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Parents' Consultation Meetings

These can be the cause of tremendous stress for both teacher and parent.


It is a good idea to take notes during parent consultation meetings. If concerns are raised during the meeting write them down, and if possible discuss them when you get home. If there are still uncertainties, contact the school’s head or principal stating your concern and asking for clarification. Under no circumstances should you be confrontational during the parents’ consultation meeting; this achieves nothing but mutual distrust.


It is good practice for schools to give you grade information and sometimes performance information in advance of the parents’ consultation meeting. This gives you the opportunity to work out what questions you want to ask which teacher. You should pay particular attention to whether your child’s predicted target grade is being reached. If it isn’t you may want to ask why. If it is being reached easily, you may want the teacher to set a harder target to stretch your child. If you have any concerns about your child, try to inform the school before the meeting so that they have time to look into the issues you've raised.


Parents’ consultation evenings should not be an opportunity for the teacher to tell you what they have written on a report.


Any issues that seriously affect your child's achievement should be raised with you as they happen, not stored up for the Parents' Meeting.