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5 reasons to love IRIS ParentMail

September 7, 2023, 17:00 GMT+1
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5 reasons to love IRIS ParentMail
  • Keeping in touch with parents is straightforward with this all-inclusive, easy-to-use system
5 reasons to love IRIS ParentMail

IRIS ParentMail is a flexible, cloud-based parent communications solution that responds to the needs of schools and parents – because at IRIS Education, we want to ensure that building a strong network with parents and guardians is as easy as possible.

Our powerful solution helps you make short work of messages, payments, online forms, surveys, registers, and events under one roof. Here’s why 4,000 schools are using it…

1 | Feature-rich, all-in-one design

IRIS ParentMail is modular by design, so you can tailor it to your needs. Its rich feature set enables parents to access and interact with every type of update from one, central place – whether they’re reading a news update, making a payment, confirming a one-to-one meeting with a teacher, or authorising their child’s attendance on a school trip. 

And it doesn’t matter how parents want to be contacted; our app facilitates push notifications, emails, and SMS in one, easy-to-use hub.

2 | In-app cost-saving features

We feel it’s important that schools save SMS credits for when they’re needed most, which is why we introduced Economy Mode. When Economy Mode is activated, text messages are automatically sent via push notification or email to any parents that have enabled them, protecting your SMS credit balance from unnecessary expenditure.

But your cost saving doesn’t stop there. It’s so simple to create online forms and digital newsletters in IRIS ParentMail, so you can wave goodbye to paper and printing costs as well (and correspondence getting crumpled and lost in a student’s bag!)

3 | Seamless integrations with MIS and cashless catering providers

IRIS ParentMail is set up to integrate with leading MIS providers. That means you can import student data from your platform for smooth parent onboarding and target your communications to the desired groups or individual parents within just a few clicks. 

This seamless approach also applies to your cashless catering system. Parents can quickly and easily make payments and manage their children’s food preferences from within the app.

Plus, the system isn’t just for regular school hours – you can manage attendance registers and bookings for breakfast clubs, after-school clubs and holiday clubs, too.

4 | Effortless, optimised reporting

Schools thrive when there’s good data. That’s why IRIS ParentMail generates a clear, easy-to-digest overview of who exactly has read messages, submitted payments, completed online forms, and who has booked their parents’ evening appointments.

You can access visual reports to help you understand the patterns and trends in parent engagement across your school, such as response rates, payment rates, and attendance rates – measuring impact and highlighting areas you might want to improve.

5 | Remove needless admin

You have enough to do without collecting payments, sending out reminders, managing bookings and updating registers – so we thought, Why not make these tasks automatic? Within IRIS ParentMail, automated alerts are easy to set up, saving you time and effort and ensuring nothing gets missed. 

Previously laborious paperwork can now be templated – and wizard-driven process lets you create standardised messaging to stop working from scratch.

Plus, one bonus reason… The Headteacher visitors can claim an exclusive 10% off IRIS ParentMail this month, plus your first parents’ evening FREE (offer expires September 30th, 2023)*.

Claim your discount today!


  • IRIS ParentMail is your one-stop-shop for parent communications, taking care of messages, payments, online forms, surveys, registers, and events in one platform.
  • A modern and efficient solution, IRIS ParentMail is always up to date because it lives in the cloud.
  • You can manage your parent communications from anywhere, at any time.
  • Payments module, IRIS PlusPay, syncs with IRIS Financials for simple reporting on your parent community’s spending.

*Terms and conditions apply. Offer available to new IRIS ParentMail Premium customers until 30 September 2023.


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