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Parent/teacher interviews

Myth – Classroom teachers must make themselves available for parent/teacher interviews at any time of the year.

Fact:The Education General Provisions Act (2006) and DET policy requires that a parent is given the opportunity, at least twice a year, to discuss the child’s educational performance at the school with the child’s teachers.

Schools have established procedures in place for parent/teacher interviews. One of these opportunities may be in the form of a parent/teacher interview evening where interviews are conducted face-to-face. Some schools offer indications of student achievement in certain subjects at a subject/year level information evening. However, when these events are held outside of rostered duty time, attendance cannot be made compulsory.

Teacher participation outside rostered duty time should be considered voluntary. However, it is not unreasonable of a school to request that teachers arrange alternative times for parents to discuss their child’s educational performance. In this case, parent/teacher interviews may be conducted by telephone.

This assists teachers in maintaining an effective work/life balance, as well as meeting the reporting requirements of schools.

[Information updated 2 Feb 2017]