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  Text updates on pupil progress
Updated 13 September 2004, 18.42

A school in Scotland has started updating parents on how pupils are doing in lessons by texting them.

Keith Grammar School sends out a batch of messages every two weeks to parents of children who are working really hard and making a big effort in class.

Messages also get sent if teachers are concerned about how a pupil is doing.

Head teacher John Aitken told Newsround he hoped the new system would boost pupils' confidence and highlight any problems before they get serious.

"It can reassure children who don't realise they're doing as well as they are.

"And for those who get a message of concern, it shows teachers are genuine and really want to help them," said Mr Aitken.

But he said the texts won't replace traditional school reports or parents evenings, as they're based on effort rather than grades.

No need for a mobile

The school already runs a system where parents are texted if pupils don't turn up for lessons, and the text updates use the same system.

And if parents don't have a mobile the report still gets through - the computer translates the text into a answer phone message.

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