The other side of the story Remember that teachers, like students, thrive on encouragement.
If your child likes the teacher and rates them, tell them so.
If you feel as though you’re on show, I have every sympathy.
Parents’ evenings involve a series of brisk encounters at small tables, rather like speed dating, only more nerve-racking, as the current form of your bloodline is estimated against nationally agreed norms.
Now that the academic year is up and running, I am turning my attention to this term’s parents’ evenings.
But now it’s time to wipe the smile off your face and listen to your child’s teachers giving the unvarnished truth about their punctuality, approach to learning, quality of homework and – deep breath – ability.Having expressed sincere thanks for this all-too-personal appraisal, you emerge from the background noise for a cup of industrial-strength school tea: the last test of your stamina before escaping home.I believe parents’ evenings can and should be enjoyable as well as informative, regardless of whether the child is a superstar or the cause of repeated eye rolling.Make the most of your time Before you go, make a note of any comments you have or any questions you would like to ask each teacher.Good ones are: does my child show genuine interest in the subject? It’s also a good idea to ask your child if there are questions they would like to ask. If you learn that your child is not working as hard as he/she might, resist the temptation to ask defensively why you have not been told before.But running, skiing, tennis, dancing and cycling were also rated highly.