Parents' evenings are an important means of connecting the home and the school at all points in a child’s education--along with achievement reports, regular contact with teachers and other forms of communication.
Parents evenings at The Charter School East Dulwich are scheduled to run for three hours in Key Stage 3 and four hours in Key Stages 4 and 5. In Key Stage 3, parents’ evenings allow a teacher to see a full class of 25 students for five minutes each and to take a five minute break. The School has compared this practice with Good and Outstanding secondary schools, both locally and more widely. While arrangements obviously vary at the margin, the school has found its practice to be in-line with those schools.
The School provides priority access to parents’ evenings for its most vulnerable students. Specifically, parents whose children are Disadvantaged or have Additional Needs are given priority booking privileges. This provision is set out in our Pupil Premium Strategy and is consistent with our statutory duties towards these students. This practice was specifically celebrated by Children North East in its 2020 ‘Poverty Proofing’ review of the School. Other parents are therefore seen on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.
The School fully recognises that the constraints above mean that parents are unlikely to be able to meet with all of their child(ren)’s subject teachers in Key Stage 3. Experience suggests that this fits with most parents’ preference. We would recommend that parents of younger children prioritise meeting with their child(ren)’s English, Mathematics and Science teachers and perhaps three other teachers based on individual preference. These challenges are addressed in Key Stages 4 and 5 when the smaller number of subjects studied typically allows for meetings with all teachers.
Book here: Charter East Dulwich Parents' Evening
Please note that meetings will be five minutes long, with a strict cut-off in order to allow teachers to be able to see all their students.