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For students in years 7-11, we run Academic Mentoring Day (AMD) twice per year. These are our form of parent evening. They run during the day and through to approximately 7:30pm. Coaches have 20 minute slots with each student in their coaching group and their parent/carer.
The fundamental difference between AMD and a traditional parent evening is that the responsibility is on the student, not the teacher, to account for student performance, conduct and effort through the year.
Students prepare for this in advance with their Coach and use a booklet to help them to assess how they have done and what the key issues for discussion are. The Coach supports and prompts but the focus is on the child to evaluate their learning and share this with their parent.
This is done intentionally to ensure that students understand the implications of being responsible for their learning and the behaviours which either support or detract from their work in class.
Students in years 7 and 8 keep blogs throughout the year and they should be saving their best polished pieces of work on these. They will talk their parent through this work as part of the AMD process.
For students in Key Stage 4, their booklet supports them in thinking through each of their subjects in turn and reflecting on how they are doing; it focuses their conversation with their parent clearly on evaluating progress/success in each examined subject.
During the January AMD, students in year 8 also meet with senior staff to select their options with their parent. Documentation and information is sent out in advance and 1:1 conversations are had with every family to support appropriate choices.
These are also held during Year 11 to ensure that parents are able to see key teaching staff in the lead up to GCSE preparation.
Year 12 and 13 also have parent evenings each year – two for Year 12 and one for Year 13.