School communication can sometimes feel very one-sided, and that often comes down to the platforms we use. Sending parents to websites, social media accounts and to their email's junk folder - means that despite your best intents, information gets missed!
School communication is routinely one of the biggest sources of financial waste in schools. Let's change that. Using an app, your school can reduce the need for SMS, email, printing and parent portal services without ever jeopardising on your parent outreach strategies.
EdUnity creates tailor made School Apps built specifically to meet your school's communication requirements. From Notifications, to Attachments and Long Form messages - we help you reach parents where it's easiest.
Great school communication is good, but engaged parents is better. EdUnity combines analytics from your school community with a wide range of features that promote a more engaged parents.
We help schools to build and deploy great apps for a wide range of reasons, addressing challenges from school communication to distance learning. Discover why schools like yours choose EdUnity, and what it means to have a School App which gets smarter.
Kate Richards, Chief Inspector of the Independent Schools Inspectorate ISI) 2018
Both the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and Ofsted, recognise the importance of effective school-home engagement and its impact on pupil attainment across the education spectrum. Effective school-communication is one of the simplest ways school leaders can address parental satisfaction and improve long-term school performance objectives.
Reach parents with notifications instead of SMS, completely free and unlimited.
Built-in mailbox feature for longer messages and attachments.
Easy user management with Groups, send messages and more.
Boost productivity by scheduling messages into the future.
Get parents to act on a message by linking to forms, actions and more.
Integrate your School's App with a wide range of services from our App Store.
If you are ready to get started, reach out to us and we will connect you with a School Solutions Advisor to explore whether EdUnity is a good fit for your school.
Runs in the cloud, no infrastructure needed.
No need to run expensive servers or be a technical guru. We fully host and maintain all White Labels.
Notifications received in under 0.05 seconds.
Our team handles all app design and publishing needs so you can focus on client relationships.
Protecting your users and keeping your app safe.
EdUnity maintains full legal compliance on App Store checks, GDPR and Cyber-Security to ensure your clients have a safe school app.
Access fast support in your preferred method.
Your customers will only see your branding, both on the apps and the back end.
School communication is the process of sharing information with parents and families. All schools, must in some form or another communicate with parents and in many countries this is a legal obligation. The scope and degree to which a school communicates can have significant implications on a child's learning and development.
Successful school communication and parental engagement have been linked to a number of areas. School communication has been linked to higher student grades and pupil attainment levels (American Psychology Association, 2014), achievement of post-secondary education (Grand Rapids Public School District, 2018), developing student confidence in the classroom (Journal of Education and Practice, Volume 7, 2016) and stimulating good classroom behaviour (Journal of Education and Practice, Volume 7, 2016).
EdUnity offers a number of different communication tools that can be adapted to meet a wide range of scenarios.
1. Notifications: Notifications are similar to Text Messages, best for shorter messages and reminders that should be seen quickly by parents or your school community.
2. Mailbox: For times when you need to send longer messages, attachments or rich media such as photos and videos, every user has a dedicated in-app Mailbox to receive and reply to these messages.
3. Alert System: The Alert System can be used to display a repeated warning, for example, in case of a COVID Hygiene Reminder or Tornado Alert. They don't distract users, but present reoccurring reminders for important messages.
With Marketplace, you can also discover a wide range of 3rd Party tools that extend your app's functionality with features such as Bulk SMS, Email Messaging and automatic Social Media posts.
Yes! There are no additional costs. Included with every subscription, is free and unlimited use of the communication tools and features in EdUnity. We believe in strong school-home engagement, and therefore never apply any usage limits or extra charges, as we want your school to make the most of communication tools available.
Yes, it is easy to add or remove features from your app at anytime. Meaning if your communication needs change over time, you can adjust your app to meet your current needs. Our team are always happy to assist in-app, and can add new features as needed.
We would love to help. You can email us at email@example.com or use the Live Chat to reach a member of the team. We hope to hear from you soon!
A range of subscription plans exist to make apps accessible to all schools, a fundamental part of our mission at EdUnity. These plans start at £80 per month up to £250 per month for large schools. We do not charge any set-up fees or usage quotas. For more advanced configurations, such as for a University, or Multi-Academy Trust we advise speaking to a Solutions Advisor who will be able to assist further.
We accept payments via BACS, Bank Transfer, Cheque or Credit/Debit Card. All subscriptions are billed annually.
No, EdUnity does not offer a free trial. As every app is built specifically to your school it simply isn't possible to. We can however go through demonstrations and explore requirements in detail before there is any commitment.
No! On long messages we will show a preview (about 240 characters) but parents can tap the notification to view the full message in your app. Just like a text message.
You can set a Notification to open a particular page in the app or URL. To send attachments you can use the Inbox, parents will still receive an alert when they have a new messages.
One of our core objectives is to enable better parental engagement (check out our Mission Statement) - and we know it's hard to do that if at the back of your mind you're thinking every time you contact parents it will be charged. So that is it, we want to help you achieve greatness in communication.
Push Notifications use our super speedy app infrastructure, and in technical terms, your notifications can be received by users in 50 milliseconds (0.5 seconds). It is a lot quicker and more reliable than using SMS or Email as you aren't reliant on third-party infrastructure or cellular service.
Notifications need either a WiFi or Data Connection to the internet to be received, if you are temporarily not connected - messages will be synced and received as soon as the device connects. If you are on a mobile data connection, receiving a notification is unlikely to incur any data charges owing to their small size. To put it in perspective, to fully use a 1GB data plan - you would need to receive 1 million notifications.
Notifications have a maximum size of 2 kilobytes, meaning they are very small "files". Even on a very slow or unreliable internet connection they will take seconds to load and be received almost instantly making them suitable for those on both slow and fast internet connections. As a result, in areas with limited phone or cellular service, notifications can be a particularly good alternative for parents and schools.
Unlike an SMS, you can see notifications on whichever device you are using. Whether you're wearing a Smart Watch, using your Phone or a Tablet - your school messages are there to be seen. All you need is your School's App installed on your device, and we are good to go.
Yes! There is a reply function, so if parents have a follow-up question they can reply to your message. You can configure in your App settings to reply to the message sender or a specified email. Alternatively, you can choose to disable this feature.
The Alerts System is an in-app pop-up alert that is show to users every time they open your School's App. It is ideal for a wide range of situations such as:
1. COVID Social Distancing Reminders
2. Tornado Warning and Dangerous Weather Conditions Alert
3. Study and Revision Reminders
4. School Intruder or Emergency Alerts
Users can dismiss the Alerts but are prompted each time they open until you end the Alert.