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Making the Most of Parent Teacher Meetings



Whether your child is in Primary or Secondary School, the Parent Teacher Meeting is an important time to meet with your child’s teacher(s) in a one to one setting. Furthermore, it lets your child know that you care about their progress and their schools.

In Primary school parents will usually only meet with the child’s class teacher. In Secondary school, however you will meet with all or most of their subject teachers (around six to ten individual teachers). However, at each level the objectives are similar. It is a chance to see how your child is getting on in school, where their strengths and weaknesses lie, how they socialise with other children in the classroom, playground, extra curricular activities etc. It is also a chance for your teacher to learn more about your child in order that you can work together for your child’s success.

Facing our child’s education can be daunting for some parents who carry feelings of anxiety from their own schooldays. However, many parents are surprised to learn that teachers, especially new ones, are equally anxious about meeting parents! So the best way to approach is to be positive and remember you are working on the same team.

The time limit for each parent(s) at the annual Parent Teacher Meeting at Primary school is about 10 to 15 minutes long. And at second level just a few minutes with each subject teacher.
It is therefore important to stick to the time allotted, as it can be irritating for other parents if the teacher’s time is monopolised by a couple of parents. (If there is a lengthy issue to discuss schedule a later appointment)
So it helps to do a little a little advance work to maximise this valuable time. Here are a few pointers that may help

A Few Pointers

Talk to your child. Let them know about the meeting and ask them if there is anything they would like you raise with their Teacher(s)

Sample Questions

Obviously emphasis and questions change as your child makes his or her way up through the school, but here is a range of example questions you may find useful.


Follow-up

If you need to review anything suggest a further meeting there and then or phone/e-mail/write and set up an appointment that suits both of you.

Let your child know how the meeting went. They are usually curious to know what their teacher(s) think about them!

Print off our primary or secondary parent teacher meeting planner below to take with you to the meeting

To download and print your primary parent teacher meeting sheet click on the PDF below
ptm1.pdf
To download and print your secondary parent teacher meeting sheet click on the PDF below
ptm2.pdf