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Is there any advice on effective subject consultation evening conversations? We relay advice from our experts on holding subject-specific parents' evening conversations. We also link to resources from Tes on having conversations at parents’ evenings.

Schools use many terms for parent consultations. In this article we refer to parents' evenings and subject consultation evenings.

Effective subject consultation evening conversations: expert advice

One of our members asked for advice for staff on conducting effective conversations at subject consultation evenings.

We put this question to three of our associate education experts, Clio Whittaker, Gareth Balch and Malcolm Groves.

Prepare for the meeting

All three of our experts said that staff should have subject-specific information prepared, such as:

  • A course overview
  • Expectations
  • Assessment frameworks
  • Text books
  • Other resources

Malcolm said that staff should identify clear positives and areas for development for each pupil before the meeting.

Clio said that staff should also be aware of any circumstances in the

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