Parents evenings are held so that you can meet your child’s teachers to talk about your child’s progress, what is going well, where support is needed, how you can support your child’s learning and to let them know more about your child (e.g. other interests/activities your child is involved in, things that might affect their learning such as moving house, a bereavement, etc). It also provides you with a chance to ask the teachers questions that you or your child may have.
Parents’ evenings are usually run by appointments, where you have timeslots in which to see teachers. Normally, pupils are given a sheet before parents evening, which they take to each of their teachers to make appointments for you – this should let you know where and when to see teachers on the evening. We actively encourage our pupils to attend and take part in the discussions between parents and teachers.
Talk to your child before parents evening about their progress and ask if there are any questions that he/she would like you to ask the teachers. If you receive your child’s report beforehand, take some time to read it and talk to your child about it so that you can think about the questions you would like to ask. After parents evening, tell your child about the discussions with teachers and talk about what you can do to best support his/her learning – this is a good opportunity to recognise and praise your child’s strengths.
Some questions you might want to ask include:
If you feel that you would like to discuss something in more depth, it might be helpful to make a follow-up appointment to see a teacher.
You can take a friend or relative with you to parents evenings if you feel nervous about going. It might also help to visit BBC Learning for more information on what happens and what to do at parents evenings.
Contact the Academy if you are unable to go to parents evening and ask if you can make an appointment to see a teacher at a more suitable time. Remember, you do not have to wait until parents evening to discuss any queries or concerns you have. You can contact the Academy and ask to speak to a member of staff at any time of the school year.