Diary of an NQT: My first parents’ evening

With mock exam results published, our NQT diarist is bracing himself for some focused and perhaps difficult conversations during his first parents’ evening…in SecEd

I recently attended my first parents’ evening as a qualified teacher. During my ITT year, I had shadowed my host teachers at a couple of parents’ evenings to observe good practice, but this was the first time that I had met my students’ parents on my own.

The parents’ evening was for year 11 students and came a few weeks after they had received their mock exam results. Some of my students had done very well in their exam, but others were disappointed with their outcomes.

I decided to discuss the exam results individually with each student in the lesson prior to parents’ evening. During an assessment feedback session, I asked the class to rewrite the exam questions that they had struggled with. While they did this, I spent a few minutes alone with each student discussing what they needed to do to progress further and improve their grade.

This preparatory dialogue with my students was invaluable. It meant that I was able to give personalised feedback to their parents regarding their performance in the exam, while also allowing the students to ask questions and raise any concerns that they had. In addition, I asked each student whether they had revised hard enough for the exam, and several admitted that they hadn’t.

The parents’ evening was a long, tiring but very enjoyable experience. It was lovely to meet the parents after teaching their children for a term, and I was heartened to discover how uniformly supportive they were of both their children and the school. Several parents commented that their children were enjoying my lessons, which was nice to hear.

When discussing how my students can improve their grades, I highlighted our department’s intervention plans in the coming months. This will include providing students with free revision guides as well as running regular after-school sessions focusing specifically on improving their exam technique. We will also have another assessment in early February which will give us a clearer picture of how the students are progressing and whether the interventions are working.

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