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3 Areas to Discuss about the Mid-Year Report with Your Child

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

You have received the mid-year report from your child's school. Here's an opportunity to discuss it with them. This video gives the 3 areas you might want to talk about.



TRANSCRIPT


Good morning! This is Jason Ursino from Learning Space, and I'm currently driving to school. Today, I will be talking about the mid-year reports. Specifically, I will discuss the three things you should discuss with your child when they receive their mid-year report from school. This typically happens during term 2, which is the middle of the year.


When your child receives their mid-year reports, usually after a couple of assessments in each subject, you should review the report and discuss certain aspects with them. The first thing to discuss is what they did well in. Focus on the things to celebrate, such as good grades in a particular subject or positive comments from the teacher. Acknowledge and celebrate their achievements.


The second topic of discussion is what needs to be improved by the end of the year. Look at the areas where your child may have struggled or received lower marks, and talk about how they can improve in those areas. As an incentive, remind them that the next report will be just before Christmas and improving their performance may influence their Christmas gift. Consider what they need to improve and discuss the potential rewards for doing so.


It is important to note that ideally, students should be motivated enough to perform well without external incentives. However, in some cases, receiving a reward from parents at the end of the year based on improvement from mid-year to final year reports can be motivating for students. Reflect on what needs to be improved and what rewards or incentives can be offered if they do improve before the end of the year.


Lastly, consider what topics to address at the Parent Teacher Night, which usually takes place shortly after the mid-year reports. Parent Teacher Night typically involves a brief 5-minute meeting in high school, but it may be longer in primary school. Based on the report, come up with two or three important points to discuss with the teachers during this event. Additionally, encourage your child to share any concerns or issues they may have with their teachers through you as the parent, as it may be easier for them to communicate through you.


To summarize, the three points of discussion with your child when the mid-year reports come around are: what they did well in, what needs improvement and the potential rewards, and what topics to address at Parent Teacher Night. If you enjoy my videos, you can find more of them at learningspace.net.au/drivingtoschool. Have a good day.

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