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This’ll never work!

Sometimes in this job I come across the most unadulterated, impractical, radical ideas.

Like this one:

Imagine being a Year 7 parent, and turning up for a parent/ teacher interview. And the first think a teacher says to you is, ‘What can you tell me about your child?’ And then listens to what you have to say. And writes notes!

What kind of a fantasy land is this, where parents and teachers communicate about children? When I think about my own school, and the poorly attended parent/ teacher evenings, I can see that such a radical move could only discourage parents from attending. I mean, isn’t the purpose of parent/ teacher evenings that teachers lecture parents, telling them what they’ve already read in their children’s reports?

Unworkable, unsustainable. Where do these ridiculous ideas come from?

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