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Have your say: Are parents' evening home visits a good idea?

The Argus: Have your say: Are parents' evening home visits a good idea? Have your say: Are parents' evening home visits a good idea?

A school in Brighton is introducing home visits for parents' evening.

Longhill School says the move is in response to low attendance at evenings based at the school.

Instead teachers do door-to-door visits of those parents who could not make the school event.

We want to know what you think.

If you are a parent would you like a teacher coming round to your house?

If you are a teacher do you think it is a good idea to visit parents at their home?

Perhaps fines or other measures should be introduced to make sure parents attend the evenings?

Have your say below.

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10:04am Fri 21 Mar 14

sharemyschool says...

I think to ask the teachers to do this is a lot.... Maybe in some cases but generally to expect a teacher (who already works probably 16 hours a day) to then take the time to visit homes is ridiculous.

There is a reason that teachers are leaving the profession... This will just exacerbate the problem.
I think to ask the teachers to do this is a lot.... Maybe in some cases but generally to expect a teacher (who already works probably 16 hours a day) to then take the time to visit homes is ridiculous. There is a reason that teachers are leaving the profession... This will just exacerbate the problem. sharemyschool
  • Score: 11

10:09am Fri 21 Mar 14

Gribbet says...

I think if I was a teacher I wouldn't feel very comfortable making house calls. Some parents don't take negative feedback on their children in the spirit it's intended, so you might end up with a few teachers going missing.
I think if I was a teacher I wouldn't feel very comfortable making house calls. Some parents don't take negative feedback on their children in the spirit it's intended, so you might end up with a few teachers going missing. Gribbet
  • Score: 12

10:34am Fri 21 Mar 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

I think it's a good idea but it is going to be very time consuming for an already over worked member of staff.

It would be a good idea for the headteacher to do it or the chair of governors IMO.

To see where the children live and their circumstances will also be enlightening to the teacher - it may give them some more idea of why some children are having problems at school.
I think it's a good idea but it is going to be very time consuming for an already over worked member of staff. It would be a good idea for the headteacher to do it or the chair of governors IMO. To see where the children live and their circumstances will also be enlightening to the teacher - it may give them some more idea of why some children are having problems at school. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 0

10:48am Fri 21 Mar 14

Notters_Seagull says...

If parents really can't be arsed to make time to go up to the school then why pander to them?!
If parents really can't be arsed to make time to go up to the school then why pander to them?! Notters_Seagull
  • Score: 10

12:02pm Fri 21 Mar 14

timfusciardi says...

Teachers won't have time to visit parents homes! In a time of emails and other technology, surely there could be other options such as a Skype call or even just a phone call. If parents are unable to attend due to timings then accommodate them. If they just don't turn up then these issues need to be dealt with on a one to one basis. Don't make teachers jobs even worse than they already are!
Teachers won't have time to visit parents homes! In a time of emails and other technology, surely there could be other options such as a Skype call or even just a phone call. If parents are unable to attend due to timings then accommodate them. If they just don't turn up then these issues need to be dealt with on a one to one basis. Don't make teachers jobs even worse than they already are! timfusciardi
  • Score: 6

12:10pm Fri 21 Mar 14

utternonsense says...

What a ridiculous idea like Gribbet said some parents don't take to kindly to hearing negative comments about there kids , honestly can see the assault on teacher cases rise if this happens . Also why can parents not make it to parents evening ? It's an important part of your childs education , I understand most parents work but work through your lunch and leave early , make the time up some other time maybe .
What a ridiculous idea like Gribbet said some parents don't take to kindly to hearing negative comments about there kids , honestly can see the assault on teacher cases rise if this happens . Also why can parents not make it to parents evening ? It's an important part of your childs education , I understand most parents work but work through your lunch and leave early , make the time up some other time maybe . utternonsense
  • Score: 6

12:16pm Fri 21 Mar 14

plumptonfandango says...

Hang on.... elsewhere on this site, we're debating why teachers are so well paid for the work they do and quibbling about their long holidays, blah, blah, blah.

Now, we're expecting them to do house calls? After school? Are you kidding me?

Also, don't doctors charge extra for house calls now, or so I read somewhere....
Hang on.... elsewhere on this site, we're debating why teachers are so well paid for the work they do and quibbling about their long holidays, blah, blah, blah. Now, we're expecting them to do house calls? After school? Are you kidding me? Also, don't doctors charge extra for house calls now, or so I read somewhere.... plumptonfandango
  • Score: 3

4:44pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Man of steel says...

Am I now being led to believe that attending a parents evening is now compulsory?
Am I now being led to believe that attending a parents evening is now compulsory? Man of steel
  • Score: 1

6:33pm Fri 21 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

Man of steel wrote:
Am I now being led to believe that attending a parents evening is now compulsory?
I would have thought that engaging with your child/rens' education is part of being a caring parent.
[quote][p][bold]Man of steel[/bold] wrote: Am I now being led to believe that attending a parents evening is now compulsory?[/p][/quote]I would have thought that engaging with your child/rens' education is part of being a caring parent. mimseycal
  • Score: 1

1:26am Sat 22 Mar 14

Man of steel says...

mimseycal wrote:
Man of steel wrote:
Am I now being led to believe that attending a parents evening is now compulsory?
I would have thought that engaging with your child/rens' education is part of being a caring parent.
Yes Mimsy, but it is my choice, not your's, and certainly not of a teacher or a head master, and the suggestion that a parent cound be fined for not attending is laughable.
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man of steel[/bold] wrote: Am I now being led to believe that attending a parents evening is now compulsory?[/p][/quote]I would have thought that engaging with your child/rens' education is part of being a caring parent.[/p][/quote]Yes Mimsy, but it is my choice, not your's, and certainly not of a teacher or a head master, and the suggestion that a parent cound be fined for not attending is laughable. Man of steel
  • Score: 2

8:06am Sat 22 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

Man of steel wrote:
mimseycal wrote:
Man of steel wrote:
Am I now being led to believe that attending a parents evening is now compulsory?
I would have thought that engaging with your child/rens' education is part of being a caring parent.
Yes Mimsy, but it is my choice, not your's, and certainly not of a teacher or a head master, and the suggestion that a parent cound be fined for not attending is laughable.
Oh I agree ... fining people for not measuring up to some pre-scribed moral standard is ludicrous. I also think that adding to the work load of teachers is not necessarily an answer.

Then again, habitual non attendance at your childs' parents evening can be indicative of other not so acceptable attitudes in the home. So if anything, maybe a visit from a social worker would make more sense. Not that I necessarily think that any exploratory visits to the home purely on the basis of habitual non attendance at parents evenings are a good thing. And that is without taking into account the pressure the childrens department at the local social services is already under.
[quote][p][bold]Man of steel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man of steel[/bold] wrote: Am I now being led to believe that attending a parents evening is now compulsory?[/p][/quote]I would have thought that engaging with your child/rens' education is part of being a caring parent.[/p][/quote]Yes Mimsy, but it is my choice, not your's, and certainly not of a teacher or a head master, and the suggestion that a parent cound be fined for not attending is laughable.[/p][/quote]Oh I agree ... fining people for not measuring up to some pre-scribed moral standard is ludicrous. I also think that adding to the work load of teachers is not necessarily an answer. Then again, habitual non attendance at your childs' parents evening can be indicative of other not so acceptable attitudes in the home. So if anything, maybe a visit from a social worker would make more sense. Not that I necessarily think that any exploratory visits to the home purely on the basis of habitual non attendance at parents evenings are a good thing. And that is without taking into account the pressure the childrens department at the local social services is already under. mimseycal
  • Score: 0

10:25am Mon 24 Mar 14

crazychick77 says...

Maybe if they didnt do the parent meetings at 3/4pm then some of us working parents could go
Maybe if they didnt do the parent meetings at 3/4pm then some of us working parents could go crazychick77
  • Score: 0

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