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challenging a school report?

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stuffitlllama Tue 21-Jul-09 15:35:23

Can you do this? How do you do this? Unfair report has been received by a Y4 child that I know and the parents are not happy.

hana Tue 21-Jul-09 15:42:03

schools normally offer the chance for parents to go in and have a chat with the teacher when reports go out - did they take this up?

as far as 'challenging it', that seems a bit extreme? certainly if facts are incorrect they should be changed, would be harder to change subjective personal comments

sunburntats Tue 21-Jul-09 15:43:24

i did.
Made an appointment with the teacher in question and the head.

wrote down my points and discussed them with them.

"disapointed by the lack of commitment to his school work".....he was 4 ffs.
That was just one of the comments!

They didnt re write it, nor change it but i felt better getting my opinion across.

It was the injustice that i could not swallow. It was the misunderstanding of ds by these professionals. Then the labelling from there on in.

We have had to fight his corner over and over.
we do this constructively and calmly. got much more out of them.
good luck!

Hulababy Tue 21-Jul-09 15:43:47

Has school broken up or not?

Were the reports handed out prior to school breaking up, and did parents not have chance to go in once recieved?

If not it will have to wait til September. They need to make an appointment to speak with the teacher to discuss (rather than challenge initially) the contents of the report.

stuffitlllama Tue 21-Jul-09 16:14:51

Thanks hana and hulababy, a meeting has been had, there was squirming by teachers. But it won't be changed. I think there should be some procedure to require a parent's challenge to be noted, or comments added? Maybe there isn't.

Sunburnt, good luck to you to, that's exactly the sort of thing that's being contended with. It's an injustice and a label.

I'm quite sure the parents are in the right on this one. But not sure how far they can go.

noideawhereIamgoing Tue 21-Jul-09 19:15:38

What real difference will it make - will the Yr 5 teacher not make up her/his on mind.

You have my sympathy - I got all hot and bothered about dd's school report last year, in the end it mattered not...her new teacher made her own assessments and formed her own opinions and I don't expect anyone will look at a report that's more than a few months old.

hippipotamiHasLost49lbs Tue 21-Jul-09 19:18:07

At ds's school we get given a comments sheet alongside the report. If you have any comments or complaints you write them on teh sheet. A meeting is held and the comments/complaints discussed. And the sheet is filed alongside the report so your complaints are 'on record' so to speak. But I have never heard of a report being changed.

And yes, the child's new teacher will make his/her mind up about the child for him/herself.

sayithowitis Wed 22-Jul-09 10:40:51

You should certainly be given the opportunity to meet with either the teacher or headteacher to discuss the report, however, I wouldn't expect them to change their comments unless a factual error has been made. Some parents do not like to read that their child is not the wonderchild they believe him/her to be. Sadly, it really is true that the child you wave off at the school gate is not always the child that arrives in school. I know that my own two were absolute hoprrors at home grin yet were considered to be angels by their teachers. I often wondered whether we were talking about the same children. Unfortunately it also works in reverse, where the wonderful son or daughter turns into a nightmare in school. Would you rather the teachers lied about it? At least when you know the truth, there is a chance to work together with teachers to improve a situation.

elliepac Wed 22-Jul-09 10:51:25

I did. This wasn't a challenge about a report but a parent's meeting when DS was in nursery.

Had never had any complaints from his teacher, they all seemed to like him etc.etc.

Went to the parent's appointment and was met with a brick wall of negative comments about my son. He couldn't do this (recognise high frequency words), he couldn't do that (recognise all common shapes, a pentagon for ffs sake many adults would struggle ) and couldn't do the other (concentrate for more than 5 mins, he was THREE). It was a very negative meeting which told me nothing about how what kind of boy he was, was he happy, did he mix well with other children?

Now, as a teacher myself I recognise us parents can sometimes refuse to see what is right in front of us but as far as I was are tat nursery it should have been about playing and learning to interact with others and I certainly wasn't expecting a tirade of negative comments. SHe didn't tell me one thing my sone could do well. He was 3 and the youngest in the class (late aug birthday). Needless to say, when he went into reception and got a positive teacher he took off!

I went to see the Headteacher, who was quite shocked about what I had experience and said the teacher concerned would be spoken to and I thyink she was because I was persona non grata from that moment on as far as she was concerned grin.

Can you tell this stil makes my blood boil, 2 years down the line grin

If you feel you have a genuine grievance you should contact the headteacher.

I made an appointment to see the

elliepac Wed 22-Jul-09 10:53:23

see, it still makes me so mad i type like a numpty.

As far as I was aware at nursery..

And apologies for random sentence at the end blush

stuffitlllama Wed 22-Jul-09 11:20:19

Thanks all. I think the parents should have what hippo had -- that sounds like a great system.

No, I know the parents are not wrong about this! They have a realistic view but there is 90 pc negativity about a high achieving, high contributing, normally behaved child.

I think it may be the head next.

Thank you for your experiences, there is salutary reading.

lilackaty Thu 23-Jul-09 11:43:35

Have the parents been to see the teacher who wrote the report? The report should have been read by the head as well so he/she obviously read it and didn't disagree either. How do you know the parents are not wrong? Do you teach the child too?

stuffitlllama Thu 23-Jul-09 11:57:02

No, I don't teach the child. But I do know this.

It was not a successful meeting smile which is an understatement.

Anyway thanks -- I think they will just try to get something "on record" that they consider it unfair.

hocuspontas Thu 23-Jul-09 12:13:19

Couldn't recognise HFW at 3!!

That would be hilarious if it wasn't so ridiculous shock

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