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Ten parents evenings a year - this is fucking stupid!

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10istoomany Tue 23-Apr-19 20:11:00

It's infuriating because the logistics it causes me in childcare is horrendous, but aside from which it is surely not reasonable?

The problem is that the PE doesn't technically start until 4:30 and goes on until 6:30, so two hours, but there's an hour and a half of trapped time in there.

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dementedpixie Tue 23-Apr-19 20:33:12

10! Are you a secondary school teacher? Is that 2 a year for each age group?

10istoomany Tue 23-Apr-19 20:34:50

Yes, that's exactly it!

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olivo Tue 23-Apr-19 20:58:39

Is it in place of reports? I would prefer this to the hours and hours spent writing reports, but the logistics for younger children are hideous!

dementedpixie Tue 23-Apr-19 21:21:09

We get tracking reports which are just essentially box ticking with no written comments. I think we only get 1 parents night in secondary whereas at primary we had 2

Lenny1987 Tue 23-Apr-19 21:57:25

I'm going back to work after maternity in June in secondary teaching and this does worry me. I sympathise, as I know we have even more. 7 year groups, all have one, 2 each for both sixth form years, a year 7 social parents evening, at least 2 pastoral parents evenings a year. All start at 5, meant to end at 8 but never do. shock
That's before we go down the each year group gets a report a term, and prixegivings etc.

MsRabbitRocks Tue 23-Apr-19 22:02:42

I’m Secondary and I have 8 (inc year 9 options eve) and not including Open Evenings, as I teach every year group. This is not in place of written reports. I feel your pain OP. My last one of the academic year is next week though so there is light at the end of the tunnel! (For now!!)

10istoomany Wed 24-Apr-19 05:52:41

I forgot about y7 meet the parents and prizegiving, aka clap like a seal for 2 hours

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AuditAngel Wed 24-Apr-19 05:58:08

As a parent (2 at secondary and one at primary) i’d Like to say I really appreciate the time staff put in for parents evenings.

We get one per child at secondary, plus things like options evening, we have open day for potential students held on @ Saturday too.

shouldwestayorshouldwego Wed 24-Apr-19 06:17:13

That is getting crazy. A parent not a staff member but would the school entertain the idea of a (free to staff) creche? For staff only, obviously, either bring in a few nannies, overtime if you have any willing TAs or pick some sensible sixth formers. You could be allowed to collect from usual day care before 4.30 and then either collect at the end of parents evening or partner/ husband collect with a password. Still doesn't mitigate losing ten evenings a year, but might help with childcare rather than every teacher having to put together childcare.

mnistooaddictive Wed 24-Apr-19 06:33:38

Are you within your 1265 directed time budget? That includes the trapped time beforehand. If your school doesn’t have one, there is a calculator you can use.

chocatoo Wed 24-Apr-19 06:53:56

I’m not a teacher but I am a parent. At secondary level I see parents' evenings as the only way I have of talking to my child’s teachers and seeing how she is doing. I have always found them really informative and useful. I think they are a really important part of your job.

10istoomany Wed 24-Apr-19 18:02:06

And you don't know how to use a phone or email?

Look, how you find it as a parent isn't really my concern. My concern is that also AS A PARENT my own children are missing out because I have to garble crap for three hours!

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NellieBee Wed 24-Apr-19 18:25:05

I sympathised with you til your last post.

Marilla1966 Wed 24-Apr-19 18:28:49

As a parent and a teacher I had sympathy........then came your last post. 😩

10istoomany Wed 24-Apr-19 18:34:13

Because I got a bit pissed off with the "as a PARENT" crowd?

I am also a parent.

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noblegiraffe Wed 24-Apr-19 18:42:26

You need to look up your directed time budget because surely you’re over it!

We tried two parents evenings once and the second one was a waste of time. Said pretty much exactly the same things as the first, and a lot of parents didn’t bother showing.

10istoomany Wed 24-Apr-19 18:52:16

Yes, exactly giraffe, it was 53% attendance!

I think the school get away with it by having our working hours until 4.

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Piggywaspushed Wed 24-Apr-19 20:40:04

OP, that's so rude. As a teacher (who is also a parent) I find parents' evenings (ours are longer than yours) irksome and exhausting, but would rather not be told that instead parents can email me and phone me : that situation is bad enough as it is. But I also appreciate that parents want to meet their children's teachers,and cannot do this in the same way as they can when their DCs are younger.

Two per year group does seem extreme if it is not to split a large year group. You didn't answer whetherr this is instead of report writing?

Myusername2015 Wed 24-Apr-19 20:44:58

I can beat that. I teach 7-13 and we have two for each year group! 7-11 as we split the year half and two a year for both year 12 and 13. I’ve now got 5 parents evenings 5-8pm every Thursday for the next 5 weeks; adding in options evenings for 9 and 13; open evenings and ucas eves etc sometimes I wonder if I’m ever going to see my child. The joys.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 24-Apr-19 23:01:25

I quite like parents' evenings... I much prefer them to written reports.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 24-Apr-19 23:02:14

As a teacher, I feel compelled to add.

mineofuselessinformation Wed 24-Apr-19 23:14:34

We have two for year 7 and then one per year, except for year 12 when we invite parents in for students who are of concern, as well as the standard parent's evening.
I am also expected to attend for year 11 prom, prize evening for whole school, prize giving for whichever of year 12 or 13 I teach, as well as open evening for at least one of sixth form or year 7. That means up to 14 per year - and some of these (prom for example) are on a Friday which I really object to as I consider this family time.

minipie Wed 24-Apr-19 23:28:05

When are you going to respond to all the phone calls and emails you’d prefer instead of the parents’s evenings?

In the evenings??

agteacht Thu 25-Apr-19 00:03:41

Without meaning to create too much further debate, it's pretty normal to have to work late hours in most jobs, whether that be regularly or occasionally. It's in my view just part of being employed, regardless of career path.

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