Parent-teacher interviews are a great way to gain clarity on your child’s progress at school. The aim of these interviews is for you and the teacher to work in partnership to help your child learn and feel successful.
At TutorBright, we know that sometimes these interviews can be a source of concern for everyone involved: your child may feel uneasy about teachers talking to you about their performance, and you may be concerned about how your child is doing and are contemplating how you can support them.
We’ve put together some helpful tips on what to consider before and after your parent-teacher interview.
Before Your Parent-Teacher Interview
1. Make a list of questions to ask your child’s teacher
- What do you think my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
- What can I do at home to help my child with school work?
- How is my child getting along with other students?
- What expectations do you have for my child?
2. Ask your child if there are any points they would like you to bring up with the teacher
3. Think of information that may impact your child’s academic performance e.g. learning differences or health issues
4.Read through your child’s existing and previous reports. Has your child’s performance improved or declined during the term?
After Your Parent-Teacher Interview
1. Follow up with the teacher on decisions or solutions that were discussed during the interview
2. Share the teacher’s feedback with your child
3. If appropriate, share any plans that you and the teacher have in helping to support your child’s academic performance
4. Show that your child’s well-being and performance is important. Let them know that you and the teacher support them, and that to improve, everyone must work together
5. Start plans for improvement immediately e.g. research support opportunities or contact your child’s school’s support services
If you are looking for additional help for your child, then contact our Education Team who can give you guidance on how we can help your child.