Innovation Birmingham Campus-based start-up WAMBIZ, has partnered with St Michael’s Church of England (CofE) High School and the West Midlands Police to bridge the teacher-student communication disconnect.
By creating a new student-inspired private social network that allows staff and students to communicate more efficiently, the new app, known as ‘Safebook 4 Schools’ helps to improves students’ learning outcomes by providing collaboration in a safe and secure environment. The platform also automates several school processes, thus helping to save the institution time and money.
In partnership with St Michael’s CofE High School, located in Rowley Regis and the West Midlands Police, the app has been built for purpose and as such, has multiple safeguarding features including authenticated access, a managed audit trail and a keyword flagging system, allowing schools to control the content shown. It can also seamlessly link with a school’s MIS, automating live timetables, absence reporting and grade notifications.
Sharing resources, ideas, deadlines and questions are all done through the app, in the same way a status update, group notification or photo would be shared on other familiar social media applications.
Harry Jawanda, CEO and Co-founder of WAMBIZ, said: “Following extensive research over a 12 to 18-month period including focus groups with students, teachers, safeguarding staff and marketing departments, we found that schools generally struggle to achieve satisfactory levels of engagement from pupils through traditional means such as email.
“Partnering with St Michael’s and the West Midland’s Police is helping us to showcase the benefits of Safebook in secondary education by making learning more accessible, secure and putting students at the heart of education. This ethos is a key driver not only for WAMBIZ, but also for St Michaels and the West Midland’s Police, making this partnership a great one.”
By using ‘Safebook 4 Schools’, St Michael’s has already witnessed improved learning outcomes as a result of the students being better engaged with their classes, their peers, the school, staff and their learning.
Speaking on behalf of St Michael’s, Kerry Whitehouse, the school’s Engagement Development Manager said: “There have been many cases throughout the UK, and the wider world of education, of inappropriate use of ‘open’ social media to engage the modern-day student. The students at St Michael’s, the West Midlands Police and WAMBIZ want put an end to these issues and enable teachers to be both modern and confident in the applications they are using. Safebook achieves this. Engagement rates are up and learning outcomes are improving, safely and securely.”
For additional information on ‘Safebook for Schools’, visit: http://www.wambiz.com/