Monday 8th May 2017
We received a lecture from HAYS on Parents Evenings. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to be involved with parent evening as of yet so therefore, this lecture proved beneficial to give me tips and advice. I feel much more prepared with regard to parents evenings now and feel quite confident when approaching this as an NQT. I consider it a crucial opportunity to communicate with parents and involve them in their child’s education. It is also a vital opportunity to discuss pupil progress and any holistic issues that may be apparent in school or at home. However, it is also crucial to consider that not all parents may be able to attend parents evening. This may be due to time restraints or full-time work. Therefore, it is important to provide other opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s progress. This may be after school one day, during lunch time or in a breakfast club. If that is still not possible, then they are only a phone call away!
Here are the top tips that I gathered from the lecture:
- View parents evening as an opportunity to build relationships
- Greet parents warmly, shake hands and thank them for coming
- Set the agenda – discuss targets
- Always start with the positives/strengths
- Always have evidence in front of you
- Do not tackle any ‘big’ problems – you do not have time!
- Immediately note down anything important
- Do not promise what you will not be able to deliver