Although I'm not a teacher I know how time consuming writing reports can be, and how much effort it takes to communicate relevant and helpful information.
As a parent how much notice do you take of your child's reports? Do you read them? Are they useful? Do you reward your child if they get certain results? Or express disappointment if their results aren't wonderful? Personally I'm happy if effort and engagement are rated high. Having children at three different schools means different report styles. At one of the schools my child's self-ratings across a number of different learning behaviours is presented alongside his teacher's. This provides a useful tool for self-reflection. Other reports are very sparse.
Regardless of the style of the report you may find the following useful to keep in mind when reading your child's school reports.
* My aim is for these posts is meant to useful, interesting and/or inspiring. They are not designed to be used for therapy.. If you are experiencing stress please contact your GP or mental health professional.
Kim Dunn is a Child Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds.