Parent’s Conferences /Parent’s Evenings
Parents’ evenings are essential because they provide you a chance to
discuss what your child is doing at school, how they are getting on and cover
any issues you may want to talk about with your child’s teacher, or each
subject teacher in secondary schools.
It sends an important signal to the school and your child that education is vital,
that you care about your child’s school life and that you a partner in your
You should always arrive at the meeting before the scheduled time. During
the meeting you may have between 5-20 minutes for the parent conference.
Your time with the teacher is therefore limited and you should try to make the
most of it. Try to keep in mind you are not the only parent the teacher is
meeting with, and try to stay punctual and within your scheduled time.
Be prepared for the meeting. Find out what your child’s grades are before the
meeting. Check the grades, assignments and tests results against the
expectations for pupils at your child’s age level. Talk about these results with
the teacher and how they compare with the class results and where the
improvements are needed.
Prepare your questions, prioritizing what is the most important. Teachers
have many parents to see, and time needs to be used efficiently so you should
make sure you ask important questions first.
Always respect your child’s teacher. If she delivers bad news, listen first, then
talk. Be polite, thanking the teacher for bringing up a problem and discussing
ways in which both yourself and the teacher can solve it together. The end
objective is to get the best learning outcomes for your child and a good
parent-teacher relationship can only help.
Your child’s teacher might not know of things going wrong at home that could
affect your child’s learning: financial problems, a divorce, an illness or a
death in the family or moving houses or changes to your schedules could
all have an effect on your child.
Arrange a way to communicate going forward. Your partnership with your
child’s class teacher should continue throughout the year, so you keep in
contact with the teacher, agreeing on the preferred method of communication:
emails, phone call, meetings. This way, problems can be addressed quickly,
in your child’s learning or behavior guaranteeing the teacher you have their
And remember, your child should be happy at school and this should be your
primary concern. If your child looks forward to school, then chances are your
child will enjoy learning if you nurture it.