The Groups system allows parents on Classlist to communicate with a different audience for each message, comment or invitation they want to share. There are two types of groups: automatically-populated school groups and parent-created bespoke groups. Whenever you post any content you can select which group your message is addressed to, and under any comment the grey text confirms which group will be able to view the comment.
Find out about joining, creating and managing groups.
Click on the Groups page in the navigation to view your list of groups, together with the number of members in each one. You will see a different set of groups to other members, because the list is personalised according to which ones you belong to. The school groups are listed first, and always show the school logo to help identify them. These groups are automatically generated by the system, based on which year and class your child is assigned to. You can change your child's year and class in your Profile.
You will only see the class/year school groups which your children belong to. All Admin members are automatically placed in the Ambassadors and Reps Group: if you do not have an admin account you will not see this group. Groups created by parents are displayed with a pink default roundel unless the group owner has uploaded a cover photo (see orchestra parents vs dog walkers groups in the image below). Parent groups can be either open to join or closed. If a group is closed it simply means you need to send a request to the group owner asking to join.
Benefits of the Groups feature
The Groups feature means you can post things which are only applicable to that particular group, without bothering the parents in the rest of the school (ie in the example below, Year 3 homework is only relevant to parents with children in Year 3). No more endless notifcations about stuff you are not interested in!
School Groups are automatically generated by Classlist and reflect your school's individual structure of Years and Classes. Each member is placed into their personal Year and Class groups based on which classes their children are in. Parents with multiple children will be in multiple School Groups. If you have an Admin status on Classlist you will also be automatically included in the 'Ambassadors and Reps' group.
NB: By default, whole school posts are not emailed out to all members straight away, to avoid information overload!
You can opt in to receive whole school posts by email via your notification settings, but otherwise they are sent with the weekly digest. You can view a whole school post at any time in the Parent Board feed. If you need to send an urgent message to the whole school, you can ask an admin member to send an announcement for you.
These Groups are created by users rather than automatically generated. They can be either 'open', ie anyone can join, or 'closed', ie parents wanting to join have to be approved by the group's owner. You can't change the status of a group from open to closed or vice versa at the moment. Parents can create groups themselves and add individual parents or classes. This allows parents to communicate around a shared interest even if their children are in different School Groups.
Closed Parent Groups may be created for all sorts of purposes, from music clubs or sports teams, to social groups such as book clubs or regular pub quiz teams. Only group owners can add, approve or remove members or delete the group. Click here for more information on managing groups.
NB: for admins, the Groups page in admin mode is only for monitoring content. If you need to change the name/membership of a school group you need to be in the School Structure page in admin mode.