Confessions of a Teacher – Parents

“I used to be absolutely terrified of parents”

Teachers confess how they really feel about parents in this new film

Are you feeling nervous about parents’ evening?

As schools across the UK invite parents in for meetings, we’ve been asking teachers and head teachers what it’s really like to deal with parents.

From facing aggressive mums and dads to handling awkward exchanges outside of school, these teachers aren’t afraid to open up about their experiences.

One teacher says about parents' evening: “You never know where these conversations are going to take you, sometimes it will be ‘oh they love your lessons, you’ve inspired them to do English at A-Level’. Sometimes it will be ‘you don’t like my child.’ "

Others open up about the ‘teacher speak’ often used: "They just lack confidence” is “code for they don’t speak in the lesson” according to one teacher.

Another admits the “child that enjoys contributing in class” is really code for the child who “doesn’t shut up!”

The film also features more serious stories about parents, including one teacher who says: “I remember tears coming to my eyes as he literally crushed my hand, and I had to go and tell the head afterwards and sort of say I think I’ve just been kind of assaulted.”

Find out what parents want teachers to understand about parents' evening here.

What to do if you need support

If you're a teacher who is stressed or worried about anything you can call
Education Support's free and confidential 24/7 emotional support helpline on 08000 562 561.

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