So last night was parents evening. The first of many. Pickles school has a new headteacher who is making alot of changes and tonight we experienced her version of parents evening.
We arrived and went round to the classroom whilst being accosted by year sixes who had volunteered to help and were playing a key role, one you’ll see in a minute.
When we reached Pickles classroom two year sixes were outside. They ticked the name on the list and informed us there was another six minutes of the appt before us. This is when I first caught sight of it!
Yes that’s right each classroom, with it’s two year six escorts had, a TIMER! One of those wind up, ring a bell timers. When the timer sounded the year six entered the classroom to say so.
Now don’t get me wrong I’m all for sticking to the time yes. But what about if an issue arises that you need to discuss? At the end of the ten minutes we were practically shoved out the door with no offer of a further appt nor time to ask any questions.
So what do you think? You for the military ‘your times up off you go’ approach? Or the more flexible allowance of a few extra minutes if you need them?