Keeping children healthy and in school

Studybugs is a unique, free service for schools and parents.

Working with the NHS and other public health organisations, it helps improve children’s health and school attendance.

This is the best product I’ve seen in education in a long time. Gavin Oulton, Headteacher, Northlands Wood Community Primary School

How it Works

Child Ill?
Parent or carer reports using Studybugs app or website.

Studybugs passes on expert advice to improve children’s health and avoid unnecessary absence.

School receives sick report, usually before school begins.

Comes via email or our simple, free web portal for staff.

Improves health, reduces unnecessary absence

Studybugs works with NHS and other health experts

Helps safeguard children

Know sooner if any are unaccounted for

Enhances parental engagement

Better information, less chasing, instant replies

Helps prevent truancy

Identity of parent verified (sorry, Ferris Bueller)

Get more benefits via optional add-ons

Free parent messaging, IMS integration and more

...parents and staff love it, it just makes life so much easier and is saving loads of time every single day. Sally Ellingford, Attendance Officer at BHASVIC

Why it’s Free

Studybugs works with public health organisations, with assistance and consent from parents, to help them gather valuable data on illnesses and deliver advice to improve children’s health. We’re committed to providing our service free of charge so it can reach the widest possible audience.

We fund ourselves by providing an optional paid-for add-on for schools, called Attendance — more here.

Improving the treatment of asthma in children

Inspire is a collaboration between Studybugs, the NHS, the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, the University of Sussex, Brighton & Hove City Council and EpiConcept.

The aim is to improve treatment of asthma in children, leading to increased attendance at school and better grades.

Visit the project website to find out more

Maintaining High Attendance

We all know that maintaining high attendance is fundamental to delivering a high quality education – and, ultimately, to children achieving the best results they can.

Studybugs helps maintain high attendance by improving children’s health. Our optional Attendance add-on takes the idea several steps further, and has helped schools increase their attendance by an average of 0.5% within their first term of using it.

Find out more

Saving the School Money

Studybugs works brilliantly alongside your school’s existing email, SMS and paper-based systems for communicating with parents.

With the free optional Messages add-on, it’s able to do much more. Replace your existing parent communication systems with a radically simpler, more powerful alternative – and save the school £££s in the process.

Find out more

Features

Help Improve Children’s Health

Participate in NHS projects to improve children’s health and reduce unecessary absence – all happens automatically via the Studybugs app for parents.

Studybugs Apps for Parents

Free iOS, Android and Windows Phone mobile apps with web app for parents without smartphones.

Free Web Portal for Staff

Secure browser-based access for any number of staff with live feed of messages from parents.

Bugs Map

See what illnesses are going around, not just at your school but anywhere in the area, and beyond.

Instant Chat

Send instant, free replies to parents via the Studybugs app (e.g. to offer help, request a doctor’s note, etc).

Keep Track

Keep track of which absence reports have been entered in the register (e.g. SIMS), when and by whom.

Desktop Notifications

No need to keep checking – see messages from parents pop up right on your desktop.

Reports by Email

If you like, you can have Studybugs send absence reports to a school email address you specify.

Automatic Reminders

Studybugs automatically reminds parents to keep the school posted each day their child is off school.

Help and Support

There’s a quick ‘Getting Started’ guide and comprehensive help documentation. If you need help after that, online technical support (for staff and parents) is provided at no charge.

Parent Pack

All you need to announce Studybugs to parents. Suggested wording, pictures, posters, even a widget for the school website. No messing around with special codes – just direct parents to get the Studybugs app.

For features of add-ons please refer to the pages about those add-ons (Messages and Attendance).

Anything unclear? Check our Common Questions.

Used by schools and colleges across the UK, from 40 to 3,000 pupils

Get Started Now

Register your school now for your free (forever) Studybugs account.

There’s nothing to install – all you need is a web browser.

Don’t work for the school? Register for a personal account.