Parents evenings are coming up again so I thought I would share with you my tips for a successful evening. I'll let you in on a little secret. Most teachers feel a bit nervous on parent's evening, even old hands like me who have been teaching for 20 years.
What should you ask the teacher at parent's evening?
For a successful parents evening preparation is key:
Ask your child:
- How are things going at school?
- What do you want your teacher to know?
(Also read, How to get your kids talking about school.)
Write down your questions:
- How is my child progressing?
- Is he particularly good at anything?
- Is there anywhere you think he could improve?
- What's he like in class?
- Does he join in with group activities?
- How does he get on with the other children?
You might also ask:
- What can I do to help with my child's learning when we're at home?
- Is there anything you'd like to know about what my child is like at home?
- How Can I Contact You? It’s good to know how to get in touch with your child’s teacher, so find out whether he or she prefers emails, phone calls or written notes.
Be on time!
Try to keep the relationship with the teacher non-confrontational, even if the news about your child is not all positive.
If you want to discuss things further make a follow up appointment.
Parents’ evenings are not the place to bring up issues about school policies. Make an appointment with the school management or governors instead.
There should never be any surprises at parents evening. If there are issues the teacher and parents should have spoken before now!
This is a revised post.