This January 2015 there will be 10 new schools with whom we’ll share what we’ve learned from working in the powerful area of social parental engagement. Our network of socially savvy schools and families is ever growing.
This year it’s impact and engagement data that’s a big focus for us now as we’ve seen it support Heads through inspection, Governors and SLT reviews when faced with the question “So what?”
If you’d like to know more about answering the “so what?” question do drop us a line and we’d be happy to help whether you have an existing social presence or not.
It’s been a great year of learning and collaboration for us as SocialSchoolMedia and I’d like to say thank you to all the local authority & CLC colleagues we’ve met over the last few months.
With more schools launching in the new year its going to be busy and very exciting see how each one harnesses social media for good in their communities, building parental engagement with Facebook for schools.
Also happening in the new year will be emerging research from Salford University with whom we’re working to evidence the impact of our joint work using social media for all the good reasons you know already. As an aside I came across this great article from the US which adds more to why successful leaders use social media – recommended.
“Bringing down invisible walls is so satisfying.”
Sounds like something Marcel Marceau would have said, or more likely mimed, but if you’re the kind of person who’s constantly striving to bring your school community in closer you’ll get where I’m coming from.
If you’re looking for a party trick this Christmas then here’s how to mime a wall as shown by an expert! Very best wishes for the festive season & New Year.
We thought this short video might help you help your governors and other colleagues understand where we see things going and also to give you answers to questions you might have. Hope it helps see the value of parental engagement with Facebook for schools.
A quick update on how we’re getting on, not in our words, but from new parents at our first UK fully Facebook-driven parent and business community primary school.
“We’ve already added the school’s Facebook page to keep up to date ahead of our daughter starting at the school in September (my wife thinks it’s a great way to keep parents informed too!)
When parents who have a child coming to the school in September feel able to tune in to the school even before they’ve bought the uniform that has to be a good thing. Our approach is very different. We know that visiting the school website can often feel just like standing outside the school wall with no real chance to step inside and sample the school ethos.
Contact us if your school would like to be getting this kind of response from your prospective intake’s parents.