SAR: Getting started with Student Attendance

Mar 1, 2021

There are two ways of using the Student Attendance Register.  You can use it to mark rolls and process absence notifications, or you can import absence information and process the notifications.  Either use requires some information to be loaded, essentially student and parent information, optionally class information. Student, Parent and Class information You should import […]

PT: Scheduling your first round of interviews

May 4, 2020

Running your first round of interviews can be somewhat daunting to begin with.  It’s a new system to learn and may take you a little while to learn the idiosyncrasies of this particular application.  Be assured however that we have designed SOBS to be easy to use and will give you as much help as […]

RB: Setting up for the first time

Mar 27, 2019

Resource Booking requires some configuration before we can start making bookings. There are 3 steps: Enter your calendar / timetable details Configure your categories and resources Load your staff Setting up your calendar and timetables: Calendar setup Before setting up your resources, we recommend you have a quick brainstorm of the resources available at your […]

DS: Introduction to the Detention system

Jan 23, 2018

A general introduction to using the Detention System Core functionality The purpose of the detention system is to enable staff to record details about the detention event.  The recording of the event includes the ability to include a list of students.  The student names can be entered manually, or selected from a search result of […]

PS: Creating your first permission slip

A short article that helps you understand the process to creating your first permission slip. What you need to know Until recently ‘permission slips’ were a paper based request passed to the parent to complete a set of questions required for an activity or excursion run by the school. Today our information centric world provides […]

WAZ: Setting up for the first time

If this is your first time using Sobs School Notices then this is the article for you.  We will try and step through the process and explain the various stages of configuring the system for your school, however we realise that many schools will configure the system in different ways and for their individual requirements. […]

Locking down parent access

Aug 23, 2021

While the parent booking application allows the school to define ‘Open’ and ‘Close’ dates for parents to be able to access a booking round, we also needed a method for defining a current round but blocking parents from accessing it. The easiest method was to simply hide the booking button from the parent interface. So, […]

Moving a Booking Round

Aug 9, 2021

Moving a booking round is a complex task. For example, what happens when the original date range encompasses five days, but the new date range is only three days long – what happens to the additional time slots and bookings? Warning: if you are starting a new booking round, never reschedule a previous round. Use […]

Extending a Booking Round

You can easily extend a booking round by editing the booking round schedule. See this video for the simple steps: https://vimeo.com/582911895 This method works perfectly when you are extending the date range. However, if your new schedule does not include the original dates, then magical things begin to happen. See this help article for more […]

How to setup Microsoft Outlook to subscribe to SOBS

Aug 6, 2021

Firstly, start by copying the subscription URL from SOBS. Click on your name (in the bottom left corner) Click on “Profile” from the menu At the bottom of the profile you will find the “calendar subscription URL”, copy this URL (the whole line) Open up your Outlook Calendar On the Home tab, in the Manage Calendars group, and click Add […]

How to setup Google Calendar to subscribe to SOBS

Firstly, start by copying the subscription URL from SOBS. Click on your name (in the bottom left corner) Click on “Profile” from the menu At the bottom of the profile you will find the “calendar subscription URL”, copy this URL (the whole line) Open up your Google Calendar page Ensure the main menu is visible […]

How to setup Apple Calendar to subscribe to SOBS

Firstly, start by copying the subscription URL from SOBS. Click on your name (in the bottom left corner) Click on “Profile” from the menu At the bottom of the profile you will find the “calendar subscription URL”, copy this URL (the whole line) Start your Apple Calendar application From the “File” menu select “New calendar […]

Giving your staff login access

Aug 2, 2021

SOBS utilises a shared list of staff for use across all of the applications your school subscribes to. So if you are able to login into one application, it is very likely you have access to the other applications as well. When a school uses more than one application a “Switch application” link will appear […]

Add another SOBS Administrator

You can have multiple SOBS Administrators. You can allocate Administrator status to different staff for different applications. Only a SOBS Administrator will have access to the staff list, and only the SOBS Administrator can allocate a second SOBS Administrator for your school. Click on your school name (bottom left) Click on “Staff / Guests” in […]

Delete a calendar year

The calendar year can only be deleted if there are no terms defined within this year. If you have accidentally created two years with the same description, simply edit the latter entry and change the description to the following year. Click on your school name (bottom left) Click on “Calendar” from the school menu Use […]

PT: Limit parents to a single staff selection

More often with primary school interviews the parent will be limited to selecting just a single staff member (or class) for each student. With secondary school interviews by default we allow parents to select multiple staff for each student. You can change this option. From the booking round settings page location the staff selection row: […]

SAR: Adding classes

Jul 26, 2021

Normally your classes will be identified automatically when the class data is imported from your Student Management System. However sometimes you may need to add these manually. In the above screen shot I have a single class “10E” listed, however I need to add an additional class. Click on “List classes” in the menu on […]

How to print your interviews

Jul 25, 2021

Select the booking round from those available. Click on the row to drill into the booking round settings. Scroll down to the “REPORTS” entry and click this row. A dialog will appear displaying a number of report options. Select the report you want. To view your bookings select “View by staff” – depending on the […]

Using LISS to exchange data

May 28, 2021

LISS is a protocol allowing two different applications to exchange data using a standard format. LISS supports two different modes, “PUSH” and “PULL”. This results in the protocol having four different flavours: Pushing data to some other application Receiving data that has been pushed from some other application Pull data from some other application Pass […]

Room Change Notifications (RCN)

May 17, 2021

When a staff member books a room sometimes it is a change from the normal classroom the class is held in. In this instance the Room Change Notification can be used to generate a message in the School Notices. Requires Resource Booking and School Notices For this option to work you will need subscriptions to […]

SAR: Upgrading to version 3

Mar 2, 2021

We have applied our new style to the Student Attendance application. If you are still running version 2.3 then an upgrade option will appear for your SOBS Administrators when they login. About the upgrade We have applied the new look style to the application, so the look will be completely different, however all of the […]

PT: Push requests

Mar 1, 2021

When running regular parent/teacher interviews there are on occasion parents that we want to book interviews in order to discuss aspects of their child’s education.  To achieve this end we can configure a ‘push-request’ that will be emailed to the parent requesting them to make a booking. Where are Push Requests valid? Push Request are […]

Using approval in notices

Nov 16, 2020

Generally when staff members are adding a school notice there is no approval required. However, we are now finding instances where schools are requiring an approval process for staff (or students) to add notices. Enabling approval by Group Approval is enabled by turning on this function in a Group, and then registering the approving staff. […]

DS: My Alerts

Nov 4, 2020

Generates an alert when a student exceeds a threshold number of detentions. The alerts are generated daily at 8am. Setting up your alert Click on your name in the bottom left of the screen Click on “Alerts” This will show a list of any existing Alerts you may have. Click the “Add an alert” button […]

QR: Getting started

Oct 30, 2020

This application is designed to help you with your Covid Safe plan to assist in the tracking and tracing of people who visited a particular location. Step 1 – Sign up for a trial If you are a current SOBS customer: Click on the name of your school Click on ‘view subscription’ Click on ‘view […]

PS: Getting started

Apr 18, 2020

When you first start using Permission Slips it is necessary to upload your student, parent and class data. We have a number of import options available, choose the most appropriate for your school. Import your student data, parent data, and any class data you have. This will provide the best selection options when it comes […]

PS: Upgrading to version 3

We have applied our new style to the Permission Slips application. If you are still running version 2.3 then an upgrade option will appear for your SOBS Administrators when they login – you can choose to delay the upgrade a week, or apply the upgrade now. If you choose the “Upgrade now” option you and […]

RB: Delayed booking notifications

Nov 19, 2019

The first question is why do we delay the booking notification? We don’t want to send you 5 different emails if you are making 5 different bookings – we want to send you a single email including all 5 bookings, including any other changes or deletions you make. Here is a sample email: How long […]

RB: Asking more questions about a booking

Sep 17, 2019

There are times where booking a resource is just the beginning of a process that often involves a number of other details being required.  For example when a staff member books a library space the library will have additional questions about whether a T/L is required or will A/V resources be needed.  How many seats […]

Adding your staff

Jul 23, 2019

There are multiple options for loading staff. The most common option is to import using a CSV file. Adding each staff record manually Importing a CSV list of staff details Staff records automatically created when staff login (LDAP and SAML) Staff self-register Importing a list from OneSchool Importing a list from Kamar Importing using LISS […]

PT: LOTE & Translators

Jul 17, 2019

This option is for parents who struggle to communicate using English. The school can configure a list of translators they have available, allowing them to be booked as the parent makes their bookings. Configure the translation services you have available Select the “LOTE translators” menu entry. This will display a list of existing languages and […]

Staff instructions

Jun 21, 2019

As a staff member you will have access to SOBS in order to perform one of these operations: View your bookings Create a list of favourite resources Book a resource Edit your own bookings Delete a booking Open this link to view / download a copy of these instructions: https://sobs.com.au/docs/sobs-rb3-staff.pdf

PT: Late Bookings

Jun 4, 2019

June 2019: We rolled out the first iteration of “Late Bookings”. We introduced late bookings to help manage the parents who were ringing after the booking window had closed. Sometimes there were valid reasons, sometimes they were just a few minutes late, however often they were the very parents that the teachers were wanting to […]

RB: Managing resources

Mar 29, 2019

We begin with some considerations in regard to the resources you are wanting to manage within SOBS. You probably have a good idea of what needs to be managed so let’s start with those resources. Firstly we want to group these resources into categories. We suggest using categories that define resources with similar attributes. For […]

Setting up your calendar

Mar 27, 2019

For many of our SOBS applications a school calendar is required so that we know when you will be at school, when you will be on holiday and possibly the timetable you are using. Below we will outline the setup for your school calendar. We will define the school year, the terms, the in-term holidays, […]

PT: Multi-campus configuration

Feb 27, 2019

If you are using a multi-campus implementation of SOBS applications, you can connect the Parent Booking rounds from satellite campus’ to the main campus. Essentially this means parents will only need a single URL to make bookings at each campus. If you are using just a single school for SOBS then you don’t need this […]

RB: Multiple timetables

Feb 4, 2019

Where you school has multiple campuses, or where a neighbouring school is also using SOBS you can configure this application to share certain resources, allowing them to be bookable by staff at the remote site. Identifying your campuses or neighbouring schools Before any sharing takes place you are required to define a relationship between the […]

PT: Instructions for staff and parents

Feb 1, 2019

Instructions for staff These instructions will assist your staff in marking their availability / unavailability.  There is also instructions on creating and managing time slots for those booking rounds where staff have the option of creating their own time slots: staff-instructions.pdf Instructions for parents These instructions will assist parents with the following steps: Accessing the correct […]

RB: Upgrading to version 3

Jan 24, 2019

The Resource Booking application is used by many school staff, so when upgrading it is important to manage the change carefully.  The upgrade from version 2 to version 3 is a significant change to the look of the product and also the location of functions has changed. Step 1: Preparation We recommend that you start […]

Single Sign On (SSO) with SAML 2 (Version 3)

Oct 7, 2018

Single Sign On (or SSO) is a fantastic option if you have the time and energy to implement it.  SSO allows your staff member to log in once and then access all your school based and web based applications without being prompted to login again. Configuration Firstly it is important to understand the configuration process […]

Unloading student data

Jun 12, 2018

Creating an unload structure While we have the options of creating unload options for various Student Management Systems, currently the only option is to unload selected fields in a CSV format.  Below we document the process of how to create these structures and then how to select students for inclusion in the unload. Beginning from […]

PT: Scheduling your first round of interviews

Jan 28, 2018

Running your first round of interviews can be somewhat daunting to begin with.  It’s a new system to learn and may take you a little while to learn the idiosyncrasies of this particular application.  Be assured however that we have designed Sobs to be easy to use and will give you as much help as […]

RB: Public displays

Jan 23, 2018

The public display of room and resource booking information is dynamic and time appropriate.  You can use this, for example, outside a library or at the entrance to a number of computer labs or meeting rooms can be found.  The purpose is to show time critical information about what bookings exist for these shared areas, […]

SS: Configuring subjects or sports

The applications comes pre-configured with a number of subjects and co-cirruculars, however you can modify these as required. Building your subject / co-cirrucular choices In the Configuration menu click the “Subjects” link This page allows you to manage all of your subjects and co-cirriculars in one place.  Each subject and co-cirricular is grouped beneath a […]

SS: Student information and access

The application requires an existing student list in order to provide identification and verification.  This is important to ensure students selections are not compromised. Importing student information We design the import process to handle student data in a number of standard formats.  The majority of schools are using a Student Management System, and the majority […]

SS: Creating a round

We use the terminology of “a round” to refer to the process of requesting a selection from students.  This can be a selection of sports or co-cirriculars, or a selection of academic subjects or electives.  It can apply to the entire student body or a particular year level.  The rest of this article explains the […]

SS: Instructions for parents and students

In keeping with some of the other documentation we have provided, below you will find links to a help document for parents and students.  You can download and modify these documents as you wish.  We have included documents in different formats for this purpose. URL access to the site We strongly recommend that you include […]

SS: Linking to an Interview booking

If your school is using both the Subject Selection and Parent/Teacher Interview applications then you might choose to use both applications together, allowing the parent/student to select the subjects and then book an interview to discuss this with one of the course counselling staff at the school. Linking your SS round with a PT round […]

SAR: The big picture

The Student Attendance Register has two main components:  The roll marking and the absence notice processing. Roll Marking Simplify – when the staff member logs into SAR they are prompted with a list of classes they teach.  They select a class and the list of students in that class appear on the screen.  Each student […]

SAR: Getting started

There are two ways of using the Student Attendance Register.  You can use it to mark rolls and process absence notifications, or you can import absence information and process the notifications.  Either use requires some information to be loaded, essentially student and parent information, optionally class information. Student and Parent information You should import your […]

SAR: Starting a new year

There are always a few things to do in order to get started at the beginning of each new year, so this article should lead you through the necessary steps with regard to the SOBS Student Attendance Register. Updating Staff There will generally be a few staff changes each year so let’s start there. Adding […]

SAR: Daily processing

The following article explains the daily process the school will use to create SMS messages and responses, generate emails and print notices Updating the student and parent information SOBS relies on student and parent information being current.  If there are new enrolments or students exiting, it may be necessary to update the student and parent […]

CAL: Instructions for staff

We have included some generic instructions for staff to use this system.  You are welcome to share these with the staff at your school, or you may choose to use them as notes for training sessions with staff. URL access to the site We strongly recommend that you provide your staff a link to the […]

CAL: A school event list widget

You can configure a short event list for display on your school’s home page.  The idea is appealing to many schools, however with so many different page themes to contend with we needed to implement this with the flexibility to handle anything the school’s web designer would throw at us. For this reason we publish […]

CAL: Configuration overview

The structure of the Sobs Calendar application is somewhat different to many calendaring systems.  While Google and Outlook set up different calendars for different people and groups Sobs uses a single calendar and distinguishes events based on the category selected.  Categories are significant and therefore the first areas that we should consider when setting up […]

WAZ: Public access

Providing student (or parent) access to the school notices is a great idea.  Now that they are online we want people to be able to access them electronically, however we are also concerned about the security that needs to be retained.  With a paper notice we would always know where the information was, and copies […]

WAZ: Emailing student notices

You can configure Sobs to send school notices to your students, however there are a couple of different methods: You may have a generic email account for each year level; or You may have an individual email address for each student Simply put we configure a user account to receive these notices but we disable […]

WAZ: Printing the notices

Here at Sobs we do not condone or encourage the use of printed notices and the significant waste of paper caused by their printing.  We do encourage the use of electronic delivery. We do understand however that any system requires a transition period, and therefore the managed migration of school notices from paper to electronic […]

WAZ: Sending out notices during the holidays

There may be occasions when you want to send out some notices to staff before the next school term starts.  Below we describe how to do this. How to send out notices during the holidays Ensure you are logged in as a Sobs administrator Enter the notice as normal (it will automatically schedule for the […]

WAZ: Migrating to the 2016 group update

At the beginning of 2016 we rolled out a new version of the School Notices application.  This document will help you migrate from the previous version to the 2016 updated version. The pre-2016 version grouped notices by year level. The 2016 update is designed to provide the ability for individualised notices to every staff member […]

WAZ: Instructions for staff

We have included some generic instructions for staff to use this system.  You are welcome to share these with the staff at your school, or you may choose to use them as notes for training sessions with staff. URL access to the site We strongly recommend that you provide your staff a link to the […]

RB: Creating reports in Room Booking

Sobs has a flexible but simple reporting tool that is accessible by all staff.  Users can create and store their reports, or schedule them to run on a regular basis. Creating Reports Click the ‘My reports’ option in the main menu.  This will display a list of reports owned by this user.   To add a […]

RB: Having trouble with your report?

Writing reports is fairly straight forward, however there are times when staff find it difficult and they need some help.  Rather than writing more manuals with long and tedious descriptions it is easier to simply look at the user’s report and work out what they are doing wrong.  To do this we implemented an option […]

RB: Multiple campuses and sharing resources

Where you school has multiple campuses, or where a neighbouring school is also using Sobs you can configure this application to share certain resources, allowing them to be bookable by staff at the remote site. Identifying your campuses or neighbouring schools Before any sharing takes place you are required to define a relationship between the […]

RB: Recording the purpose for a booking

Booking Types is an optional component that you can configure for use in your school.  It is not activated by default. Enable Booking Types You will need to be logged in as a Sobs administrator. Click on ‘School settings’ in the Configuration menu Click on the ‘RB.SOBS’ tab – this is the configuration specifically for […]

RB: Add an additional text field to the booking form

You may define an additional text field that is displayed on the booking form. Currently Sobs includes a ‘Reason’ field for staff to record the reason for a booking.  This could be a class, a subject, or both, or something altogether different.  The reason field can also be left blank.  We don’t force the staff […]

RB: Asking additional questions about the booking

There are times where booking a resource is just the beginning of a process that often involves a number of other details being required.  For example when a staff member books a library space the library will have additional questions about whether a T/L is required or will A/V resources be needed.  How many seats […]

RB: Attaching files to bookings

Files can be attached to bookings.  You can add a single file to a booking or multiple files.  Originally the purpose of this feature was to attach risk assessment reports to science lab lessons.  However you can add files to bookings for multiple purposes.  They could be lesson plans, music or video files to be […]

RB: Configuring a resource for approvals

The approval process is designed to require a booking to be passed by an appropriately authorised staff member for approval.  This staff member has the power to approve or cancel any booking for specific resources. The Resource Manager For a staff member to approve bookings they must have the security of a Resource Manager (or […]

RB: The approval process

A description of the process that Sobs uses for approvals Selection for approval processing Firstly, only selected resources will use the approval process.  The default in Sobs is that no approval is necessary, however if approvals has been enabled for a resource then all booking requests will initiate the approval process, with the exception of […]

RB: Creating a group of resources

You can create a group of resources, this allows you to book the entire group with a single booking. A good example of this might be a laptop pod where the entire pod can be booked, or individual laptops from the pod can be booked (when the pod is not booked). Book individual items or […]

RB: How to create a resource in two categories

Sometimes you may need to make a resource appear in two different categories.  For example, a computer lab may by part of the computer labs category but also a member of a category for rooms with IWBs or Audio/Visual capabilities. Overview Create the resource as normal in the first category (either). In the alternative category […]

RB: Restricting access to a resource

Generally resources are bookable to all staff, however Sobs includes the facility to limit who can see or book a resource. Defaults By default a resource will be viewable and bookable by any staff member. Restricted access You can restrict access to a resource.  This will enable only specified staff to book this resource. In […]

RB: Book-ahead and Time constraints

There are a number of options with regard to time constraints on bookings: Limit to how far ahead a user can book a resource Force bookings to be made a certain time in advance Booking ahead a number of days This option allows the manager to configure how far in advance a staff member will […]

RB: Avoid staff booking multiple rooms

One of the questions we receive from a number of schools is how to stop teachers booking multiple rooms in a single period – surely they can only be in one place at a time. Our first question was to ask whether we do want to restrict a teacher to booking a single room, and […]

RB: OneSchool, TimeChart, TimeTabler, FirstClass, Kamar and other time tabling applications

Time tabling applications are used within most schools to organise a schedule of classes, teachers and rooms.  There is an overlap between the time tabling application and our Room and Resource booking application, where some rooms may have scheduled classes and are therefore not available for general booking.  To support this we have developed a […]

RB: Importing from BookIt

There is a procedure for importing data from BookIt, however it is not designed for repeat use but an ad-hoc process. Import Steps In the ‘School settings’ page click on the ‘RB’ tab.  Click the ‘Edit’ button and scroll to the bottom, check the option for ‘Import from BookIt’ and then ‘Save’. (You should uncheck any […]

RB: Deleting bookings

There are a number of ways of deleting bookings, depending on your available security. Delete a Single Booking To delete a single booking click on the booking in the calendar as though you are going to edit the booking.  When the edit screen is displayed you will find a ‘Delete’ button in the bottom right […]

RB: Creating a repeat group of bookings

Generally when a repeat booking is created the system will automatically remember the bookings and displays a repeat icon on the calendar display.  However, for some schools when their bookings are imported the repeat option is not available and individual bookings are generated.  Sobs can now attempt to identify a group of repeat bookings and […]

RB: Issuing and returning items (loans)

Firstly we should stress that SOBS is firstly a booking system and secondly an issue/return system.  This option will not have all of the functionality of a library system, in fact it is focused very much around having a booking in place before an item is issued. Purpose The purpose of the Issue/Return system is […]

RB: Require the reason field

When we originally designed the Room and Resource Booking system we wanted to keep the information and requirements flexible, however over time we are accepting there are times when we do want to make some information mandatory. The Reason Field (Since 2.1c) We now have an option to ensure the Reason field contains some (any) […]

RB: Notifications of bookings

There are a number of different methods of notification that we will try and explain in this article so you can choose the one that is right for you. Staff notification of today’s bookings Staff can select a ‘Notify-daily’ option on their profile.  When checked they will receive an email each morning notifying them of […]

RB: Booking a resource using hh:mm

In most instances the school rooms and resources will be booked using the standard timetable periods.  There are however instances when the booking of a resource benefits from using standard time-based schedule, ie booking specific hours or half-hourly slots. Configuring a time-based booking schedule Time-based booking schedules can only be configured for categories, they can’t […]

RB: Instructions for staff

We were recently asked if there were any generic help documents that could be provided to staff.  We thought this was a good idea so we created an article on how to book a room or resource.  If you think this is useful and would like more articles that can be used by staff please […]

RB: Setting up for the first time

If this is your first time using Sobs Room and Resource Booking then this is the article for you.  We will try and step through the process and explain the various stages of configuring the system for your school, however we realise that many schools will configure the system in different ways and for their […]

PT: Moving and deleting bookings

You can easily move bookings around, however this is normally only used in consultation with the parent involved. Bookings should only be deleted at the parent’s request. Moving a booking From the list of interview rounds click the ‘View my bookings’ button This will display a list of time slots.  Green slots are still available.  […]

PT: Staff instructions

We were recently asked if there were and generic help documents that could be provided to staff.  We thought this was a good idea so we created an article on how to use Parent/Teacher interviews from a staff perspective, logging in, viewing bookings, marking unavailability, etc. URL access to the site We strongly recommend that […]

PT: Reporting within Parent/Teacher interviews

You can choose from a couple of preset reports or a simple report wizard. To access the reports click ‘My interviews’ or ‘Interview Rounds’ in the left hand menu.  The application will show you a list of interview rounds that have been run or scheduled for your school.  In the ‘Options’ column click the ‘Report’ […]

PT: Parents meet pre-selected staff

This is a booking method selected when creating a new round of interviews. This option will allow parents to make a single booking only, and they will not be prompted to select the staff member – the system currently allocates the first available staff member from a pre-defined list of staff.  More about this later. […]

PT: Selecting teachers by year level

The teacher selection criteria indicates how the system will select staff when making bookings.  The default and recommended option is to use “Year levels” Parent perspective When the parent enters their child’s name into the system they are also prompted to enter a year level.  This simple piece of information helps us limit the number […]

PT: Selecting teachers by subject

The teacher selection criteria indicates how the system will select staff when making bookings.  We have included an option to allow selection by subject, however this is more complicated than the default of year levels. The selection also allows a combination of year levels and subject selection – this is the option we will describe […]

PT: Compliance notice

Sobs includes a compliance notice facility.  The compliance notice allows the school the option of having the parents acknowledge some conditions of use prior to the parent entering any data into the booking system. Why would you use a compliance notice? Originally we wrote this to comply with education department legal requirements.  Parents are going […]

PT: Require parents to enter a password

Generally SOBS Parent/Teacher interview booking works very successfully without requiring parents to have passwords, and in practice the vast majority of schools using this system use it without this requirement. However, for those schools who want to ensure a parent’s password is required then this option is available. Configuring this option There are a couple […]

PT: Overlapping interview rounds

This article describes the effect of running synchronous or overlapping interview rounds. Why would you schedule overlapping interview rounds? There are potentially a number of reasons to do this, however for most schools there will normally only be one interview round happening at a time.  So let’s start by considering some reasons why you might […]

PT: Using staff locations

If your interviews are all in the same location then you don’t need to use the location option, however if your interviews are located in different areas around the school then locations will help parents find the teacher they need to meet with quickly and easily. Loading your interview locations There are two methods of […]

PT: Shared teaching

Shared teaching, or teachers sharing classes, is reasonably common in primary schools, and at interview times the parent needs to meet with both of the teachers, not just one.  As of March 2015 Sobs supports ‘Shared Teaching’ configuration, where we specify a class with a primary and any number of secondary teachers. Setup At the […]

PT: Push requests

When running regular parent/teacher interviews there are on occasion parents that we want to book interviews in order to discuss aspects of their child’s education.  To achieve this end we can configure a ‘push-request’ that will be emailed to the parent requesting them to make a booking. Enabling Push Requests This only needs to be […]

PT: Parent access security

One of the first questions we get asked is about the parent access security.  Specifically, “where is it?”.  When we tell first time users that there isn’t any they seem quite taken aback with the idea.  There was however a lot of thought put into this decision, so let us explain how we arrived at […]

PT: Booking on behalf of a parent

Every so often there is a parent without internet access where the school will be required to place a booking on behalf of the parent. The regular parent access The simplest method is for school staff to use the parent interface to make and adjust bookings as requested by parents.  You can access the parent […]

PT: Instructions for parents

We have on occasion been asked if there are any generic instructions available that schools can use to send parents – well now there are.  These documents were originally shared with us by a school and have been modified substantially to be suitably generic. URL access to the site We strongly recommend that you include […]