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Student Led Conferences

For years Parents’ Evenings have been the primary means of parent-teacher communication. We consider these to be very important, which is why we have them for students from Year 9 upwards. However, some schools are trying something new – a Student-Led Conference (SLC). Student Led Conferences operated for the first time at Stanley Park High in the 2014-2015 academic year for students in Years 7 and 8, with responses from our students and teachers indicating that they were a big success. Similarly, returns from the parental questionnaire below demonstrate an equally positive picture.

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Agree or Strongly Agree

Before the conference I would have preferred a ‘traditional’ parents' evening.

18%

44%

29%

9%

62%

I knew what to expect of this process.

20%

55%

19%

6%

75%

My child was well prepared.

50%

47%

2%

1%

97%

My child led the conference rather than the teacher.

75%

24%

1%

0%

99%

I understand what my child has been learning in each subject.

52%

46%

1%

1%

98%

I was surprised by the level of detail in the information my child told me.

48%

44%

7%

1%

92%

I felt that my child addressed both positive and negative points.

50%

45%

5%

0%

95%

I am pleased with my child’s progress.

52%

43%

3%

2%

95%

My child was able to set out SMART targets.

40%

50%

7%

3%

90%

The process made me proud of my child.

73%

25%

1%

1%

98%

This will make it easier to discuss school and learning with my child.

53%

41%

5%

1%

94%

Overall this was a positive experience.

63%

35%

1%

1%

98%

After the conference I would have preferred a "traditional" parents' evening.

12%

19%

37%

32%

31%

I would recommend this process to friends/ colleagues.

47%

44%

7%

2%

91%

 

Why the positivity? There are many reasons, but fundamentally a Student Led Conference places the student at the centre of the conversation, rather than at the periphery. Each of the conferences, which are held in February, involves the student, the parent/s and the tutor. Students do most of talking. Students show their learning in books and portfolios, as well as in things they have made. Students themselves describe things they have done well, things they have done less well and how they can improve.

More details about Student Led Conferences can be found in the two documents below.

The Parent Role in Student Led Conferences
Year 8 SLC Leaflet
Year 8 SLC Letter

Booking for 2017

Booking online opens for Year 8 Student Led Conferences on Monday 30th January at 7.30pm and closes on Monday 6th February at midnight.

Appointments will be made using the online booking system.

1. Please go to the link below and enter the details that are requested.

parents-booking.co.uk/stanleypark

2. Click on:

  • Student Led Conferences Y7
  • Student Led Conferences Y8

Please click on the teacher’s name and an appointment sheet for that teacher will be displayed.

3. You are able to click on any available slot. Please then click ‘Make a booking’ to confirm this slot. If there are any particular issues you wish to discuss, you are able to state these before you make your booking.

4. Once you have made your appointment, you are able to print off or email details to yourself using the icons at the top of the screen. The system will only email to the address we have on our records. If we do not have an email address for you on our system, you will not be able to email to yourself.