Making the Most of Parents' Evenings
Stage 1 - Preparing for Parents' Evenings
Ss Fisher & More R.C. High School will invite you to attend parents' evenings at least once a year. This is an excellent opportunity to find out how your child is progressing and to meet your child's teachers.
At the beginning of the year, Ss Fisher & More R.C. High School will publish a calendar which includes all the dates of parents' evenings for each year group. This information is also displayed on the school web site and you will receive at least one text the week before your child's evening to remind you. Make a note of the date of the parents' evening as soon as you get it.
To make the most of the evening, you can prepare a little beforehand without spending lots of time.
Here are some ideas:
- You may receive a progress report before the evening. If this is the case, go through it carefully. Take note of the concerns and successes.Find out more from your child about the issues raised.
- Make a note of any questions you want to ask the teachers. Remember to include any concerns you may have about emotional and social progress, such as how well your child fits in, or anything to do with friendship problems.
- Use the grid at the back of this booklet to help you plan your evening.
Stage 2 - The Evening Itself
At Ss Fisher & More R.C. High School we operate an appointment system and it is best to make sure you make appointments with all teachers to get a full picture of progress.
You are welcome to bring your child(ren) with you.
Try not to overrun your time. If you feel there isn’t enough time to cover all the issues at the parents’ evening, you can always arrange to talk to the teacher again either on the phone or by making an appointment.
Be prepared to listen – try not to jump to conclusions or criticise the teachers or school without really listening to what they have to say. It helps teachers and parents to share information and knowledge about the child.
Ask questions – if you don’t agree with something or you are not sure what a teacher means, don’t feel embarrassed to ask.
Try to come away from the meeting with some positive steps that you, your child and the teachers will take to help your child succeed.
Useful questions you may want to ask as a parent/carer
- What are my child’s strengths?
- Has my child shown any special talents?
- What is my child finding difficult and how can I help with this?
- Can you show me examples of these?
- Does my child try hard enough?
- Does my child join in class discussions?
- How can I help with my child’s work in general?
- Has my child made sufficient progress since their last report?
- Does my child complete homework to a good standard and do they hand it in on time?
- Is my child happy at school?
- Has my child made friends?
- Does my child’s behaviour give cause for concern?
You may wish to tell the teacher about:
- Any changes at home
- General attitude at home
- Things your child enjoys and /or finds difficult
- Special interests which s/he enjoys at home
- Any worries or concerns you may have or that your child may have voiced
- How you are helping
Other Ways to Stay Connected
Having a good relationship with your child’s teacher can create an important link between home and school.
E-mail individual teachers if you would like more information or more contact. Please see the school website for e-mail addresses.
Use the school website www.fishermore.lancs.sch.uk. Click on the tab for “Pupils” and then the tab for your child’s year group to keep up to date with the latest information.
Look out for texts and e-mails from the school giving you important information. Please remember to update your personal contact details with the school if they change and remember to include an e-mail address and all relevant mobile numbers.
Stay in touch with your child’s tutor and/or pastoral leader.
Check the weekly bulletin which is on our website or request a paper copy. This will keep you up to date with school news and events.