Tamara Thomas – Class rep at St Philip and St James (Phil and Jim’s) Primary School, Oxford.
A busy mother of three boys, Tamara is a class rep at Phil and Jim’s primary school while studying for a maths degree at the Open University.
“I’m having a career change and wanted to get involved in my sons’ school lives and to give something back to the school”, she explains. Tamara, who also has an older son at the Dragon School in Oxford, has found Classlist
invaluable in helping her to juggle her busy life. She used to work full time as as buyer for high street retailers but is now taking advantage of her change in career direction to put something back into her sons’ schools. Now part way into her three-year degree course, she eventually hopes to teach maths in schools.
“I think it’s important to help support the teachers who work so hard to give our children the best education they can. And if sending out an email reminding everyone to take their wellies in is one way of doing that, I’m happy to help.
“I love Classlist – it’s so easy. I am not particularly technical but I found it simple to use. I had previously been a class rep when my oldest son was in reception – but this was tricky because the school can’t give out details for reasons of data protection so you’re relying on parents to be at the initial school meeting and write their details on a piece of paper that’s handed round.
“The potential for copying or misreading addresses is quite high – we had four or five wrong email addresses due to this. But there’s none of that with Classlist. The parents’ details are accurate because the parents key the data in themselves.
“Classlist is a really easy way to contact all the parents in one go without having to cut and paste 20 or 30 addresses from your last email, which again is easy to make a mistake with.
“It’s also nice to look at the pictures of parents and put a face to a name.
“I only spend around 10 minutes doing emails to both classes on a Sunday evening just to remind people of events in the forthcoming week.
“Classlist really does take the hassle out of it. I love being a form rep.”