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    We use edutxt edutxt - txt messaging for education and have used Janet txt in the past

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    Just adding another name into the hat: we had a presentation from txttools - txt messaging for education, healthcare and business TXT Tools recently, not sure if we'll be going with them or not at this stage.

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    edutxt - txt messaging for education

    txttools - txt messaging for education, healthcare and business

    The above 2 are actually the same company! I thought the website was similar

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    try txtaround

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    Teachers 2 Parents

    We use this at our school, AFAIK it integrates with SIMS and is so simple in fact, that I've never used it, the office staff know all the ins and outs of it.

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    Does the school see any tangible benifit in spending soo much money sending out text messages? £1000 just to tell parents the school is closed? don't they have radio stations that broadcast that for you?

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    We use schoolcomms as well - works really well along side SIMS. Pricing is decent enough and its easy to use software is good news as well!

    Sims are bringing out intouch but I cant say im keen, it doesnt have the functionality of schoolcomms although im sure itll get there one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Does the school see any tangible benifit in spending soo much money sending out text messages? £1000 just to tell parents the school is closed? don't they have radio stations that broadcast that for you?

    Ben
    As we bus a lot of students into school - the majority of the time a late decision is made from the bus company whether they can get the buses on the road etc. If a lot of schools are off, it is quite possible that there could be a long list of schools given out over the radio which may get missed.

    I agree the TXT system is expensive but it hits our target audiance immediately. We also utilise it to remind parents of events such as parents evenings, student exams etc which is another benefit of the system. I am going to investigate costs of similar systems to see if there is a cost saving from another provider.

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    Yeah, I cant see us ever going for the full subscription unlimited text model as most companies seem to be charging around £5000 per year for it. We'll probably just stick with 4p per text when we require it for emergencies and use Email Bulletin's/Website updates for the rest of the information. When you send out a text you only get 160 characters so most of the time it's just a one line messge saying x,y,z is cancelled. Please see the website or conact the school for additional information.

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    We use Clarion Call. No idea how much it costs as I'm only involved in syncing the details via a push update from our MIS server. As well as the rare closure message, we use it regularly to update on match fixture changes which might require pupils to be picked up earlier than anticipated. We also use them for bulk mailing our weekly newsletter to ease load on our own mail server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    We use Clarion Call. No idea how much it costs as I'm only involved in syncing the details via a push update from our MIS server. As well as the rare closure message, we use it regularly to update on match fixture changes which might require pupils to be picked up earlier than anticipated. We also use them for bulk mailing our weekly newsletter to ease load on our own mail server.
    They quoted us £5000-ish per year (for 1500 pupils) though it did include email bulletin support aswell as texts. Hard to justify it unless we start using it on a pretty serious scale though.

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    29 September_InTouch East Sussex.pdf

    have some more info on InTouch!

    nb: done for our LEA but I hope it provides some insight...

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    I think that is where the cost becomes secondary, when you can instantly contact your whole school parents and let them know, even with only 10 minutes to leave. I had an email from a parent during the 2009 snow to tell me that they were getting in the car to make a 'trek' to school, only to see the text, got kids out of car and put kettle on. Never forget that infact I kept a copy (somewhere!).

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    We use Truancy Call / Call Parents here for that sort of thing. Seems to work well.

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    +1 for Keep Kids Safe. I don't use system but I know from all the admin staff that do that it is easy to use and I know when I have contacted them with an issue I have had a really rapid response. Unfortunately I don't know the costs involved.

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