7AM Set off in the car to London with entrepreneur and mentor Neil Cocker of Cardiff Start / Dizzy Jam This was a great chance to get to know each other better, and be reassured of the day ahead. 10:30 AM Miss the turning to the car parking space I’d booked, and spend the next […]
About Paul Smith - CEO
Prolific business owner, philanthropist, and massive nerd with "get hands dirty" approach. I’ve been up to my neck in the evolving Internet, software and apps since 1997 at management and director level. I like to stay in touch with new tech, which means most of the stuff I learn is out of date by the time I perfect it. That’s just the way it is in this industry.
Married to a teacher, brother of a teacher, and highly experienced in edutech, I am passionate about education technology, and it's effect on parental engagement and community outreach.
Schoop is my baby. My dream is that it will, one day, reunite communities, engage people in the education of their kids, involve them in local issues, and ultimately make a difference.
As part of TechCity UK‘s Pitch10 event, Schoop has been selected to make a 3 minute pitch to VCs and other corporate representatives at No 10 Downing St this Friday, 20th Feb. Along with 11 other companies from across the UK, Schoop was chosen by an impressive advisory panel that includes entrepreneurs, digital […]
Interesting question … without a simple answer. However … Complaints originating from social media make up “at least half” of calls passed on to front-line officers, a senior officer has told the BBC. See this article on the BBC website. With that in mind, should the use of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and […]
It’s finally here! After two months’ development, our tech wizards have integrated the Schoop Staffroom with Google Translate. So, if you want to provide content in any of the new languages, you have the option to do so. How does it work? If a subscriber has chosen a language you don’t currently support, you will see […]
Parental involvement that does not effectively reach all families has the potential to widen gaps between disadvantaged students and their better off peers. (Social Mobility & Child Poverty Commission, 2014) Research from the last 15 years around Parental Engagement shows conclusively that when parents are engaged with their child’s education, achievement increases. Looking at some […]
A recommendation from Evenlode Primary School, Penarth We introduced Schoop last September, and the ease of using Schoop and the ability to use the app on many different devices meant it became our immediate port of call when we needed to get messages home, engage with parents, and promote “at home” learning. Over the following few months […]
We’re very excited to announce that in conjunction with the The University of Bath Department for Education, Schoop has been chosen to feature in a three year study to research the effects of sustained parental engagement, with respect to pupil attainment. This is an exciting opportunity for any school that would like to take part, and […]
We recently had the pleasure of Caitlyn’s company during her work experience for year 10. She astounded us with her maturity and ability to learn at breakneck speed. Here’s Caitlyn’s overview of her week with Schoop. At my time at Schoop I have leant many things. I learnt about sales, marketing, customer support and also the important […]
Adam Bryant discusses how email, more often than not, leads to messages getting lost in translation. Bryant is the Corner Office Columnist for The New York Times. This is a fascinating insight into email culture and how our brains are programmed to have the last word. Many a time I’ve spent a great deal of […]
One of our latest Schoop schools has used Twitter and Vimeo as a fantastic way to announce Schoop. Well done Ysgol Gymraeg y Ffin! 4 diwrnod it Schoop! 4 days to Schoop! from Dosbarth Glyndwr on Vimeo. We are counting down to Schoop. Rydym ni yn cyfri lawr at Schoop! @SchoopSocial pic.twitter.com/wlAdg2e13j — Ysgolgymraegyffin (@Ysgolyffin) May […]