Resist opening the conversation by telling the teacher how good you/your child is at his/her subject and remember to be succinct: each teacher you meet will probably be seeing as many as 50 sets of parents.

This is not the time for a major critique of the school’s curriculum policy or to request to see the last three months’ lunch menus.

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The staff should give parents a clear and honest overview of their child’s academic progress and personal development: I advise parents to take notes as they circulate the desks.

If their child is doing well, parents should go away feeling happy that the school is bringing out potential.

If the messages have been less positive, they should be confident that needs are understood and by working together, home and school can ensure good progress.

Work the room Announce who you are, and be prepared to listen and focus.

Having expressed sincere thanks for this all-too-personal appraisal, you emerge from the background noise for a cup of industrial-strength school tea: the last test of your stamina before escaping home.

I believe parents’ evenings can and should be enjoyable as well as informative, regardless of whether the child is a superstar or the cause of repeated eye rolling.

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