading SMS messaging service which is now available to all Pupil Asset users - no longer just MIS schools! At 3.1p (+VAT) per text and with no additional annual fee it is considerably cheaper than all other parent communication systems we have researched. Our newly designed interface lets you send and view messages quickly and easily - it even allows you to first select pupils by year/group/individual, then select which of their parents or guardians to send to! Paying for your SMS balance is also straightforward. You can top-up securely whenever you need to using a credit or debit card, directly from the system.
If you are yet to be convinced, there are benefits to be had from regular communications with parents. Research by The Behavioural Insights team proves that parental engagement improves student attainment. Here are just some of the ways our new text messaging service can be used to improve the performance of your school:
Pupil Asset SMS is a quick and easy way to deliver texts instantly to the right groups of parents/carers. We’ve created a simple system to allow schools to quickly sort and target their messages.
The following articles will help you get started:
Here's a quick preview of what's available for you to use right now:
1. Quickly add in pupils by class, set, group, academic year.
2. Select which parent/guardians are to be contacted, with quick picks for ‘All’, ‘Primary’ or ‘Responsible’.
3. Select different means of communication such as email, app (PATTR) or letter. You can clearly see the cost of the message and the chosen methods of communication.
4. Top up their SMS balance from the same screen via credit card or invoice. Text messages are charged at a market leading rate of 3.1p (+vat) per SMS.
Based on our user statistics, a school sending 20,000 messages a month would save £5,472 in a year by using Pupil Asset SMS messaging when comparing this to the costs provided by SIMS. So, if you are a new customer and interested in joining Pupil Asset to take advantage of this messaging service, please call 01603 631436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Existing users can start saving time and money instantly by heading to Messaging > SMS. We value your feedback so please feel free to email email@example.com to let us know what you think!
Of course! We have history pages with delivery reports to see the status of previous messages.
Yes, this is in your account. When you do top up, you can access your new allowance immediately.
Sadly not. If you’re messaging 200 parents then you’ll pay for 200 texts. However we make it easy for you to set up groups of parents to text to ensure that you are only ever communicating with the right people and not wasting any of your text allowance.
Yes you’ll still receive an invoice by email as normal but your payment will be taken using your card.