Successful parents evenings 2010/ 11

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Successful parents evenings 2010/ 11

  1. 1. NQT Induction Session 13th October 2010 Successful Parents’ Evenings Do Don’t …be Professional …surprise the parent if there are serious • Extra attention to appearance, concerns. This should have been raised before especially after a full day’s teaching! parents’ evening • Polite, professional manner at all times – not over familiar …use jargon, acronyms or specialist subject • Open body language, eye contact, language – explain any educational terms you smile need to use …be prepared …talk about other pupils / whole class • Ensure you know the data well – pick up specific issues that parents will be …focus too much on behaviour – put this into concerned about especially if already the context of the pupil’s progress highlighted on ePortal • Print out photo sheets for classes to …bluff – if you can’t answer a question promise ensure you are always talking about to investigate and get back to the parent. Don’t the correct pupil make promises you can’t keep. …support your comments with evidence …be confrontational, argumentative or defensive – use clear objective evidence, facts • Use examples of pupil work to support are friendly your comments if possible • Give specific examples of something …tolerate confrontational or abusive parents – the pupil has done well/needs to end interview at once if you feel intimidated in improve any way or are abused. Refer to member of leadership team at front entrance immediately …be honest • Give clear feedback on how the pupil is progressing • Give clear ideas on what they need to do to progress further (even if they are doing really well) • Ensure any negative comments have a positive target to help pupil progress …stick to the time allocation • Keep discussion focussed on progress of pupil • Use clear ‘cues’ to end of meeting e.g. “Are there any other questions or concerns you have?” / summarise …listen to parents and respect their role • Seek their views on best approaches to learning for their child • Involve them in learning – let them know the kinds of things they can do to support their child’s progress at home, useful resources, VLE etc. • Make it clear that communication with
  2. 2. NQT Induction Session 13th October 2010 home can extend beyond parents’ evenings if necessary

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