Students leading the way

One of the ways my school shares information with parents about their child’s learning is through SLC, Student-Led Conferences.

(From Making the PYP Happen, pg. 52)

“Student-led Conferences involve the student and the parent. The students are responsible for LEADING the conference, and also take responsibility for their learning by sharing the process with their parents. This may involve a variety of different learning situations.”


-Students LEAD

-This is not a parent-teacher conference

-Teachers are present as support when needed

-Students can speak in their Mother Tongue to parents if necessary

-There can be several SLC conferences taking place at the same time

-Students decide what to share with their parents

-Students need time to prepare, they need time to practice

-Both Paper and ePortfolios can be shared

-Students can share any part of their learning space they wish

-Encourage reflection and discussion on the student’s work

-Talk to parents beforehand so that everyone has the same understanding about the day

-Celebrate with the students

Things to think about:

-does there need to be a time set (i.e. one hour)

-how to include specialists?


This year, some of my G3s wanted to tweet out their conference on our class account.

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As a class we reflected the next day on our time with our parents and shared a blog post. We have already received comments from our parents.

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A short view into our SLCs last week

I have always enjoyed these days in school. I love watching the students celebrate their learning with their family. I am always impressed with the increase in confidence and independence as well. This pic I took last week at our SLCs sums it up for me.


Do you have Student-Led Conferences at your school?
How are they organised?

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