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Meet the parents

To get the best from your pupils, it’s essential to establish a positive relationship with mums, dads and guardians right from the off, says Keziah Featherstone

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I’d finished talking to a Year 10 girl and her mum about her progress in my English class for the allotted seven minutes at my first parents’ evening before it became clear that I didn’t even teach her: it was a case of mistaken identity. To be fair, I was very wet behind the ears. Both mum and student were very nice about it, though – I think they just wanted to know where the real English teachers were.

Teachers and parents can be very suspicious of one another at first. Children have a sixth sense and will pick up on this so, unless you’re careful, they will play you and their parents off ...

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