When I first started teaching teenage ESOL students the twice yearly parent/carer evening was a pretty thankless task. We would invariably spend the best part of two or three hours twiddling our thumbs and hoping that someone would turn up. The take up was very low and often those who had said they were coming would not appear.
Over the last few years things have improved a lot. We are much more organised and make sure that letters are written in clear English and followed up with phone calls home. If we think it’s necessary we will try to find an interpreter to do this, although this is…
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