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There are many things that schools are now doing, that previous to the pandemic, we’d have never dreamed of doing. Split lunchtimes, blended learning, staggered starts and ends to the day are just a few that spring to mind. However, even though you’d have been laughed at for suggesting some of these strategies 12 months ago, we are beginning to find some unexpected benefits from some of the ‘new normal’. One of these new strategies that has been receiving some significant positive feedback from both parents and teaches is online parents’ evenings.
Having been unable to hold the traditional style parents’ evenings this term due to current restrictions, schools and trusts like ours have been trialling the use of Google Meet and other video meeting platforms to take these traditional and potentially stressful events online. Early indications are that feedback is extremely positive and that in many ways this new approach is far more beneficial to both parents and teachers.
If you’re not doing it already, here’s a thread of 10 reasons why as a profession, we shouldn’t go back to traditional ways when it comes to parents’ evenings…
So, if you haven’t already experimented with online parents’ evening – give it a go! Like many things we have learnt during this period, you may look back and wonder why we weren’t always doing it this way.
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