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Stop your enrolment leaks

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As you are embracing the last blissful days of the January holidays, it’s time to start getting excited about the school year ahead, and focus on the residual challenges…..”how will you get new enrolments up even higher?” Now is a good time to recap and ensure you have covered all bases to stop any enrolment leaks.

It may be helpful to think of this process as a funnel, where it’s your role to achieve three key tasks; Attract, Engage, Delight.

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5 QUICK TIPS TO A MORE ENGAGED SCHOOL COMMUNITY

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It has been proven that when schools strengthen relationships with families and community organisations, they can help build an environment that has the greatest impact on students, and in turn a great impact on the school.
With the recent growth in communication platforms and technologies, there has never been a more opportune time for schools to build a network that not only leads to improved learning outcomes, but also can help mitigate against barriers to student learning such as ill health, bullying and isolation. Below are our top 5 tips on growing engagement in your school.

1. Spread the word!
Your school can have the most amazing event calendar, win the most awards, and deliver the exceptional ATR scores, but unless these news items are communicated in a timely manner, to the right target audience, through the right channels, you will miss the opportunity.
In creating communication, you need to recruit the right content team. Your team will ideally comprise a content manager who will be responsible for scheduling content, managing channel distribution and targeting, as well as a content writer(s). Content writers can come from your parent community, as well as your teacher network. Put the word out at the start of the year – you may want to get specific in your search and look by topic, eg “Sport Writer”, that way you will end up with passionate writers producing engaging content.
If you haven’t already got one, a school app such as School Star is a great platform to publishing engaging content. Parents can use tags to only display content important to them, it allows for two-way messaging between parents, translates the news feed into over 90 languages and comes with a comprehensive analytics suite, so you have 100% transparency on your engagement success.

2. Implement a retention strategy
It’s important to ensure that parents continue to feel engaged with the school, and are given the chance to form strong relationships with the school community through a retention strategy.
Activities that can help achieve this include; Read More

How Adelaide’s first vertical school will innovate education

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2019 marks the much-awaited opening of Adelaide’s first vertical high school, Adelaide Botanic High. Nestled in the heart of the CBD, the impressive $100 million 7 storey building is designed to inspire and facilitate a new learning style that deviates from the traditional model with 5 key new trends;

High Tech Infrastructure
Adelaide Botanic High has made significant investments in cloud based SASS solutions, such as the MGM communication suite, that relieve education providers of the administrative tasks and to allows them to spend more time teaching. Students and parents also benefit with the live streaming technology touchpoints implemented throughout the maker and performer art spaces, as well as subscriptions to richer online learning resources.

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10 tips to choose the right technology for your school

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Implementing new technology into a school is a key decision that has an impact on your whole school community. Over the last 20 years we’ve helped hundreds of schools with technology adoption strategies across many challenging environments. Here are our top 10 tips for a successful implementation road map.

  1. Identify what problems or challenges you’re trying to resolve
  2. Gather information from students, parents, teachers, professors, administrators, donors, alumni and any other relevant groups; surveys, or focus groups can be great for this.
  3. Do your research and dig deep. Ask supplier/provider questions such as; Read More

Why Your School App Is Failing

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In the past few years, mobile apps have been added to the already large range of communication strategies available to schools. In a recent study, schools told us many of the expectations mobile apps promised to deliver have not materialised, and it’s been discovered that large gaps exist in essential app capabilities.

Why Are So Many School Apps Ineffective?

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2.9 cent ($NZ) School Text Messaging

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Now Available in NEW ZEALAND

BREAKTHROUGH NEW SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY

Save Your School $000’s in Cheaper SMS Costs

In 2002, MGM Wireless made the worldwide invention for schools to use SMS for absence messaging. Since then, over 1,700 schools across Australia, New Zealand, America and India have used MGM systems, including many Education Departments directly.

And we’ve sent a whopping 27+ million absence text messages too!


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2.5 cent School Text Messaging

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BREAKTHROUGH NEW SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY

Save Your School $000’s in Cheaper SMS Costs

In 2002, MGM Wireless made the worldwide invention for schools to use SMS for absence messaging. Since then, over 1,700 Australian schools have used MGM systems, including Education Departments in WA, NT, QLD and NSW, and we’ve sent a whopping 27+ million absence messages!


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Don’t give up on your School App – yet

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A common issue we often hear is that a school is just about ready to give up on their school app because they’re just not happy with the results. It could be that parents aren’t downloading, or that parent engagement is much lower than was expected. But instead of abandoning your App it’s important to stop and ask, ‘what has gone wrong?’

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School App Evolution

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3-minute read.

“How to make the App switch”

Getting parents to download and use your existing school App was hard. Now that you’ve decided you need to move to a new secure App – how do you go about it without alarming parents? A strategic approach is required. Spending a little time planning the change will build parents’ confidence and engagement.

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