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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 May, 2005, 14:42 GMT 15:42 UK
School to send exam dates by text
Pupils at a Northampton comprehensive are to receive text message alerts to remind them about their exams.

Roade School in Northants is the first in the country to use pioneering new software to inform students about exam dates and coursework deadlines.

It allows staff to filter the names of students into categories such as subject groups and then the computer sends messages to pupils' mobiles.

The School Texting System developed by Sigma Internet stores the data on a PC.

'Improve communication'

Frances Woollard, who runs Sigma Internet, said the idea originated from a pub landlord in Manchester who wanted to send drinks promotions to his regulars.

Mrs Woollard said: "We developed the system for businesses, then my husband who is a teacher said it would be beneficial for schools so we adapted it for them.

"It's meant to improve communication between schools, parents and pupils and the majority of children do have mobile phones nowadays.

"It's not meant to replace notes home from schools but to act as another means of communication."

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