DD is in Yr1, all parents evenings up until now I have found my questions on her progress brushed off with a vague she's fine don't worry comment. What kind of things are important at this stage? Obviously reading and Math's, anything else? Is there anything specific results wise I could ask to gauge how she's doing?
I am not a parent (quite yet) but over the years the main sorts of questions parents ask me are things like.. how is he/she in comparison to rest of class. To be honest I find a lot of parents spend the time telling me about home difficulties/behaviour advice and I support but try and get back on track to curriculum topics/progress though respect their need for support/reassurance.
I think you don't have to get questions ready but if there is anything the teacher says you don't fully understand ask for further clarity.
You could ask what are their strengths/challenges, how are they at making friends, confidence but it is not totally necessary.
I always like parents asking what can they do at home in addition to formal homework.
Yep. NC levels are bench marks- pretty crude ones, it's true, but bench marks. And it's very easy to google where a child "should" be at any age. Teachers should know where each of their pupils are at any time, NCwise, and if thy are prepared to share that information with parents, it's a pretty good indicator that they are comfortable with th way they do assessments, will be happy to answer questions about next steps, and even to be challenged a bit. It's handing a bit of power to the parents- many professionals in all fields like to keep things close to their chests- and tachrs are no exception! Does that make sense?
Kind of. It just feels a bit odd. She's my child, and I want to know exactly how she's doing so that I can help where needed. The lack of info seems incongruous with what should be a joint goal of helping the child? Or am I missing something?