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Would you choose your child's teacher if you could?

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BonsoirAnna Fri 24-Jul-09 09:25:41

If your child were at a large school with several parallel classes, would you (school permitting) make a request for a particular teacher for your child, or would you leave it up to the school?

BadgersArse Fri 24-Jul-09 09:26:38

I dont know how you would have the information to be able to judge which teacher is best tbh, unless you have been in the classroom.

BadgersArse Fri 24-Jul-09 09:27:06

( or become a governor and only employ good ones?!)

sassy Fri 24-Jul-09 09:31:32

More important for child to be in class with friends, imo; especially in infant years.

BadgersArse Fri 24-Jul-09 09:32:08

yes, that is a good point too.

FranSanDisco Fri 24-Jul-09 09:32:46

Assume this would mean child moves class or are you requesting for the whole class, in which case how do other parents views get taken into account. At dc's school rather made Grandmother threatened to take her gdc's out of school if either one got a particular teacher. This teacher taught ds this year and is fab. Her gds has this teacher from september and lots of mums are LOL. I reckon she'll try and get him a transfer to another class though hmm.

BonsoirAnna Fri 24-Jul-09 09:33:01

You would have the information from talking to other parents, with older children, of their experiences; and from observing the teachers in extra-curricular environments. Perhaps also from your child, who will have encountered the teachers at school.

BonsoirAnna Fri 24-Jul-09 09:33:34

The classes are mixed up every year completely and totally, so no, it doesn't mean a child "moves class".

FranSanDisco Fri 24-Jul-09 09:33:36

She is mad not made blush

BadgersArse Fri 24-Jul-09 09:34:10

Yes, its a bit hearsay though isnt it.
Not the best way to judge, hearsay AND hindsight and subjective....

ButterbeerAndLemon Fri 24-Jul-09 09:34:52

Probably only if I thought that there might be a major personality clash with one of the teachers but not another (having seen their teaching styles, etc.). But not otherwise.

FranSanDisco Fri 24-Jul-09 09:34:56

Is it standard practice to make requests?

BonsoirAnna Fri 24-Jul-09 09:35:05

Why is hearsay and hindsight and personal opinion not a good way to judge shock?

LynetteScavo Fri 24-Jul-09 09:35:53

If the school permitted it, yes I would indeed!

BadgersArse Fri 24-Jul-09 09:36:17

I know what you mean. What i would do is give it a whirl.
ds had the person percived to be the best teacher in the gaff this year and wasnt 100% bowled over, they are strange creatures, kids.

BonsoirAnna Fri 24-Jul-09 09:36:26

It's standard practice to make requests, and very clear requests are honoured as far as I can establish.

I am actually surprised that all parents don't bother, as then their children are disadvantaged versus the children whose parents bother to find out about the teachers and make requests based on personal affinity, teaching style etc.

BadgersArse Fri 24-Jul-09 09:37:15

Does the school not have a kind of agreed teachign style or ethos throughout though? This is the case at ours where they are all very very similar

LIZS Fri 24-Jul-09 09:38:13

Unless you have a very specific reason, no. If I'd realised what ds was going through in the equivalent of Reception I would have made a fuss to avoid a particular one but retrospect is a fine thing

BonsoirAnna Fri 24-Jul-09 09:38:15

I made a written request, in no uncertain terms (no messing with BonsoirAnna when she wants something!) and DD got the teacher I (and she) wanted.

I am now somewhat hmm with the parents who are whinging that their children haven't got the teacher they would have liked - and then admitting they didn't make a specific request!

BonsoirAnna Fri 24-Jul-09 09:39:30

No, on the contrary, it is a very large school and there are teachers with very different styles - the point being that children can then be orientated by parents or the school towards the teacher that best meets their needs. But of course, if parents are not fighting their child's ground, they don't get first priority!

LIZS Fri 24-Jul-09 09:40:03

Sounds like a recipe for chaos and unnecessary admin ! We use dot be able to nomiinate 3 friends of which they would try to keep pairs at least

BadgersArse Fri 24-Jul-09 09:40:21

Thats odd to me - like a free market?!Hmm, cant advise then.

LIZS Fri 24-Jul-09 09:40:26

Sounds like a recipe for chaos and unnecessary admin ! We used to be able to nominate 3 friends of which they would try to keep pairs at least.

LIZS Fri 24-Jul-09 09:41:11

oops - first posting came up in it script !

BonsoirAnna Fri 24-Jul-09 09:41:14

They have all-year meetings at the end of each year to do pupil allocation so it's no more chaotic and adminstrative if parents have stated a firm preference - in some way it makes the teachers' job a lot easier as it reduces the possibilities for each child.

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