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Parent-teacher interviews

Parent-teacher interviews provide an important opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their teachers.

Here are some tips to get the best out of your time with the teacher.

Arrange for an interpreter if needed

If you need an interpreter, let us know before the interview. Call 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language. The operator will get an interpreter on the line to help you. This service is free.

Do your homework

Take a few minutes before the meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Common questions may include:

  • How is my child fitting in with other children?
  • What are the children working on now?
  • Is there anything about my child’s needs that I should know?
  • Does my child ask questions, participate in class discussions and other activities?
  • Is my child’s progress satisfactory?
  • What activities does my child seem to enjoy the most at school?
  • Who are my child’s friends?
  • Does my child join in with other children in the playground?
  • What kinds of things will the class be doing over the next few weeks?
  • How is my child progressing in comparison to others in the year?
  • Is there anything I can be doing to help my child at home?
  • Do you have any concerns about my child?
  • What is the best time and way to contact you if I have a concern?

Also, list anything that might be happening at home that may be helpful for your child’s teacher to know. If your child has seen a specialist for example, there may be some information that is important for the teacher or the school counsellor to know.

Go with a positive attitude

Approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Remember you and the teacher are partners in your child’s learning. Be clear and confident in raising any concerns and allow the teacher to answer or clarify your questions and worries.

Teachers want to help students achieve their best – you’re on the same team.

Walk away with an agreed plan

If the teacher raises issues about your child’s learning, development or behaviour, your goal will be to understand the plan to manage that during the school day and how you can help at home.

For example, if your child is struggling to pay attention in class, a behaviour diary which travels between class and home every day may be a good suggestion. The idea is the teacher updates you with a short, written account of your child’s day, so you can discuss it with your child each evening.

Ask the teacher what sort of strategies they have in mind and how you can help.

Plan to communicate

The parent-teacher interview is not the only time you can discuss your child with the teacher, but many parents and carers find it’s their only opportunity to visit the school. Ask the teacher how you can best communicate with each other in the future. Many teachers make appointments to see or call you outside of school hours. Others find email works well.

Between 8:30am and 3:30pm is non-stop for teachers, and their primary responsibility each day is to teach their students. Teachers can’t leave their class unattended to talk with you so it’s best to come up with a plan to stay in touch.

After the interview

It’s important to discuss the meeting with your child and really congratulate them on their strengths. If the teacher made suggestions of things you could do at home, discuss these with your child and commit to following through with them.

It can be easier to approach the teacher or the principal when you feel part of the school community. Volunteer if you can, or stay connected on social media or online.

Don’t let issues brew

Stay in touch with the teacher and the school. Make contact if a concern arises before or after the parent-teacher interviews. Let the teacher know what your concern is so they can prepare for your conversation.  For example if you’re worried your child isn’t making friends, the teacher may want to observe them in the playground before you talk. Or if you’re concerned your child isn’t performing as well as expected, the teacher may want to check last year’s notes, talk to colleagues or review assessment results.

If there’s something happening at home with your child or another family member, it can affect your child’s learning and behaviour at school, so please let the school know.

Get to know child’s year adviser

Once your child is in high school, the year adviser is a great point of contact when you have a question or problem that’s not specific to one subject area. For example if your child doesn’t seem to be on top of their homework (or says they’re not getting any homework) the year adviser would be the person to call. They can have a chat with the teachers involved and get back to you.

The same goes with social problems your child may be having. Year advisers try to get to know all ‘their’ kids on a more personal level and can keep an eye on how your child is progressing.

Seeking more help 

If you’ve talked to the teacher and still aren’t satisfied with the outcome, you can always make an appointment to discuss your concerns with the head teacher, year adviser, assistant principal, deputy or principal. You can bring a support person with you to any meeting at the school. If you need the help of an interpreter, let them know when you make the appointment, so they can arrange to have someone on the phone or at the meeting to help you.

Parent-teacher interviews are an important opportunity to engage in your child’s learning. At Truscott Street Public School, school interviews are held twice a year and are intended to be an opportunity to create and discuss learning goals for your child. Please remember that teachers aim to work as partners with parents and carers, and have your child’s best interests in mind.

Three-way conference

It is strongly encouraged that children attend these meetings, as a ‘three-way conference’. This allows students to be a part of their goal setting and allows them take responsibility for their learning. This is particularly important for students in upper primary classes.


Parent-teacher interviews can be booked at the following website. When parent-teacher interviews are approaching, a note will be sent home with a code to access the website when time slots are available to be booked.


It can be beneficial to set time aside before the scheduled meeting to brainstorm areas you would like to discuss. As the parent-teacher interview is only ten minutes long, it is important to make the most of this opportunity. You may also find it helpful to speak to your child prior to the meeting and ask what they feel their strengths and weaknesses are.

Arrange for an interpreter if needed

If you need an interpreter, let us know before the interview. Call 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language. The operator will get an interpreter on the line to help you. This service is free.

Don’t let issues brew

Parent-teacher interviews are scheduled with the intention of speaking to your child’s academic abilities.

If you have a concern about your child’s development or wellbeing, we encourage you to make a separate appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss these concerns. These appointments are best made as soon as possible, to allow for early support from your child’s teacher. We also ask that you do not make meetings with executive or specialist staff before speaking to the classroom teacher.

It is strongly suggested that if you have engaged an external specialist, such as an occupational therapist or psychologist, that you provide the school with any supporting documents that allow the teacher and school to support your child’s individual needs.