Dates for Open Evenings & Termly Learning Conferences this Academic Year
Open Evening ~ Weds 15th Nov 2017
TLCs ~ w/c 20th & 27th Nov 2017
Open Evening ~ Thurs 8th March 2018
TLCs ~ w/c 12th & 19th March 2018
TLCs ~ w/c 2nd July 2018
Open (Family) Day ~ Fri 13th July
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Termly Learning Conferences
A Guide for Parents/Carers
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to attend TLC's?
Yes please. Our experience and feedback shows that the more parents/carers are involved in and understand how well their children are doing, the better they do!
What if I miss a TLC?
In cases of emergency, every effort will be made by the school to re-arrange it, subject to good use of teacher time.
What if I want to speak to the teacher on my own?
Additional opportunities may be made if you have something private to share with the teacher, otherwise it is hoped that everything will be shared with your child.
Can I bring younger/older siblings to the TLC?
We believe that the meeting will be most productive if it only involved the teacher, parents and pupil so would ask for siblings to be looked after where possible.
My child has special needs; will this be different for him/her?
It shouldn't be. TLCs comply with SEN regulations. However you may need an additional appointment so that other professionals can attend.
Your son's or daughter's learning will not only be the focus of the discussion but they will also be expected to contribute to the TLC by explaining their thoughts and feelings about their progress. They may share their successes and their difficulties.
This process will help in giving your child real ownership of their learning.
But what do I say, what do I do?
Finding Out. Ask questions like:
"Tell me how you did that?"
"What have you liked about this most?"
"Can you explain this?"
Use praise genuinely and linked to themes being discussed like:
"I think you have worked really well on your writing"
"That's a great effort at getting your sums right"
How can you help and support
"What can we do (together) to help you more?"
Remember to show that you are listening when your child is speaking.
Your son's or daughter's Teacher will form the final part of the TLC.
Their role will be to help you and your child keep your discussion on track around their learning, as well as to inform, advise and support you in this process.
The Government, Ofsted and leading educators are now emphasising the need for more personalised approaches to learning.
The Termly Learning Conference is one of our key strategies in putting more emphasis upon you and your child's involvement in the conversation about their learning. This gives your child more involvement, participation and awareness in their own learning journey, which is seen as being at the heart of personalised learning.
You form part of a three-way discussion called a Termly Learning Conference
The more involved you are with your child in discussing their learning and how they are doing, the more supported and encouraged they will feel to progress their learning.
Don't worry about subject knowledge; you don't need to know the subjects that your child is learning.
This discussion is about celebrating and discussing some of the processes of learning, like:
having a go,
trial and error,
You will also be involved in discussing the following:
planning next steps
targets and goals.