Reporting to Parents

Reports:

The first document you receive is in February, and is your child’s first Goal Setting Document for the year. This is where your child records their Learning Goals and the Action Plans to achieve them, for the first six months of the year.

The second document you receive is in June/July, and is a mid-year report, which informs you of your child’s progress and achievement towards meeting the National Standards in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. It records your child’s achievements in Standardised Tests, and provides their reading age and maths stage.

The final document you receive is the end of year report, which informs you of your child’s progress and achievement against the National Standards in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, and will also summarise your child’s competencies in the other areas of the NZ Curriculum.


Learner-Led Learning Conferences:

There are two of these conferences each year - in February and in June.

A student led conference is a meeting run by the student and teacher in partnership, focused on the student’s recent learning. During the conference your child will share aspects of their learning and achievements they are proud of. Your child will begin by reflecting on the goals they set in February for the first half year, and finish by setting new goals and action plans for the second half year.

In between, there will be a focus on their achievement and progress in the core curriculum areas, some guidance on Next Step Learning recommendations from their teacher, and some shared reflections on your child’s achievements in each of the Key Competencies. There will also be some “hard data” shared. This is reliable achievement data that shows how your child is achieving in reading, writing and maths.


Developing students’ ability to talk about their learning and their progress makes a difference!

Professor John Hattie (formerly University of Auckland) recently published a revised list of the most effective influences on student achievement which identifies student self-reporting as a most significant indicator linked to raised student achievement.


Two other international researchers, Black & Wiliam further comment, ‘If the focus is to be kept on learning, and the ownership of the learning with the child, then the best person to talk about the learning is the learner ... Not only is the student the best person to tell their parents what they have learnt, but if we believe that students build their knowledge by communicating what they know, then providing an opportunity for the students to tell their family what they know can significantly assist with that learning.' Absolum, (2006)


Research also shows parental involvement in schools and classrooms has a positive impact on children’s learning. (Bastiani; Epstein) 


In helping to strengthen the

partnership between the learner, the teacher and the parent, we believe student led conferences promote some ways learning can also be supported at home. This is a key goal in the introduction of National Standards in NZ schools. 


Some ways to Support Learning Conferences:

At the conference

Come with your child

Listen to your child share


After the conference:

Continue to celebrate your child’s successes and support their goals



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