I’d like to present some findings revealed through our eeZeeTrip project where we’ve seen economic productivity gains impacting on educational productivity in schools.
This is a sponsored guest post from eeZeeTrip.
The project started out with a simple request from a Head Teacher for a better way of gathering consent from parents for school trips. We’ve all experienced that endless paper chase of permission slips, letters stuffed in bags and last minute chasing of parents. A situation – if there ever was one – just ripe for productivity improvement !
So we built the eeZeeTrip platform and a free mobile App for parents to solve this problem.
The impact on school productivity and finances were immediate and had concomitant educational benefits. As the Head who approached us, Mr Llew Davies from Ysgol Cae Top in Bangor, Wales commented: “We’ve saved nearly 4000 pieces of paper and printing in just two months. That really adds up over the year, and we can use the money saved to better support pupils’ learning – as well as helping the environment, of course!”
Another benefit of streamlining administration of educational visits is that teachers have more time to prepare the pupils for what they would be learning on school trips. A lack of preparation in school is often cited by ‘learning outside the classroom’ providers as a factor which impacts on the educational outcomes of the visit.
EeZeeTrip was then enhanced to include online payments and and free messaging, allowing schools to transform how they organise all their activities. Not just educational visits but after school clubs; breakfast clubs; music lessons; sports fixtures, school dinners, PTA fundraisers, school plays – even end of year proms !
And with finance staff relieved of having to handle payments and spend hours reconciling banking they are free to focus on more productive, important strategy and school development tasks. When asked if they would recommend eeZeeTrip, the Finance Director of an Academy Trust said:
“I would ask them to find a reason not to use it – because I can’t see one! And as our new schools open, we’ll implement eeZeeTrip from the start.”
As well as the obvious cost savings (on printing, text messaging costs, staff time etc), schools are now able to offer more extra-curricular activities without additional administration overhead. And eeZeeTrip is proving to be particularly popular with parents as there’s no more having to root through school bags or retrieve letters that have fallen under the fridge .
As one parent summed up on Twitter: How cool is @eeZeeTrip !!! Fab app – great choice @StMartinsChest1 #multitasking #busy #OneLessThingToWorryAbout
To find out more about reducing costs and increasing efficiency at your school contact the team for a no-obligation online demo which takes just 15mins: hello@eeZeeTrip.co.uk / 0844 822 8442 / @eeZeeTrip www.eezeetrip.co.uk