Showing posts from September, 2013

How to Improve Reporting to Parents

The practice of issuing an annual "chequebook" style set of reports to the parents of high school students seems well past its sell-by date to me.  Surely modern communications offer opportunities for more flexible, timely feedback to parents and students. Having said that, I think we could improve reports overnight by adopting a few simple rules: no more "Joe is a clever boy / Joe is very able/ Joe is a hardworking pupil / Joe is conscientious" comments.  These represent ego-centred feedback, and undermine resilience; no more "If Joe works hard he will make good progress" comments.  This is obviously true of all students to some extent, and so provides no information to parents and learners. " What rules would you add to this list?