Myth: Parents have to attend all meetings about their child’s learning

Parents and carers play an important role in supporting their children’s learning in school. It is good practice that parents and carers are involved when important decisions about a child’s learning are made. However it is not always possible, or necessary, for parents and carers to be at all meetings regarding their child’s learning. There will be some meetings where it is inappropriate for parents to attend –  for example, because professionals may be discussing several children, because of the sensitive nature of what is being discussed or time constraints.

It is important however that professionals share information with parents about the outcomes from meetings and that parents are given an opportunity to discuss them further if needed.

More information about how parents and carers should be involved in making decisions about their child’s learning can be found in The parents’ guide to additional support for learning pages 78-85.

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