Background posts for the Social School Award
A Belfast school, St Oliver Plunkett Primary, has become the first school in Northern Ireland to achieve the Social School Award. Lead in their submission by Clare Enright, their Social Media Team have been engaging with parents using social media since 2012. The video, created as part of the submission from St Oliver Plunkett, is so […]Continue Reading...
Although the weather outside was frightful, inside West Lakes Academy was a delightful warm welcome from their Social Media Team just one day before the end of term! The Award submission was coordinated by Vicky Blackhall (Language Teacher & Student Leadership Coordinator) and Jill Sunter (English Teacher & Social Media Manager). As you might […]Continue Reading...
Dotted around the site and in the latest version of our documentation (v2) you might have noticed a new logo. This is a globally recognised mark of CPD quality. It has been earned by the Social School Award after being independently assessed by The CPD Certification Service as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating […]Continue Reading...
Watch this video submitted by the Headteacher, Deputy, Key Stage Leader, Parent & School Governor from Coates Lane Primary who this month were the first in the UK to be given the Social School Award. This was the school’s video submission as part of their evidence gathering, reflections and analysis of impact on parental and […]Continue Reading...
If your school is one of the first wave to register with us in taking the first step towards making a submission for the Social School Award, then there’s something in the post for you arriving tomorrow (6th July 2017). Based on the quality of early registrants for the Award, it’s clear that schools are […]Continue Reading...
Lots of schools have embraced social media in recent years & it has become clear that the more successful ones have certain things in common. Namely, they’ve begun to recognise how social media can be a positive force for change in and around school. As a vehicle for change, social media in schools can be very influential. Many […]Continue Reading...
To help you prepare your award submission there are a number of supplementary resources in the Social School Award Support Resources Area. You’ll find a range of ready to adapt or adopt documents here on the website which are accessible once you have registered and logged in. Resources include policies guidance posters info sheets For […]Continue Reading...
The Social School Award was just launched on 11th May at the Lancashire Association of School Business Managers Conference. The Social School Award is designed for schools who have embraced social media for connecting, promoting and engaging with others in lots of different ways. A collaboration between John Bidder and David Mitchell over the last […]Continue Reading...
Some Lancashire primary schools affected by the disastrous floods in 2015 dipped into Facebook and threw their parents a line. It was a horrendous time with highly stressed families, children (mainstream & specialist schools) and last but not least everyone employed at the schools themselves. To add a little extra stress into the mix, as sub-stations became swamped, […]Continue Reading...
I went on to BBC Breakfast’s famous red couch a while back having been invited on to the programme to comment and advise on the use of social media by schools and attitudes of parents to the subject more widely. Context The context for the piece was the question of whether or not a primary head […]Continue Reading...
The Social School Award™
Register Your School
Video Upload (max 2 mins)Talk about & show how social media has been a vehicle for positive change in your community reflecting what you have learned with experience.
Share some highlights of where connection, promotion & engagement via social media have happened.
Include soundbites from people involved in your Social Team that support your goals.
Share soundbites from parents, teachers, SLT & others if possible talking about examples e.g. impact upon community cohesion, savings, process improvement, take-up of opportunities to support your school
Include screenshots of any memorable social media interactions your school has had with annotations to explain the context and value to your school.
Document UploadInclude extracts of documents relating to how the school uses social media e.g extracts from your policy and appendices.
Include guidance of how school deals with more challenging social interactions e.g. show that school has a willingness to engage with negative as well as positive interactions as appropriate to the context.