School Apps Built for Great Communication.

Discover how EdUnity can help upgrade your School Communication with your very own School App. Say goodbye to endless communication channels.

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Reach Parents with School App Notifications

Instant, Unlimited and Free School Messaging.

Push Notifications are the ideal school alternative to SMS and Email. Utilising your School's existing app, you can quickly reach parents in seconds across all of their devices.

School Notifications

How Quickly are Notifications Received by Parents?

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Our tests show Notifications can be received within 0.05 seconds of sending, making them an incredibly quick and effective part of your School's Communication Systems - also suitable for use within your emergency broadcast communications.

Can I See When Notifications are Delivered?

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Yes! Our platform, will audit messages and provide 'Proof of Delivery'. This means that the Message has been received by the user.

How many Notifications can I send a Month?

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Unlimited! We believe in encouraging great school communication, and to do that, you need to have the tools and services that let you reach parents and students 24/7.

Meet our School Savings Guarantee

In an industry first, we are putting our money where our mouth is. If your school doesn't save on the cost of switching to EdUnity, we'll match the cost difference in your subscription renewal.

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School Notifications

Advanced User Grouping and Management

Manage Users and Groups

You can send messages to specific groups, whether an after school club, pupils of a particular bus route or parents in a class. You can also connect and sync Class Groups between your School's Management Information System and EdUnity.

What Groups can I Create?

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Groups are an integral part of our platform and are there to simplify your school administration. Groups can be used to manage children in a group, parents of a particular class or just about anything else.

Can I Import Groups?

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Yes, you can both import users and assign groups - or you can sync with your School's MIS and we will discover and add groups automatically!

Can I send Messages to Multiple Groups?

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Yes. Whether you are sending a message, notification or even a file - you can choose to send to a user, selected users or any group(s) you select.

More than meets the eye.
A whole lot more.

Scheduling

Send messages straight away - or schedule to send later. A simple, but effective productivity booster for your entire school team.

Deep-Link Actions

Sending a reminder to fill out a form? This time, tap the message and we'll open the form. Messages are more actionable, in just a tap.

Marketplace

Tap into a range of 3rd Party tools for Communication to let your School's App do even more.

Speak to a Solutions Advisor

Do you have a particular challenge around School Communication you are looking to address? Maybe your technology is in need of an update or you are fed up of paying over the odds for SMS and Email that simply doesn't deliver? If this sounds like a familiar story then our Solutions Advisors may be able to help, so book a free appointment and let us show you how we can help.

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"Parents Have a Clear Preference for Digital Communications."

- 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.

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School Apps for

Communications
In an era of hyper-communication, society has shifted to demand more from schools by way of communication. It's not just expectations, the data is clear to on how effective communication can lead to higher attainment levels. Yet despite this, many schools lack access to the tools and resources that can truly augment and enhance your school communication.

What are the Difference Communication Tools Available?

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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.

Are Communications included with all Subscriptions?

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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.

Can We Change the Communication Features Over Time?

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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.

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The Research

and Evidence
Ever wondered what the research and evidence say about School Communication? Here are some of the key take aways.

What has successful school-home communication been attributed to?

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Successful parental communication and school-home engagement has been linked to a number of areas, but the key benefits for schools can be summarised as:

1. Attributed to higher student grades and pupil attainment levels (American Psychology Association, 2014)
2. Attributed to increasing the likelihood of post-secondary education (Grand Rapids Public School District, 2018)
3. Attributed to developing student confidence in the classroom (Journal of Education and Practice, Volume 7, 2016)
3. Attributed to stimulating good classroom behaviour (Journal of Education and Practice, Volume 7, 2016)

How can EdUnity Help Our School 'Evidence' Parental-Engagement?

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Evidencing parental engagement is one of those school headaches. Both Ofsted and ISI state the importance of school-home engagement, but there is no clear way to evidence progression. Well, until EdUnity. We use built-in Analytics to provide you a detailed overview of how parents and students are using your School's App. It is a great way of providing supporting evidence to school inspectors and monitoring your school's progress over time.

How can you help our school to improve engagement levels?

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Using our Analytics data, and expertise in Apps and home engagement, our team is always ready to lend a hand. We can help your school draft winning strategies that deliver improved and sustained levels of engagement, without taking up additional time or resources. Simply speak to us in the App Manager and we can put together simple steps and strategies, then review these with you to find what works best for your school community.

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App

Notifications
Our frequently asked questions about Notifications.

Is there a Character Limit on Notifications?

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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.

Can We Send Attachments with Notifications?

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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.

Why are Notifications Free on EdUnity?

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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.

How Quickly are notifications received?

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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.

Where can users see notifications?

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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.

What Happens if I'm Not Connected to the Internet?

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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.

Are Notifications Reliable for Parents in a slow internet connectivity area?

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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.

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School Apps

for Mailbox
Our frequently asked questions about Mailbox.

Can I Send Attachments in Mailbox?

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You can upload and share attachments with Parents and Students by using Mailbox. We support a wide range of file types making it a great alternative for email.

What Elements can I Add into a Mailbox Message?

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You can compose a Mailbox Message by adding different elements such as Text, Attachments, Images, Videos, Links and even a Map Address! We've designed Mailbox to be functional and simple.

Let's say you are organising a School Trip. It is easy to send a message to parents about the school trip with attachments, images and information. Then we can add a link to an in-app form to register for the school trip! All in one, message and without leaving your school's app.

Can Parents Reply to Mailbox Messages?

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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.

Are Users Notified When they have a new message?

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If you select the "Notify" option, we will send a notification to all users when they have a new Inbox message waiting.

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School Apps

for Alert Systems
Our frequently asked questions about Alert Systems.

What is the Alerts System?

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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.

Does the Alerts System Notify Users?

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No, the Alerts System is a 'Passive Alerting System' designed to provide regular reminders each time you open the app. To notify a user, you can use the Notifications setting.

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