Progress & Reporting
We are constantly seeking to strengthen our partnership with parents and one of the ways we do this is through organising regular opportunities to give feedback through sharing data and face-to-face Parent Teacher Student Conferences.
At the start of the year, we have orientation sessions for new families; these are repeated termly for those new to Tanglin. We also have Information Evenings for all parents in August. This is an opportunity to find out about year group routines, special events and expectations.
In Year 7 and Year 9 we have a “Meet the Tutor Day” which gives parents an opportunity to meet the teacher who oversees the daily pastoral care of the students. This happens early in Term 1 to establish positive relations between home and school and to ensure that any teething problems are discussed.
We have formal Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs) in all year groups to review progress on an individual basis. Students are expected to take a proactive role in these meetings. We have found that face-to-face meetings are more effective than written reports, so over the last few years we have increased the number of PTSCs and decreased the number of written reports. In academic year 2017/18, Year 9 is the only year group that will receive a written report and one PTSC. For all other year groups there is an extra PTSC and no written report.
Parents are also kept abreast of progress via regular short reports which contain attainment grades and an indication of attitudes to learning. For Year 7, 8 and 9 there are two such reports a year. For Years 10 and 11 there is one per term. We also produce a written tutor report once a year which is complemented by a student self-evaluation.
Although there are many structured opportunities for parents to meet with teachers, parents can also make appointments with teachers throughout the year to discuss any concerns they may have.