New Ed-Tech Tool Launched To Help Schools Seek Support

The planned shake-up of school funding means many head teachers may need to rely more and more on their own fundraising activities.

Teachers unions claim the new National Funding Formula sets the basic level of funding too low and it has been calculated that 98% of schools will face a funding cut for every pupil. Interim General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Malcolm Trode, sums up the potential problem as “the government is trying to slice up a cake which is too small”.

The changes have prompted Grofar, the popular careers guidance management solution, to develop a specially designed platform to help schools reach out to their local communities and bolster their fundraising efforts and access valuable services.

Managing Director James Robertson explains: “Our new ‘Community Heroes’ platform is essentially a funding and pledging service to help schools communicate with the local business community, parents, alumni and any other potential sources of funding and services. Whether it’s support for one-off pledges such as a fund-raising event, or a more significant project such as a campaign to fund a new playground, ‘Community Heroes’ will reduce the headache of fundraising for schools and help to give children the best possible opportunities.

“We’ve developed this platform to provide primary and secondary schools with the resource to build a powerful support network. Let’s not forget that being part of a community and engaging with that community is a really important part of a child’s overall education. ‘Community Heroes’ is a tool to help schools do that”.

The platform launch forms the focus of Grofar’s presence at Bett, the world’s leading education technology event, which begins at ExCel in London today (25 January).

“We are so confident that this will help schools to raise funds”, adds Robertson, “that if the app hasn’t paid for itself within the first 12 months, we’ll refund the upfront cost. It starts at just £249 for primary schools though, so I’ve absolutely no doubt that this will very quickly prove its worth and help schools through some potentially challenging times. The schools we’ve spoken to are already incredibly receptive to this idea”.

The platform includes a storyline for each fundraising initiative to offer a clear measure of success and to give recognition to all those who offer support. There will also be a ‘Community Heroes’ badge provided to funders, which can be placed on their websites by way of public recognition.

James Robertson says: “If the government does push ahead with its proposed new funding formula, we’re not suggesting ‘Community Heroes’ will solve the problems that this may throw up. But the schools we’ve spoken to have told us, loud and clear, that this idea will really help them to bring focus to their fundraising and provide them with access to valuable services at a time when a concerted effort could well make the difference to the future prospects of their pupils”.

‘Community Heroes’ is part of a broad initiative from Grofar to improve student aspirations and attainment while providing engagement with employers to develop core skills and provide experiences of the world of work.

Grow your Employer and Alumni network

Developing a strong employer & alumni network is key to providing a high-quality careers service.

Having access to external services and extra resources enables careers services to a provide more opportunities and great careers guidance at minimal cost.

Maintaining contacts, services and SLA’s is admin intensive. Grofar takes care of this for you.

Grofar have released the Business and Alumni portals so that employers and alumni members can complete their own profiles and manage the services that they can provide your school.

Learn how to develop your Employer and Alumni network in minutes and find out what your community can do for you.

4 ways to build your employer and alumni network

1) Email & Newsletter Invite

Include the registration link in emails or your termly newsletters to Employers and Alumni. Alternatively add the link to your school email footer.

Business email & newsletter invite

2) School Website Invite

Include the html registration link provided on your school website.

School Website Invite

3) Email List Invite 

Copy a list of email addresses and send out invites.

Business email & newsletter invite

4) Spreadsheet Import

Provide us with a spreadsheet of existing business or alumni contacts and we will import them for you.

Spreadsheet Invite

3 benefits that will save you time

1) Employers & Alumni manage their profiles

Employers and Alumni manage their own profiles and services and take care of the admin for you.

Business Profile

2) Get notified when a new Employer or Alumni registers

You will receive an in-app and email notifications when employers and alumni register.

Business Registration Alert

When an employer or alumni registers you can approve or decline requests.

Approve Decline Registration

3) See what services are available to your careers service

Use the Business and Alumni Databases to explore the services provided. Group businesses and alumni and record interactions and engagements.

Business Database Table

 

Grofar Product Update

The team have been busy collecting feedback and fulfilling our commitment to improving Grofar. We will release new features and updates every 2 weeks which I look forward to sharing with you.

I am delighted to take you through some of our recent product updates.

Careers Plan – Student Entitlement Statements

The Careers Plan generator now includes a section for you to define Student Entitlement Statements for each year groups. As with all other sections within the Careers Plan, we provide you with example text so you are not starting from scratch!

Careers Plan Student Entitlement Statements

Did you know you can host the Careers Plan on your website and changes are updated automatically?

Student Passport – What Have I Learnt?

All student activity is automatically logged to their Student Passport. We have added the “What I Learnt” feature to capture student’s thoughts immediately after an activity. Students are prompted by an email and within the Student Portal to record “What I Learnt”.

Student Activity Log What Have I Learnt

Did you know you can filter the Students Database by the students who have completed Action Plans, making it very easy to identify those who have not?

One to One Meetings – Meeting Alerts

Improvements to the One to One Meeting Manager mean that you are now alerted immediately within Grofar when a student requests a One to One meeting. A new Pending Meetings tab makes it very easy to manage all new requests. We have also added the ability to easily assign Careers Advisers and meeting rooms to meeting slots.

One to One Meeting Alerts

Did you know you can set up multiple recurring One to One meeting sessions to create a flexible and open Careers Service that students can engage with at times that best suit you and them?

Business Database – Google Maps

We have integrated with Google Maps to enhance the Business Passport and allow you to get a better understanding of your business network.

Business Database Google Maps

Did you know that all Careers activity is recorded against a Business Passport so that you can easily maintain a full history of all Business engagement?