Maunu School Three Way Conferences (Student/Parent/Teacher)


Below is some information to help you understand the process and your role in the conference.


A three way learning conference is a conversation between students, parents and the teacher.

  • It is a conversation about what the students are learning at school rather than what they are doing at school.
  • The students, parents and teacher talk about the student’s learning with everyone taking an equal role.
  • The role of the parents is to listen to their child, ask questions and encourage the student to expand and explain information further.
  • The role of the teacher is to facilitate and lead the conversation about the student’s learning and prompt the student when needed.
  • The role of the student is to share their learning with their parents and reflect on the progress they have made so far this year.


At the junior end of the school the expectation is that the adults will take the lead in the conference and as the children get older they will assume a greater role.


The purpose of a three way learning conference is

  • To encourage students to accept personal responsibility for their learning.
  • To increase parent understanding of their child’s learning.
  • To help students demonstrate evidence of learning.
  • To teach students the process of reflection and self- evaluation.
  • To facilitate the development of students’ organisational and oral communication skills which in turn increases their self-confidence.
  • To encourage students, parents and teachers in honest and open dialogue.


Examples of parent participation could be

  • View the student’s learning, listen actively and ask questions such as; What do you think you could improve on?  How can I help you?  Tell me about… What were you learning?  How did you learn this?  What did you find difficult?
  • Support any future goal setting.
  • Should you wish to ask any questions of the teacher, of course you are welcome to do so.



Thanks for your support with this.  We look forward to sharing your child’s learning with you.