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					REPORTS AND PARENT
    INTERVIEWS
WORKING WITH PARENTS
• Strong partnerships between school
  and home build robust schools

• Each teacher plays a role in
  developing community trust and
  confidence in the school

• Sensitive, considerate treatment of
  parents and caregivers is the
  responsibility of every teacher
WRITING REPORTS
• School procedures and policies

• Formal school document

• Must be closely correlated with
  assessment procedures and record
  keeping

• Timelines and deadlines

• Previous communications
REPORTING


• ‘The school’s procedures for
 reporting to parents will be
 developed in consultation with
 parents, within the DET policy
 framework.’

• ‘Parents and caregivers will
 receive a written report at least
 twice per year’.
Use plain but informative language

Must provide information about
 progress toward achievement of
 syllabus outcomes

Individual syllabus outcomes do not
  need to be reported to parents

Provide information about student
 strengths and areas of need
WHAT DO PARENTS WANT?
• The truth

• Earliest detection of any learning,
  attitudinal or behavioural problems

• An understanding of their child’s
  rank/ position

• The expectations - subjects –
  particularly if child is not
  succeeding
• Information and comment about
  achievement and progress in
  academic and non academic areas
General parent concerns
• Is my child happy?

• Is my child motivated to learn/
  succeed?

• Is my child doing well?

• What are the school’s
  achievements?

• Where do students go after they
  have finished at ……………?
INTERVIEWS
• Know the student

• Be aware of previous
  communications

• Have worked marked, assessed,
  returned

• Be ready to describe and show
  evidence of your teaching program

• Have some evidence of student
  progress, learning achievements
   INTERVIEWS
• Every parent wants the best for their child

• Start and end on a positive note

• Don’t sit behind your desk – adopt an open
  posture, relaxed, approachable, good eye contact

• May need a goal or specific point of
  communication for each student

• Use the ‘sandwich’ if you have any negative
  comments to make

• Have a copy of the report

• Be approachable, friendly
INTERVIEWS
• Follow up on any promises,
  commitments made at interview
WHAT TO SAY
• Targeted specific comment about
  each child

• If you want to find out some
  information about a student have
  questions ready and be prepared to
  write down information

• Talk about working together to
  promote successful outcomes for
  their child
IF THINGS DON’T GO WELL…
• Let the parent speak without
  interrupting

Empathise, affirm

Keep a focus on the issue or problem,
 not the individual or their current
 behaviour

If the situation escalates excuse
  yourself and get help
SOME DON’T’S
• Don’t complain about your job, workload
  etc
• Don’t rehearse your answer until you
  have heard the parent out

• Don’t give definitive answers – suggest

• Don’t try to persuade the parent that
  they are wrong …and you are right

• Don’t get backed into a corner and agree
  to things you are uncomfortable with or
  can’t follow through on
• INTERVIEWS ARE AN
  OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE
  HOME/ SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS

• INTERVIEWS ARE AN
  OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE
  PARENTAL UNDERSTANDING OF
  SCHOOL

				
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