Do I have a legal right to see teachers at parents' evening?

(80 Posts)
spababe Tue 20-Nov-12 14:21:03

The school has a computerised booking system and DS handed me a letter late and all the slots for some teachers had gone I emailed the school but they have just said the teachers I can't get slots with will email me. I think if there are more parents requesting slots than there are slots they should stay later or put on a second evening to create more slots. I have tried phoning the head of year (twice) and she never returns my calls.

alreadytaken Sat 24-Nov-12 09:28:26

I have a parents evening coming up. This thread prompted me to think "must I go"........ then I discovered I'd agreed to it in the home school agreement. Oh well - I want to thank one, possibly with a bottle of wine, so I guess he'll be happy to see me.

Celticlassie Sat 24-Nov-12 11:37:11

Bunbaker, Can you get her to do it a bit at a time, rather than all in one go, or is there not even enough for that? I only really give weekly homework to my first years (11 - 12yo) as I find it a lot easier to organise if I get it in on the same day every week, but I always tell them to do it early and check it over for mistakes a couple of days later to learn to pick up their own mistakes.

Bunbaker Sat 24-Nov-12 13:08:31

I have just checked in DD's planner. she should get 10 minutes per hour taught so that means she should get 30 minutes maths homework a week - which is probably once a week. She found today's homework easy and did it in 15 minutes - and got it all right.

spababe Fri 30-Nov-12 16:03:42

I did go and I did see all the teachers in the end. Some of them I didn't have appointments for but waited until they were free and no other parents seemed to be waiting and politely asked.
Despite having no 'issues' to discuss (and I really don't think parents evening should be all about problems!) I found out some interesting information about setting in Maths which explained things to me, My DC had an invitation to a closed club only for g&t in a subject, I was able to put some faces to names, teachers told me the same thing across different subjects so I know where improvements can be made. I was very conscious not to take more than my fair share of time with each teacher bearing in mind what all the teachers had written on here. The whole thing was over for parents and teachers by 6pm
Also, just to say, quite a few other parents were complaining about lack of availability of appointments.

ByTheWay1 Fri 30-Nov-12 16:25:33

Our school does it a bit differently - the mentor group tutor arranges to see every parent - at a time which is convenient to both him and us during the month before parents evening - and will set up meetings for any teachers who want to meet the parent or parents who want to meet specific teachers.

It was an absolute joy - if we want to we can see individual teachers, but we felt no need after a summary by the tutor.

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