In partnership with
Promptable helps students in further education (FE) to succeed in their courses by helping colleges to deliver a proven support programme to their students.
The platform helps college tutors create and send a suite of text messages that include helpful reminders, study tips and motivation throughout the academic year. Students can also choose to nominate a ‘study supporter’ to receive these messages, which enables someone the student is close to (a parent, older sibling, other relative or a friend) to initiate regular conversations with them about their studies.
Our work in education has shown consistently positive effects of the ‘social support’ text message programme on attendance and attainment. The programme resulted in a 7 per cent increase in attendance of learners whose study supporters were sent messages, compared to those who were not.
Promptable minimises the burden on colleges and tutors by making it easy for colleges to upload student data, write messages using templates we’ve already tested, and automatically send messages out on a pre-set schedule.
UK FE colleges can sign up for our pilot at www.promptable.com. We would also welcome international expressions of interest and ideas for other applications of SMS prompts and social support. Get in touch here.