Parent Teacher interviews are being held on Thursday April 23rd-2nd week back. Interim reports will be available on Compass in the first week back and interviews can also be booked through the Compass site. Letters were sent to all parents last year, but if you have lost your log in and password details, please contact the school.
Research shows that family engagement improves school readiness, student achievement, and social skills. Furthermore, an increasing number of innovative approaches to education place families as core partners in the learning process.
Family engagement does not happen in a vacuum. Rather, it takes the committed actions of both families and schools working together, through parent–teacher interviews as well as other forms of communication, to support student success.
What should you expect?
A two-way conversation: Like all good conversations, parent–teacher interviews are best when both people talk and listen. The interview is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school: find out whether your child is meeting school expectations and academic standards. This is also a time for the teacher to learn about what your child is like at home; when you tell the teacher about your child’s skills and interests.
Emphasis on learning: Focus on how well the child is doing in school. Interviews also allow talk about how the child can do even better. Opportunities and challenges: Just like you, teachers want your child to succeed. You will probably hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement. Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges.
What should you talk to the teacher about?
Progress: Find out how your child is doing by asking questions like: Is my child performing below, at, or above the relevant AusVels level? What do you see as his or her strengths? How could he or she improve?
Assignments and assessments: Ask to see examples of your child’s work. Ask how the teacher assessed the work, and when, how and what feedback was given about the work.
Your thoughts about your child: Be sure to share your thoughts and feelings about your child. Tell the teacher what you think your child is good at. Explain what he or she needs more help with.
Support learning at home: Ask what you can do at home to help your child learn.
Support learning at school: Find out about our VCE study periods, Beat Maths and Fixing Lit programs that are available at the school to help or extend your child. Ask how the teacher and school will both challenge your child and support your child when he or she needs it.
How should you follow up?
Make a plan: Write down the things that you and the teacher will each do to support your child. Write down what you will do, when, and how often. Make plans to check in with the teacher in the coming term.
Schedule another time to talk: Communication should go both ways. Ask how you can contact the teacher. And don’t forget to ask how the teacher will contact you too. Be sure to schedule at least one more time to talk in the next few months.
Talk to your child: The parent–teacher interview is all about your child, so don’t forget to include him or her. Share with your child what you learned. Show him or her how you will help with learning at home. Ask for his or her suggestions.