Protocols for Parents’ Evenings
Because we know how busy Parent´s Evenings can be in such a large school we’ve compiled some suggestions below to help to make the experience a positive one.
Due to the size of the school and the teaching load for members of staff it is unfortunately not possible to devise a system where parents can see all of their child’s teachers.
When making appointments we strongly recommend that you prioritise the subjects or teachers that you would most like to see.
If you cannot get the appointments that you need there are other ways to contact members of staff by telephone, by emailing the school or writing a note in the planner and asking your son or daughter to show it to the teacher. If there is a concern about progress, then the school will most likely be in touch with you irrespective of parents’ evening.
We think very carefully about the timing of parents’ evenings and we have to fit seven of them into a few months during the middle of the academic year. Issues that you wish to raise or questions you have need not wait until parents’ evening. Get in touch at other times if you need to.
The appointment system doesn’t always work perfectly. Staff have been asked to keep to five minutes per appointment and they should manage the time. You can assist with this by also helping to keep the discussion to five minutes. If longer is needed you can always arrange a follow up telephone call with the teacher.
As a general rule please don’t block appointments back to back, you will need movement time in between.
It can be prudent to try to prioritise subjects where your child is doing less well, although it’s always good to go and hear where things are going really well too. Generally speaking, where an attitude to learning score is a grade 5 or 6 then it is very likely that things in that subject will be very much on track.
Please do enjoy parents’ evening and celebrate success with your son or daughter.