What the teachers say;Opinion

22nd May 1998 at 01:00
John Collins, acting head of Eaglesfield secondary, Greenwich, London: "If reports have gone out beforehand, all parents' evenings are doing is reiterating what the reports say.

"Parents need meaningful information they can use to help them move their children further forward. Often what they are interested in is how is my child doing, how is he doing in comparison to other children, what does he need to do in order to do better."

Ben Hayes, Latin and history teacher at Cantell secondary school, Southampton: "What they are proposing in theory is good, but it is in isolation of all the other aspects of education. We are also being told to improve our results and attendance, as well as reporting.

"If people are asked to do something they can't do properly , they will resent the process and it's not going to be constructive."

Stephen Armstrong, head of Wembley high Brent, London: "We do perhaps need to look creatively at what times and systems are most convenient for parents' evenings. A hurried five-minute interview with the next parent in the queue breathing down your neck may not be the best way of holding parental consultations. But if you believe in an active three-way partnership, you need to find a way for parents to play their part."

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