After a parents’ evening: Four steps

March 20, 2019

So you’ve been to a parents’ evening and you’ve got an overview of how your child is progressing. What do you do next to help? Read on for our top tips.

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Four steps to take after a parents’ evening:

  • The first step is to discuss with your child what the teacher said. They may already be aware of what they need to work on, but if they don’t then it’s a great opportunity to have a chat about it. Set a goal together of something they would like to achieve by the end of next term and make a plan on how to get there.

    For example: You’re told they give up every time they have to learn something new, such as times tables. The goal you come up with together is to have a ‘can-do attitude’. Steps to getting there could be taking a new set of tables and learning them in small batches. Praise them for the ones they have got right alongside highlighting when they are being positive towards their learning. As a result they will know what kind of attitude is expected.

  • If you’ve set any goals with the teacher, plan a time to review these. Depending on how the teacher likes to work this could be an email, call or face-to-face catch up 6-8 weeks after the initial meeting. Review how things are going and make changes if needed.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask. If you come away from a parents’ evening and you’ve forgotten something, or realised you don’t understand how the school is reporting on progress, contact the school or look on their website as you may find a wealth of information on there.
  • Ask others for help! Don’t worry if you don’t understand something or want to know what others are doing. Lots of people will be in the same position so talk to fellow parents for advice. Alternatively, there are some great advice websites like theschoolrun.co.uk and oxfordowl.co.uk or if you have a tutor, talk to them. At Explore Learning our tutors always help parents when they need advice.  Never be afraid to ask – there is no such thing as a silly question when it comes to your child’s learning!

If you haven’t had your parents’ evening yet, check out our handy guide to help you make the most of it.

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