Name: Daniel Smith
5 Bits of Advice About: Parents’ evenings
- Chase up appointments as the pupils who don’t set a time are often the ones you need to see the most.
- Set up your desk so that you have data to hand and perhaps exercise books. Some literature about the structure of the GCSE course may also be relevant.
- Structure of an appointment: start with a positive statement, discuss reading, writing, speaking & listening, motivation and set one, maybe two specific targets.
- Be as concise as possible: you will aid the other teachers, avoid a queue and you may get to leave early. You may also be able to ‘grab’ a parent waiting in a long queue.
- Try to build in toilet breaks between blocks of appointments and try not to leave the most difficult discussions until last.