Parents’ evening is a hugely important night of the year for parents, teachers and most crucially, pupils. It provides the opportunity for parents to speak to the people that their children spend 30 hours a week with and to get an insight into how those hours are spent, their child’s progress and how their education can be optimised moving forward. This is why it’s so vitally important for parents’ evening to run smoothly. It’s a huge organisational undertaking for all parties involved; school staff must co-ordinate the logistics, parents have to sync their availability with that of the teachers they wish to see, and often, particularly in the case of secondary schools, students have to liaise with their teachers to book appointments on behalf of their parents.
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According to extensive research carried out by Professor John Hattie, the world’s most influential education academic, “When pursued consistently throughout a child’s development, parental engagement could amount to the equivalent of an additional two to three years’ schooling for a child, adding massively to their overall achievement.” So, how can schools foster strong interactions and links with parents, to ensure that the learning experience is a fully developed one for every child?
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