I meant to post this last week, but events got the better of me. One of the exhibitors at BETT was EventElephant (EventElephant: An Organiser's Best Friend), and they have a rather nifty site which deals with managing and publicising your schools events (sports days, plays etc). What you do is create an account with them and follow a step by step template to create a site which will not only advertise your event, link in with Google Maps, allow people to register for the event and handle payments (if it is a paid for event such as some school plays) via most online payment methods such as PayPal and credit\debit cards. You can skin the site and add logos etc as you wish and amend any of the information you have included at any time.
When I asked what the money angle was they told me that free events are just that, free. But is the event is paid for they will take 4.5% of the ticket price, which seems quite reasonable considering the time and effort the site saves.
I shall be using EventElephant to organise the next conference (May time BTW) as it is a fantastic resource.
Just to add to this...
We were one of the schools on the pilot for this & would be happy to talk to anybody thinking about using it.
Short version- easy to use, works very well, parents seem to like it.
Interesting. Thanks, i'll take a closer look once Ofsted depart on Friday.
Nice one - I'll pass the info to our event organisers
We were also one of the initial pilot schools using the Event Elephant Service (Costello Technology College). It is an excellent service that provides schools with a no nonsense solution to engage the wider community group, particularly parents. With parental engagement set high on the agenda by the DCSF the system has really supported us in how we are engaging with our parents, some of whom are harder to reach than others. We have already used the service to notify parents of Parent focus group meetings as well as Y10 optin evenings - this has gone down very well with parents and as also streamlined school administration.
We are thinking of many other school events that the service can be used for, both paid and free. Ideas include Option evenings, School Production, Adult Education Courses to name but a few.
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