Justine Roberts

Parents’ view: an evening to remember

Parents' evenings can be frustrating for parents, with precious little time for discussion if teachers report major issues concerning their children

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When it comes to feeling irrationally furtive, parents’ evening is second only to going through the Nothing to Declare channel at customs. The characteristic school smells of floor polish and PE kits, coupled with the sudden presence of the headteacher in her best suit, can have fully grown adults anxiously searching their consciences within seconds. And that’s before you sit down to discover that your pride and joy has been writing swear words on their neighbour’s worksheets.

Once your children are at secondary, parents’ evening often means a tightly timetabled dash around the hall – a format ...

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