Name: Amy Forrester
Position: Teacher and NATE Research Officer
5 Bits of Advice About: Parents’ Evenings
- If you’re nervous, talk to colleagues in advance. Use it as a CPD opportunity too- watch and observe other staff if you have a spare 5 mins.
- Make sure a conversation takes place- not just you droning on. Engage the child with questions as a basis for the discussion.
- Take examples of things a child has done that is excellent, or not so much. Sharing this is really powerful.
- Take copies of all data- academic tracking, homework submissions (especially if this is an issue). If you want to discuss a particular area, have evidence to hand.
- Don’t leave raising problems until parents evenings. Phone parents when problems happen so it isn’t a surprise on the night. Work with them.