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Parents’ Evenings

Parents' Evenings

See Calendar for Parents’ evenings dates.

Parents’ Consultation Evenings are one of the best opportunities for you to meet teachers to discuss how your child is doing; it is important for you to attend Parents‘ Evenings. At Neale-Wade Academy we operate an appointment system and it is best to make sure you make appointments with all of their teachers to get a full picture of progress.

Remember, Parents’ Evenings are a two way process – while parents want and need to know how their child is doing, this is also an opportunity for teachers to learn how your child acts at home, for instance their approach to homework, and to make suggestions to parents on how they can help with their child’s learning.

The Academy also runs Invited Parents’ Evenings for each year group at strategic times of the year. These ‘invitation only’ events are run by the Senior Leaders and Progress Leaders. The main aim is to talk to parents of students who are under performing in a number of subjects and to investigate ways to get students ‘back on track’.

Tips for Parents’ Evening:
  • Read your child’s report and relevant progress information before going to the Academy.
  • If possible, look at some of your child’s work beforehand.
  • If the teacher says anything you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask what they mean.
  • If you feel nervous about meeting teachers, remember they probably feel the same way about meeting parents.
  • Try to come away with some positive steps for you, your child and teachers to help your child succeed.
  • If there are any points of conflict, try to talk about them with teachers and find a solution that is in the best interests of your child.
  • If you think a meeting might be difficult, take another adult (a family member or friend) for support and  to bring a different perspective to the situation.
  • Make a few notes of the meeting if it will help you remember what was said and what was agreed.
Useful Questions:
  • 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 Academy work in general?
  • Has my child made sufficient progress since their last report?
  • Is my child happy at the Academy?
  • Has my child made friends?
  • Does my child’s behaviour give cause for concern?