Recent Updates

Each week this update will bring you the latest news from eSchools HQ!  The updates feature tips & tricks to help you get the most from your eSchools platform, news of free online training sessions, new features added to your platform and more... please see below for this week's update.

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April 21st 2019

Just a quick update this week, so you can go back to enjoying the Easter Break! Our support channels will only be closed during Bank Holidays, but if you need assistance, remember that the eSchools Academy is available with downloadable guides, ‘how-to’ videos, tips, suggestions and more!

Don’t forget to enter our half-termly quiz here and you could win a fantastic prize! Our weekly quiz has also been updated – can you name the VIPs taking part in an Easter egg hunt? Good luck!

Answers to last week’s quiz can be found below!

  1. Cat 2. Rabbit 3. Parrot 4. Dog 5. Hamster

April 14th 2019

As many of you will be enjoying some well-earned rest now that the end of term is here, this weeks update will be brief! Don’t forget, our support channels will remain open throughout the holiday, just in case you need a hand.

Our weekly quiz doesn’t take a holiday! Please find the latest one here. Our half-termly quiz is also underway and you can download and submit your answers by clicking on the button below. This half-term the theme is famous people who were once teachers!

Answers to last weeks quiz can be found below!

  1. Cuckoo Clock 2. Greenwich Mean Time 3. Coldplay 4. Sunday 27th October 5. Terry Gilliam

April 7th 2019

Our half-termly quiz all about fictional schools has had a tremendous response, with entries coming in from across the country! Well done to everyone who took part! This quiz is now closed and we have drawn the lucky winner… congratulations go to Steam Mills Primary School! A copy of Striker Boy by Jonny Zucker is on its way to you!

If you were unsuccessful this time – don’t worry! A new prize-winning half term quiz is now open! See the new quiz, as well as the previous answers here, and don’t forget our regular weekly quiz, just for fun, to get you thinking… click here to see this week’s questions!

More NSPCC content is now available in Projects. Teachers are able to use and share this content with their students. For more information on how to copy existing Projects to your teaching area please click here and use the search tag: ‘NSPCC’.

Answers to last week’s weekly quiz can be found below! 1. Judy Garland (Liza Minnelli) 2. Goldie Hawn (Kate Hudson) 3. Sharon Osbourne (Jack Osbourne) 4. Janet Ellis (Sophie Ellis-Bextor) 5. Janet Leigh (Jamie Lee Curtis)

March 31st 2019 

A very happy mothering Sunday to all!

So, we promised you the result of last Saturday’s #EduFootyAid fixture between the North East and the North West. Was it an event of high drama? It was an absolute thriller! In the end the North East won 2-1 on penalties with the game ending 7-7! Congratulations are well deserved for both teams taking part for a great cause – Mind, the country’s leading mental health charity.

With the new term just around the corner, we’re looking at the latest version of our attendance registration tool, Simple Registers. The Simple Register aims to streamline the process of taking the register and populates your SIMS, based on attendance marks added by teachers. Even if you already use our registration tool, you may not be aware that we have a simplified version to help streamline the process further:

How it works

  1. Teachers login to their eSchools account and may take the register for each class they are attached to.
  2. By selecting a simple green or red mark the teacher indicates whether or not each child is present.
  3. The information is written directly back to SIMS at the end of registration…that’s it!

Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Prevents an incorrect attendance code being added to the register (Simple Registers provide just two options, ‘ / ‘ or ‘N’)
  • Not possible for a mark added in SIMS to be overwritten by those taking the register (for example, if a child is marked in SIMS with an ‘I’ for the following day, the code will appear in the register, but will not be editable)
  • Speeds up registration. With just a red or green option to choose, registration is quick and easy!

There are many other benefits including; the opportunity to take the register on your tablet, each school can select their own open & close times for registration, take dinner registers alongside attendance, automatically collate a daily absentee list and many more!

If you think Simple Registers could assist the registration process at your school, please get in touch with our support team. A video demonstration of how they work is available here.

You may have seen our video on how to embed a Google Form last week. Since then, we’ve been contacted by a number of schools who wondered whether it was possible to embed a Microsoft Form too! Well… it is! You can see our updated page with both videos here.

The deadline for the half-term quiz is almost upon us! Make sure you don’t miss out by clicking here and submitting your answers before 4th April. And of course we have our weekly quiz, just for fun, to get you thinking… click here to see this week’s questions!

Answers to last week’s quiz can be found below!
1. B (Files) 2. C (Homework) 3. A (Parents Evening) 4. A (Projects) 5. B (Dashboard)