Msg#: 10948 posted 5:30 am on Feb 13, 2006 (gmt 0)
This could be done with something like MovableType or another blog engine used as a CMS. It really depends on what you're comfortable with and what your server will support. Try taking a look at sites like OpenSourceCMS or CMS Matrix to compare the features.
Msg#: 10948 posted 7:17 am on Feb 13, 2006 (gmt 0)
Since you did ask for advice...
...I think you should ask yourself (and answer the question honestly) whether your skill set is sufficient to deal with implementing a website which is dealing with children. If the children are to have any access at all, then the question is even more important.
I consider myself a professional and I would probably still hand a job like this off to someone I knew who had experience in the problems which are inherent in an educational site.
Having talked to someone who does deal with schools (in the UK), one major factor is security (both ingoing and outgoing). Another is the formal standards which it is necessary to implement in any websites receiving public funding (some of which are currently being discussed elsewhere) in certain countries.
This is not meant to put you (or other readers) off taking jobs like this, just to get you to think about what they can entail.