'Parents evenings' explained

Ref: C3530092

This course is to enable parents of primary aged children to understand more fully about their children's progress at school. It will explain how children are assessed in reading, writing and maths through looking at specific vocabulary and phrases that are used by teachers in primary schools today. Learners will look more closely at the types of questions parents should be asking class teachers when meeting with them, and practice asking and answering them in a role play scenario. The second part of the session will focus on end of year school reports allowing learners to understand more clearly about their children's progress and attainment. This course will help you to build a closer relationship with your child's teacher and help you be more actively involved in their learning journey. It will also help you to support your child at school more effectively.

Course aim

To prepare learners for a parent/ teacher meeting at their child's school in order to understand more clearly about their child's progress and how they can support them with this.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with little spoken English

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Ask and answer questions more confidently about my children's learning
  • Understand what the levels mean for children's attainment in reading, writing and maths in English primary schools.
  • Recognise and understand certain words and phrases teacher use when talking about children's progress in school
  • Have increased confidence to speak to your child's class teacher about their progress
  • Be more involved in your children's education and have a clearer idea of how you can support them

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • If you could read over or even bring in an old school report for your child from a previous year. If you can highlight any language you are unclear of we can look at what this means in the session.

What can I do next?

  • Developing a closer relationship with your child's teacher could give you the confidence you need to be more involved in the school community.

Download full course information sheet

'Parents evenings' explained


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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