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What is the point?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by zannar, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. zannar

    zannar New commenter

    Our first of termly parent consultations. Once again I repeat myself (same class as last year). Once again I get the nods and glazed expressions. Once again I repeat the need to practise spellings and times tables. Once again I suggest fun activities, independent ways of practising and fun websites. Once again I hear the words, "what can I do at home?". Once again I mention behaviour and get the reply, "oh yes he's like that at home it drives me mad." or "I was the same at school." Once again I explain the higher expectations of the new curriculum. Once again I explain that the expectations for the term are sent home in different books. Once again I tell them how to access the new curriculum on the web or the school website. Once again I tell them that their children need to become more responsible for their own learning and behaviour (as I see them carrying their children's bags out of the room .) Once again I go home late, think I have wasted my time and complete my normal end of day work 2 hours later than normal.
    What is the point?
    TEA2111 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Makes you wonder sometimes doesn't it?
  3. zannar

    zannar New commenter

    Yep. Another one tonight. same thing!
  4. Camokidmommy

    Camokidmommy Established commenter

    I have mixed age class with 3 year groups, I know exactly what you mean!!! Deja vu, or what!?!
  5. lightningconductor

    lightningconductor New commenter

    If it's any help, I teach in the preparatory department of a high-achieving independent (though not one of the hoity-toity hyper-expensive private schools many people immediately imagine when an independent school is mentioned) and I quite often feel the same after talking to some parents. Like your parents, these are people who routinely ask, 'What can we do to support our child at home?' while simultaneously apparently ignoring our repeated requests to help them practise spellings and rehearse tables, to read with their child and encourage them to read extensively, and to back off from doing everything for their child (yes, bag carrying included). Many of their children, despite being presented with the fabulous opportunity of a small class and no disruptive pupils, need constant reminding that they need to listen carefully, work hard, learn what they are taught and, most of all, think! I still have children in my Y6 class who struggle to respond to simple maths questions such as, 'What is 7 x 2?' rapidly!
    I don't want to paint an overly negative view of my school (because I love it and almost all of the children are lovely, despite their faults) but I do hope it reassures you that even those schools that eventually achieve 'fabulous' GCSE and A level results have parents like those you describe.
    After all, isn't it the school's job to educate children?
  6. zannar

    zannar New commenter

    Glad its not just me.:)
  7. thehawk

    thehawk Occasional commenter

    One of my parents is a Specialist Teacher who we call in to deal with poor literacy skills. Her daughter is in my class and is a poor speller. She said "This school has never done anything to help my child's poor spelling". This may, of course, be true, but considering she is the leading expert in the county on it, I would have thought she might have done something herself, as her child is now in Year 6.
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