Student reports provide you with a clear picture of your child’s progress. They are used in all Victorian government schools to report student achievements from Foundation to Year 10.
The student reports are so everyone has a clear picture of your child's current achievements and the progress they have made.
Your child’s report will have clearly written comments that tell you what your child knows and what they can do. The report will also identify areas in which your child needs further help or can improve and de- scribes what Streeton Primary School will do to support your child.
Student reports bring mixed feelings for parents. They can range from pleasure and pride if your child is performing well and considerable angst when your child is not progressing as you hoped. Reports can mean anxious times for students too. ‘Will my parents be disappointed or proud?’ ‘Will they over-react or will they be level-headed?’ ‘Will they look at the negatives or will they focus on the positives first?’
Children take their cues from the respected adults in their lives, so how you see your child’s report af- fects how they see themselves as learners. Your reaction and attitude to your child’s report will go a long way in developing their attitude as a learner.
It is important that as parents you are in the right frame of mind before you look at your child’s report.
Before opening your child’s report conduct a self-check
Check on your expectations. Are they in line with your child’s abilities and interests? Expectations are tricky. If they are too high then children can be turned off learning. Too low and there is nothing to strive for. Pitch your expectations in line with your child’s abilities.
Do you believe that children learn at different rates? It is really important that you understand that chil- dren do indeed learn at different rates. There are early developers and late bloomers in every class- room. It is therefore important, as a parent, you avoid comparing your child to siblings or peers. Do not use these as a benchmark, instead look for individual progress.
Take a broad view of your child’s progress. It is important that you don’t just look at the academic re- sults but take into account the social development, their attitudes to learning, behaviour and how do they fit into the community.
Be positive and encouraging. Self-confidence is a pre-requisite for learning, so be prepared to be as positive and encouraging as possible.
Once you have opened the report
Here are 4 tips to help deliver feedback to your child in relation to the content of their report, regardless of their age:
It is important to finish the conversation with your child on a positive note. Build a platform for your child so they can improve on their learning. Building confidence and a positive platform will help to achieve this.