Pioneering website is featured in Herald

Chess Digital's web project for Focus West to build a tool to help school pupils progress to University has been featured in the Herald Scotland.

FOCUS Point Website

Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to go to university will be able to make contact with each other for the first time through a groundbreaking social messaging service. 

The new FocusPoint website, which has been developed to help widen access, has a unique student forum where pupils from low participation schools can discuss their university applications and other issues online.

The forum - which covers some 40 schools in the west of Scotland, but could eventually involve up to 90 across the country - has been developed to combat the difficulties facing pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds if they want to go to university or college.

Such pupils can be the only ones in their school applying and there is no natural peer group to discuss their options - unlike schools where significant numbers go on to higher education.

FocusPoint was built using Umbraco CMS with a number of exciting custom features built by our developers. 

Students are able to securely log in, they can discuss university options with fellow students and they can use our Subject Picker to generate subject suggestions based on their chosen career paths.

Both the back end and the front end of the site are fully responsive, displaying beautifully on desktops, tablets and smartphones. This allows students to access content wherever they are and allows content managers to edit the site on the go.

View the full Herald article.

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