Parents’ Evenings are a very important part in the relationship between the school, the child and the parent. It is vitally important that parents and carers attend these meetings.
The dates for Parents’ Evenings are announced well in advance via the school’s weekly newsletter.
Parents may book one 10-minute slot per child with their child’s teacher. If you are aware or suspect that you may need more time, it would be best to book another meeting on alternative day.
The aim is for you to get an update on the progress your child has been making in:
•Speaking and Listening
All children are assessed in these 5 subjects at the end of every term.
It is a good idea to jot down a list of questions and observations on each subject in advance so your appointments are focused and make the most of the limited time.
Questions for Parents
At the Parents’ meeting you should ask the teacher at the very least to tell you:
•What the target for your child is in these 5 subjects at the end of this school year
•What your child achieved in these 5 subjects at the end of the last term.
Other useful questions might want to ask could be:
•Is my child’s progress in line with the teacher’s expectations?
•Has he or she done anything particularly well, or badly?
•What can he or she do to improve?
•How can I help as a parent?
•How can you help as his or her teacher?
•How much time should my child’s homework for this subject take?
•What do his or her results tell us about possible performance in important future exams such as SATs in Year 6?
•Does he or she contribute in lessons?
•How does my child get along with the other pupils in the class and the teachers?
If your child is not making the expected progress towards their target it is vitally important that you should discuss what the obstacles are and agree on how to overcome them.
Good teaching means identifying areas for improvement, so don’t be offended if you hear criticism of your child. However, this should always be constructive and designed to help them to achieve their potential in the subject. If your child is with you, try not to sound disappointed or negative – or tell your child off! Take the advice of the teacher as a positive step towards better marks in the future. Remember that it’s rarely helpful to compare your child’s performance to other members of the class or year group – what’s important is that they are achieving in line with their own capabilities, not those of others.
Don’t be afraid to ask
Teachers at Fulham Primary have a wealth of knowledge and experience, so ask for their guidance and suggestions on how you can help your child to do their best in the subject. If a teacher says something you don’t understand, ask for clarification. Parents are not expected to know all about a subject or a method of teaching.
After the parents’ evening, keep in mind any action or targets you have agreed with teachers and check to see that the expected progress is being made in the timeframe. If not, then add the question to your list for the next parents’ evening – unless you feel your child is seriously slipping behind, in which case don’t wait, but ask to speak to the teacher again as soon as you can.
Working together for the best outcomes for your child is our aim.