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As a parent governor, we're trying to use informal meet-ups & digital tools to support learning & prepare better for parents evenings

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I'm parent governor at a creative secondary school where students come from all over London so there's no local parent community. We're aiming to increase communication about teaching & learning, and wider school issues, by using online tools (the school's own website and a Facebook group). We're also increasing informal parent-teacher meet-ups for more socialising, sharing news and opportunities, with a real emphasis on mutuality.  Hopefully, this will have influence on the 'parent-teacher conferences' in turn, which are very formulaic. Teachers have to repeat basic information 20-40 times, that the child/student already knows, and we have little time to ask questions. Much better would be more like a careers fair or surgery set-up where parents/students can get information on paper (if not beforehand), challenges for learning could be made visual such as in posters, and informal conversations can focus on what is really needed. 

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Increase informal parent forum meetings. Make parent-teacher conferences more like fairs, with preparatory material sent out, with visual material to pick up, motivating challenges in posters etc. Conversations respond more to needs.

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Photo of Clint Heitz

Bridget - I can certainly see areas of your idea that could enhance the one I have in the selection process. If you'd be willing, I would greatly appreciate your support for Guideposts to Success by heading to the post and leaving a positive evaluation, as well as suggestions to grow the idea even more! Thank you!

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