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Parents should also make sure they ask the teacher how they could help their child at home, she says.
But more than three quarters arrive at parents' evenings without having made any preparations or thought about what information they want.
The survey also claims that two thirds of parents have been unable to attend a meeting because of work commitments - and one in three fathers think that going to a parents' evening is a job for their partner.
A majority - 57% - would rather receive an e-mail update about their child's progress and the same number would like to have more frequent informal meetings.