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Student Led Conferences

What is a Student Led Conference?

A new look parents' evening to replace Parent Teacher Interviews. The student leads the meeting. Your child talks about what they can do and their next steps. Examples of learning are used to explain concepts. 

Why Student Led Conferences?

This way of reporting to parents lifts student achievement. Enabling students to explain their learning has the most significant impact on student achievement. The New Zealand National Curriculum intends students to be at the center of the learning process.

There is a reported rise in parents' satisfaction with these conferences and parent attendance increases. Effective home learning strategies and activities can be discussed which will support students to achieve their next learning steps. In other words Student Led Conferences are effective because they enable students, parents and teachers to collaborate about learning.


Please bring your child to the Student Led Conference.

Further readings

  • Absolum, M. (2006). Clarity in the Classroom: Using Formative
  • Assessment. Auckland: Hodder Education.
  • Black, P & William, D (1998) Inside the Black Box: Raising standards through classroom assessment. Phi Delta Kappan, October, 139—148.
  • Taylor-Patel, C. (2011) Student-led conferences : an alternative reporting method. https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/handle/2292/9961
  • Hattie, J. (2009) Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement . New York: Routledge