Education Matters

3 essential questions to ask at parent teacher interviews

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Mar 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM

3 essential questions to ask at parent teacher interviewsParents have a right to be involved in their child’s education. The play a vital role in our school community. For parents who are often time poor, finding this valuable one-on-one time with teachers can sometimes prove difficult which is why knowing the questions to ask at parent teacher interviews is important in helping to understand your child’s progress at school. Parent teacher interviews are valuable occasions.

They can however be fraught with difficulties – In some schools time slots are short; scheduling can often be inconvenient; and the setting of a crowded hall can make locating teachers hard. However, even a short face-to-face meeting can convey a level of understanding and reassurance as to your child’s progress in the school year. Of course, any unanswered questions can be followed up with further interviews at a later stage.

With this in mind, here are 


, with the aim of getting the most out of parent teacher interviews.

  1. What are my son’s strengths? Ask to see evidence that shows your child’s current level of achievement and recent progress. Discussing your child’s key learning attributes and how these support his overall learning progress will also assist you to understand your son better.

  2. Are there any areas of concern? This does not have to be limited to academic progress but should also cover conduct, diligence and any other issues that may have an impact on your child’s overall learning.

  3. What are the upcoming focus areas of the curriculum and what strategies can we put in place to support my son? Working with teachers to adopt strategies that will support your child’s learning progress will make you feel empowered and provide you with clear goals to work toward. A little direction can go a long way.

We encourage parents and teachers to review interviews, recording any insights gained from the interview that will support the child’s learning progress.

Parent teacher interviews are an important facet of a child’s education journey and we strongly encourage parents to attend. At Trinity, we recognise the difficulties parents face in making the time to attend these meetings. We offer a meal service to help relieve some of this pressure on that particular night and you may book an appointment with his Housemaster throughout the year at any mutually acceptable time.

We are all the beneficiaries of these occasions but most of all, they are valuable to the boys and their educational development.

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Topics: Parent-teacher interviews