In January 2021, Tapiochre undertook the delivery of online training courses for their school customers. The impact of coronavirus was continuing to  impact the ability to visit schools to provide face-to-face coaching and despite best efforts it was simply impossible to attend in person as we normally do. One of the keys of implementing a successful remote coaching service is to ensure that not only is it properly marketed but it also has to be easy for attendees to book onto chosen sessions and to  benefit from timely and appropriate communication about the event.

To achieve this we implemented a booking platform, embedded in our website and gave access to our schools so they could identify  sessions which would fit their needs both functionally and at a time that would not conflict with day-to-day routine schoolwork.

The system worked perfectly.  Within the first week of launching our training event booking platform, our first three sessions were completely full and between early January and late April, we have been delighted to provide online training to over 180 attendees from some 35 schools!

Our courses cover all  activities which administrators perform on a day-to-day basis from the foundations of website management and article editing through to document control,  calendar management,  creation of effective web links extending out to making attractive and self managing alert announcements and more.

Our existing courses will  continue to run  on a cyclical basis  throughout the academic year to enable administrators who have not had opportunity to join but also in May we are launching a new suite of courses looking at:

Online forms creation

More and more schools are looking at online forms as a way to gather parent information and requests rather than relying upon traditional paper-based forms. Our new online forms toolkit allows school administrators to create as many forms as they wish using simple drag-and-drop features and then display those forms in webpages that they manage.

Centralised document management

This particular  offering is targeted at schools which sit within a Trust or other form of Academy environment.  the package is designed to allow the trust to produce a single set of documents (for example policies) which they will then publish on their own website but then, within 5 to 10 minutes the same files will be displayed on schools within the trust. No involvement is required by school administrators to make this happen, it all takes place from the trust using automation.  This will be an incredible timesaver for schools administrators and will eliminate so much of the duplication and potential for mistakes which can happen!

Embedding of MS Excel CSV  files for viewing on pages

We now have access to smart technology to allow  schools to upload MS CSV  format files folding tables ( for example staff governors)  to their websites for them to be automatically displayed on a standard webpage for the table to be read rather than being a file to be downloaded. This in itself is a life saver as generally adding tables to a web page is not much fun! The really cool part is that when the CSV file is updated, then the page it is displayed on is automagically updated too!

The three  new offerings bring significant advantages to schools where time is valuable and resources are short.

For more information about our courses and a list of current sessions please click here!

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We blog from time to time when there is something worth blogging about! We look at how schools change how they use their websites and how we can respond to those changes and when we have something really interesting to say, we will! Thanks for reading!

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July 01, 2021

Centralised File Management for MATs

One problem that Multi Academy Trust environments have is 'how can we be confident that our academy schools are all displaying the most recent and correct policy documents?' In fact, this question has many threads to it, the most relevant being that the methods that many MATs use to keep schools updated rely on quite rudimentary but sadly flaw-ridden processes; emailing updated files to the school administration or head is one way for the school to miss the email or they see it but action it much later than the MAT head office would like. That, or the MAT administrator has to login to each remote school console and make the changes themselves. Its all a real pain.

May 05, 2021

Online Training Course Successes!

In January 2021, Tapiochre undertook the delivery of online training courses for their school customers. The impact of coronavirus was continuing to  impact the ability to visit schools to provide face-to-face coaching and despite best efforts it was simply impossible to attend in person as we normally do. One of the keys of implementing a successful remote coaching service is to ensure that not only is it properly marketed but it also has to be easy for attendees to book onto chosen sessions and to  benefit from timely and appropriate communication about the event.

August 21, 2020

Ditch paper-based newsletters? Surely not?

Since the emergence of wordprocessing and desktop publishing, schools have sent out newsletters in Microsoft Word or Publisher to parents in hardcopy or electronically. And the timing of those newsletters differs from weekly to once per term, so we often get quite a varied response when we ask how these schools deal with the newsletter problem.

August 29, 2018

Social Networks - thoughts for Schools

If I had a pound for every head teacher who said they were worried about using the leading social media platforms "Twitter" and "Facebook" I think I would have £45.00, or perhaps more. The main fears are that, let's call them, 'certain users' will take advantage of the ability to publically post comments as a way to complain or, even worse, be abusive or threatening toward the school or its staff. From experience, such behaviour is rare but when it does happen the implications for the school can be significant, calling up all manner of policies like complaints, greivances, acceptable use,  safeguarding and more.

August 21, 2020

What's a decent school blog page look like?

I am often asked this question when primary schools start blogging. Essentially, the question stems from a fear of the unknown but experience has shown that teachers make excellent bloggers and there is a good reason for this. Teachers know what is happening in their classrooms, better than anyone else.

September 16, 2020

Statutory Information for school websites

Schools often ask us if there is a prescribed set of information which has to be provided in order to be compliant with government legislation. This legislation was established in September 2012 and continues to evolve as regulatory demands change. Occasionally, local authorities will make recommendations for additional content to be shown on your school website. This is further compounded by the demands of schools within a diocesan setting. Please refer to your local setting for this guidance.

August 25, 2019

The beauty of Open Source

We like to 'bang on' about Open Source (OS). The very nature of OS software (or hardware) creates significant benefits for us and for our customers because it reduces 'time to market' for our websites and also drives cost out of the business model. Why make things from scratch if OS offers low cost but highly functional software as a way to build websites and online applications.

August 24, 2019

Do we 'do' WordPress?

Well, there’s a good question!

As most of our websites need the levels of massive flexibility for the positioning of blocks of information on different pages and in different locations on that page, we have generally used the Joomla content management system (CMS). The fact that we often need to add a chunk of information in any position we wish on any page that we desire is so well handled by Joomla’s modular framework that it is the logical decision to use it instead of WordPress. That doesn't mean to say that WordPress is not a valid option for some blogging and medium-sized websites. In fact, we have seen some fairly significant scale corporate websites running WordPress!