Reporting to Parents

The National Standards give teachers, your child and you a clear idea of where your child is at in reading, writing and maths and what they have to do next in their learning.


Teachers will continue to use many different ways to find out where your child is at (OTJ - Overall Teacher Judgement). This includes:

  • Using a range of tests

  • Observing students in the classroom

  • Talking and conferencing with students

  • Students self-assessing their learning and setting next steps

It is important to remember that students start at different points and progress at different rates.  Some students will need more time and work towards the expected standard.  


Timing of Reports

Teachers will report in writing twice a year, mid year (progress report) and at the end of the year(anniversary report).  Students will receive a progress report which assesses the students progress towards the standards, and an anniversary report which asses achievement against the standard.


Anniversary Reporting Year1-3

We are reporting on students’ time at school, rather than calendar years – traditionally in June and December.

The National Standards benchmarks have a clear expected timeframe to them. They are:

  • After 1 year at school

(40 school weeks – around their 6th birthday)

  • After 2 years at school

(80 school weeks – around their 7th birthday)

  • After 3 years at school

(120 school weeks – around their 8th birthday)

We will be using these time frames to report.

  • An anniversary report around your child’s birthday

  • A progress report in between at 20 weeks, 60 weeks, and 100 weeks.

Note: Year 4 Only

There will be some children in Year 4, at mid year will receive an anniversary report (120 weeks at school -  after 3 Years) because it is the closest anniversary of them completing 3 full years at school.  At the end of that same year those children will receive and End Year 4 Anniversary Report.


Types of Reports

  • Written Progress report - with a Student-Led Conference

  • Written Anniversary report - End of year summary report -

Teachers will record next steps for your child if they are below the standard, otherwise a copy of ‘How You Can Help At Home’ parent handout can be found on our web page under ‘Parents’.


Student-Led Conferences

The development of Student Led Conferences has been influenced by Professor John Hatties’s latest research published in his book Visible Learning.  He has researched the top 100 inventions that lead to great student achievement.  Developing student’s ability to talk about their progress and learning comes near the top of his list.

We believe students need to be able to answer questions like;

How am I going?

Where am I learning at?

What is my next learning step?


The purpose of Student Led Conferences is to put the student in the driving seat to share their learning with their parents or caregivers.  Teachers are encouraging students to take more ownership over their learning, knowing they will be sharing their progress and learning with their parents.  Teachers will be present to support and prompt if necessary.

  • To encourage students to accept personal responsibility for their academic performance taking ownership of their learning.


  • To teach students the process of self-evaluation and setting next steps

  • To facilitate the development of students’ managing self and participating and contributing,

  • To encourage collaboration between students, parents and teachers through sharing students personalised e-learning plans (PLP),reflection books, bookwork and devices. (whenever, wherever learning).


The Student Led Conferences are a celebration of learning.  If you have a behavioural concern or matters you would like to discuss directly with your child’s teacher, a time outside of the Student Led Conference needs to be arrange


Preparing for Student-led Conferences

As the student:-

  • Is your PLP current and up to date and provides specific evidence of your learning?

           

  • Do you know your current levels/stages of learning?

  • Do you know what your next steps for learning are in;

literacy (reading age, writing level, spelling age)

numeracy (basic facts level, numeracy stage) and where to next.

As the teacher:-

  • Have you prepared students adequately for their role prior to the conference?

  • Allow students to share what they can do first.  SLC written reports will have the next steps to learning recorded.  Be positive and praise achievements of your students.  There should be no surprises for the parents as if you have had a concern you would have already spoken with them.

  • Remember to assist students in answering any questions they may find difficult.

  • Record on the SLC written report any parent feedback.  A copy of the SLC written progress report will be sent home to the parents.

  • The SLC report templates will be found in doc under the Assessment folder.

As the parent:-

  • To encourage students and parents to collaborate through the sharing of personalised learning plans.

  • To develop positive home partnerships.

  • A parent pamphlet is available for parents.