The Weekly Hoot

The News you have 'owl' been waiting for!

Each week this update will bring you the latest news from eSchools HQ!  Featuring tips & tricks to help you get the most from your eSchools platform, advice, new features added to your platform and more... please see below for this week's newsletter.

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July 20th 2022

It’s the final Hoot of the academic year, so here are some last minute tips…

Should you require any assistance over the summer, our email and support lines will remain open. If you have any questions about how to make the most of the fantastic features within eSchools or even give your website a fresh look for the new academic year, please do get in touch!

Remember, the eSchools Academy is available throughout the Summer holidays with FAQs, downloadable guides and how-to videos. See our Knowledge Base area for top tips to help administrators and teachers upon your return. 

If you know a neighbouring school who would benefit from using our easy-to-use online tools, tell us about them and earn rewards with our  referral scheme! See more here.

We also want to hear your thoughts as eSchools looks to improve upon our all-in-one tools. If you can help, please take the time to complete our questionnaires here


A reminder to take a look at our Prepare for September tips, with helpful advice on the ways you can be ready for the last day of term. 

  • Tips for Administrators can be seen here.
  • Tips for Teachers can be seen here.
  • You can see our full range of advice here.

We have a great tip for you this week… have a fantastic summer break!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support over this past year, and we look forward to working with you next term.


Our Recorded catch-ups can be seen here and be sure to answer our Monthly Poll question here. Don’t forget to have a go at our weekly just-for-fun quiz too! Answers to last time’s quiz: 1. b) Delete old campaigns from your sent box 2. So that it has time to update before the first day of term 3. So that their parents aren’t duplicated on your MIS 4. ePay 5. Manually created users

July 13th 2022

We want you to be ready for the next term! This week we have advice on how you can prepare your website…

It’s at this time of year that you may want to think about your website. Firstly, you may be thinking about giving it a new coat of paint with a redesign or you may be welcoming a new Headteacher who may want to ring the changes. If this is the case, get in touch with our design team who can talk you through the redesign process. See more on this here.

If a redesign is not required, you may want to consider giving your website content a tidy. Over the year it is easy for websites to grow organically with new pages and sub-categories, so consider reorganising or deleting old content now before the new term starts. More information on this can be seen on a previous recorded catch up.

Be aware that we can assist in moving some of your content. If you need to move pages from one category to another, we can do it for you, saving you the time of recreating content. All we need is the name of the page, it’s current location and where you need it to be moved to. Call our Support Team who would be happy to assist.


Teachers! Take a look at our Prepare for September tips here with helpful advice on the ways you can be ready for the last day of term. 

For example, prepare your projects now! You can set all of your Projects for the year in advance! Think of your Projects as a storage area for your class activities. Get prepared for next term and add class work here ahead of time.

We also have some Prepare for September Tips for Administrators which you can see here. You can see our full range of advice here.


Here’s a little reminder regarding the Ukraine School initiative. If you are welcoming new students from the Ukraine next term remember that you can register for free online eSchools tools including Projects, Homework and Blogs, and content can be converted to Ukrainian for the end user.

The Ukraine School platform and app can be accessed by Ukrainian teachers and students. To find out more please contact hello@ukraineschool.com or fill in the form here.


Our Recorded catch-ups can be seen here and be sure to answer our Monthly Poll question here. Don’t forget to have a go at our weekly just-for-fun quiz too! Answers to last time’s quiz: 1. Mars Bar 2. Malteasers 3. Galaxy 4. Rolos 5. Cadbury’s Caramel

July 6th 2022

It’s not too early to think about September. We’re here with advice on how you can get prepared early…

The theme for July, unsurprisingly, is “Prepare for September”, and we have a new short video each week focussing on what you can do or consider now, whilst you are closed and on the first day you return,

Take a look at the first video in the July series here and check back each Wednesday to see the next.

Here, you’ll also be able to see June’s series of videos based around the theme of “All Change”; we’d advise taking a look at those if you haven’t already, as there’s a wealth of advice and ideas you can adopt to ensure you’re ready for the end of the Academic Year.

See all recorded catch-ups here.


And on a similar note, take a look at our End of Year Tips with helpful advice on the ways you can prepare before the last day of term. 

For example, consider clearing away old correspondence – the Delete button will not only delete it for you, it will also remove the Letter from the Letters Home section for the user you sent it to. You can also delete in bulk by setting a date, to clear everything sent prior to it. See more on deleting letters here.

See our full range of advice here.


Schools will want next years new parents to download the eSchools app so that they can stay in touch with them on the move! You can encourage them to download the app today, so that they are ready to receive their login details from you in the new year!

Pass on the details on how to download the app or share the poster, which you can download from our assets page. Parents can quickly download the app via the handy QR code (above).


Our Recorded catch-ups can be seen here and be sure to answer our Monthly Poll question here. Don’t forget to have a go at our weekly just-for-fun quiz too! Answers to last time’s quiz: 1. Adam and The Ants 2. U2 3. Blur 4. Crazy Town 5. Owl City

June 29th 2022

With only one more month to go, we’re here to make sure you are prepared for the end of term…

 

If you missed our recent webinars on how to prepare for the end of the academic year, don’t worry, all of our advice can be seen on the eSchools Academy.

Take a look at our End of Year Tips with helpful advice on the ways you can prepare before the last day of term. 

For example, you may want to take his opportunity to look at your MIS data; are there any errors you can tidy up as you enter details on your new intake? This may also ensure that your users have access to eSchools throughout the summer. For further tips on managing MIS data click here and for more advice on all aspects of your eSchools platform click here.


Teachers and Administrators can take advantage of free training at any time; this is worth bearing in mind if you have new starters beginning at the start of the next academic year. 

On the subject of new starters, take a look at our First Steps section. Whether you’re a member of staff, a student or a governor, our tips will give you a guiding hand and suggest the best way of navigating through your modules.

See more here.


Remember that anything written in Staff Chat will be seen by all staff! If you have staff leaving at the end of term and are planning gifts or surprises for them, Staff Chat may not be the best place to share ideas – as your exiting staff will see them! 

Why not instead create a Group, excluding those members of staff that are saying ‘au revoir’?! Now you can discuss a surprise party without them knowing about it!

See more on Groups here.

See more on Staff Chat here.


Our Recorded catch-ups can be seen here and be sure to answer our Monthly Poll question here. Don’t forget to have a go at our weekly just-for-fun quiz too! Answers to last time’s quiz: 1. Ziggy Marley 2. David Bowie 3. Kirk Douglas 4. Norah Jones 5. Matilda (Tilly) Ramsey