Milton Keynes Schools Combat Absenteeism with Truancy Call
Four secondary schools in Milton Keynes are installing automatic nofication systems to prevent truancy and improve communications with parents.
The four schools have worked collaboratively with the Local Authority to use government funding to tackle the growing issue of truancy.
Truancy Call contacts the parents of absentees via email, SMS text and voice calling to obtain a direct response from the parent without the need to invest in new telephone systems, additional phone lines or a new computer. The system is also helping to safeguard pupil welfare in the area as both parents and the school are aware as soon as a child is missing.
John O’Donnell, Headteacher, The Radcliffe School in Milton Keynes, commented: “We are looking forward to seeing the impact Truancy Call and Call Parents will bring to everyday school life. The school is keen to improve attendance and free up staff time, reducing administrative tasks. We hope that as parents and children become aware of the systems in place, they will understand there is less chance of getting away with truancy, putting the onus on parents to ensure their children are in school. The system will also encourage the parents to work in partnership with the school, raising dialogue and improving communications.”
The four schools will also benefit from the automatic notification system Call Parents, enabling schools to engage with parents directly. Call Parents is designed to instantly send information messages to parents by telephone, text message and email, keeping them informed of school announcements. With just a few clicks schools can send messages to the parents of all pupils, a specific year, group or class. With Call Parents schools can keep parents up to date on what is happening at their child’s school and the system reduces staff’s time, effort and money spent keeping in touch with parents.
Stephen Clarke, Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted to be able to provide Truancy Call and Call Parents to Milton Keynes. The Local Authority and these schools have recognised how technology can assist in the battle against truancy and improving communications with parents. We look forward to telling schools more about how our services can help open the lines of communication with schools, pupils and parents.”
Cllr Sandra Clark, Cabinet Member with responsibility for children and young people, Milton Keynes Council commented: “The Council decided to introduce Truancy Call and Call Parents to prevent parents from breaking the law and act as a safeguard for pupils. These are valuable tools for keeping in touch with parents and combating truants and it represents the City’s investment in young people and education.”
For more information on how Truancy Call or Call Parents can benefit your school, and other services from Truancy Call please contact 0870 046 4246, Email email@example.com or visit www.truancycall.com.