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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

child’s learning.

 

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

full support.

 

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.