In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, staying ahead of the curve is vital for educational institutions like yours. After all, your tools and technology ensure you can not only deliver a hassle-free experience for staff and parents, they also help to build stronger, safer, more streamlined learning experiences that influence the doctors, artists, athletes and even the teachers of tomorrow.
For over two decades, Daisy Communications have been committed to connecting schools, academies and trusts with the best telecommunications solutions for education and in doing so, we’ve seen and helped to resolve a number of common telecoms challenges that often plague these organisations.
In this blog, we’ll dive into these frequent issues, providing insights into where they originate from and exploring the real impact they can have on your school.
Overwhelmed reception staff
Ever find your reception staff swamped with an endless stream of calls? It’s not just stressful for them, but it also leads to lacklustre communication and a frustrating experience for parents. Why is this happening, you wonder? This situation often stems from outdated communication systems that insist on constant human intervention and real-time efforts. By opting for a modern system alternative, like VoIP for education, you give your receptionists access to tools like Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and auto-attendants to automate your contact channels and divert specific inquiries to dedicated mailboxes. This can alleviate the burden on reception staff, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks and face-to-face interactions.
Wasted time and impacted productivity
With just one hour per lesson to re-focus and engage your students, it’s easy for time to slip away and for productivity to take a hit. Especially if your school is relying on a collection of disparate applications and sluggish, unreliable internet. The fallout can be disruptive to learning, leaving classrooms restless, teachers frustrated, and valuable learning opportunities slipping through your fingers. So, what’s the deal? Recent research by 8×8 reveals that a whopping 59% of educational institutions are still juggling a mishmash of applications that create inefficiencies in the learning experience as teachers and students hop from one application to the next. You might have initially invested in these tools to adapt to new trends and requirements, but the truth is you’re still burning time with manual processes because these solutions simply aren’t working together.
Unnecessary pressure on teachers
Have you noticed your teachers feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and unfulfilled? Maybe you’ve been experiencing a higher turnover than usual, and a struggle in filling open positions? The likely cause: your teachers are doing everything but what they’re employed to do, and that’s teaching.
Due to disparate applications or a lack of technology in general, teachers spend more time on administrative tasks than actually teaching, taking the focus away from fostering meaningful learning experiences, facilitating growth and nurturing teacher-student relationships. Teachers find themselves juggling a multitude of growing responsibilities, from administrative work and assessments to collecting and organising class materials and engaging with parents. And unfortunately, there’s currently no efficient system in place to tackle these administrative tasks, and technology hasn’t been optimally harnessed to lighten their workload.
But that’s where we come in.
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At Daisy Communications, we bring a wealth of experience in identifying technological and telecoms challenges in education. We’ve spent over two decades empowering UK schools and academies to craft more efficient, user-friendly experiences for students, parents and teachers through progressive technologies; from robust security tools to modern communications systems.