Cobblers about Parents Evening

March 03, 2018

Cobblers about Parent’s Evening

“Perhaps if my teacher understood me, she would like me a bit more.”

Whilst most of the population is enthusiastically gearing itself up to Christmas, I am recovering from a bad attack of PEFO – or Parent’s Evening Fall-Out. This is the time of year when something or someone always catches me out. During the rest of the year, if nobody says anything too controversial, then school and home can all rub along reasonably well. We are all ticking along nicely – lessons going well, children happy – then WHAM!  – Parent’s Evening.

Now most parents just regard these twice-yearly interviews as a bit like going to the dental hygienist; it has to be done, just go in, get it over with, and get on with your life. However, if you are the parent of a dyslexic child, when everyone comes together at one of these meetings, the tension mounts. The things said or unsaid sit there, like the elephant in the room.

 

If there was a set format to these evenings, then maybe we could plan what we were going to say and when we were going to say it. But my experience is that the minute parents get into the room, teachers rattle on at a breath-taking pace, allowing no space for anyone else to talk. The only way to make a point is to be down-right rude and interrupt.  ”But, but, but…….”

There are two bits of information you want.

  1. Is my child making progress?
  2. Is my child happy?

And if the teacher can’t give you evidence of both, then find out why.

 

The interview usually ends with the signing ritual; the Individual Education Plan!

This plan takes many guises, but basically, it is joint working document which itemises your child’s needs and how the school intends to meet those needs.

“Just sign there.”

“But, but, but….”

“If you sign there you can take a copy and look at it later. JUST SIGN THERE!”

Just reflect – if you were buying a house, would you really sign the contract with the same level of information as when you sign an IEP?

Remember the elephant in the room.

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