Heathdale flower 10th June 2021

How to: Parent Teacher Conversations

We've been working on Parent Teacher Conversations to equip you as best as we can.

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It is that time of the year where we will soon be sending out reports and having parent teacher conversations. We always look forward to this opportunity to strengthen are partnership with parents as we journey together in the education of your children. Unfortunately, some of the timelines have been pushed in different directions due to the recent lockdown. We will be having our Primary parent teacher conversations on the 23rd and 24th June and our Secondary conversations the first two weeks back of Term 3. The will be online again on Microsoft Teams due to the COVID climate.

It is important to us that you gain as much insight as possible about your child in the parent teacher conversations. As a staff, we have been exploring what parent teacher conversations mean for the growth of our community. How in 10-15 minutes we can equip you with all of the information you would like and need to know about your child in order to partner with us in their learning.

We are aiming to give you greater clarity and feedback about where your child is at academically and the learning growth they are experiencing. You will be able to find out about their strengths and areas for improvement and how you can help at home. You will also be able to find out about their focus and Biblical characteristics in class, their attitude to learning and how they are travelling socially. If your child is in Primary school we will focus on the core subjects of English, Maths and one other subject taught by your Homeroom teacher. If your child is in Secondary school the focus will be on the subject the teacher takes them for.

You are welcome to book in with your child’s homeroom teacher and in Primary you can request to meet with the specialist teachers of French, Technologies, Library, Music, Art, PE and sport. Sometimes it is nice to speak to teachers about some of your child’s other strengths.

As parents you have a major influence on the way your child learns. It is from home that children derive lasting effects on their mindset, character and attainment. Parent engagement in the educational development of your child improves attainment and learning growth. With this in mind this is why we wish to give you as much information as possible about your child’s learning that we can pack into 10-15 minutes. It is also an opportunity to develop your relationship with your child’s teacher.

During parent teacher conversations teachers are under a bit of time pressure, especially on Teams and sometimes this can leave a parent feeling that they haven’t had enough time to ask questions they wanted to. Therefore, if you have questions that you don’t have time to ask in the allocated time please feel free to email your teachers afterwards – it might be an idea to go into the interview with specific questions if you have them.

After your parent teacher conversation, we would love to hear some feedback about how clearly you have heard where you child is at academically and what their learning growth has been for the past six months.