Parent talks

These talks address important topics related to both teaching and parenting. As one of the greatest schools in Madrid, Spain, as we are, we will try to answer frequently asked questions by putting forth our teaching methods, and explaining the different ways in which you can incorporate diverse aspects of these methods into the home environment.
At the same time, you will be able to share your own experiences with other parents and thus learn from one another.

Talks will be given in English. Speakers will accept comments in Spanish and they can clarify or respond to questions in Spanish.

Places are limited and you must confirm attendance through the school’s webpage. Your request will be processed on a first-come first-served basis. Please use the form at the bottom of the page to book onto our Parent Talks.

Calendar 2018/2019

Growth Mindset

Bendición de Campos
16th October

Do you want to know more about what a ‘Growth Mindset’ is and how important it is to
your child as a healthy life-long learner?

For parents and tutors with children in Primary and Secondary.
Presented by Fiona Chapman, Deputy Head of Primary and Teaching & Learning lead.
At 18:00 hours in the gym of Bendición de Campos.
Seats limited to 40 people

The Sixth form experience at Hastings

Lorenzo Solano Tendero
4th December

At the end of Key Stage 4, most Hastings pupils will continue to study at Key Stage 5 in our Sixth Form. This is a two year pre-university programme of study involving AS and A Levels in a reduced number of subjects and complimentary Spanish university preparation classes alongside. In the Sixth Form, the academic ‘jump’ from IGCSE to AS and A Level is considerable and the level and intensity of the student workload increases significantly.
In addition to their academic programme, as part of a student’s Sixth Form experience at Hastings, they are encouraged to take part in our Sixth Form Enrichment Programme and take on young leadership opportunities and they will also receive comprehensive careers and university guidance. 

For parents and guardians of children in Y10, Y11 and Y12. 
Presented by Ms. Julie Oakley, Head of Sixth Form at Hastings School.


Everyday activities to boost language and learning in the home

Bendición de Campos
15th January

Building language skills through play. You’ll be given ideas on ways to play that offer opportunities for developing Speech and Language, as well as using everyday activities to foster language and communication.  As well as practical examples of activities, we’ll offer tips for positive interaction


For parents and guardians of children in Early Years and KS1.  
Presented by Myriam Carrillo, Learning Support Specialist.


Internet Safety

Bendición de Campos
12th February

When online, children can learn new things, get help with homework, express themselves creatively and connect with family and friends. There are also risks, but by understanding and talking about the dangers you can help keep your child safe online.
This session will cover the following: what children do online and through social networking, the risks and dangers of being online, Apps we can use, and how to keep children safe online.

For parents and guardians of children in Primary
Presented by H. Ormerod & J. Meighan

Neuroeducation and learning (covering memory and attention

Lorenzo Solano Tendero
19th March

We’ll give an overview of how the brain works and look at the keys to learning. What can we do to improve memory and attention? How can I boost my child’s strengths and compensate for their difficulties?


For parents and guardians of children in Primary and Secondary.
Presented by Dr. Alexandra Pardos, professor in Neuropsychology and Learning Difficulties

Monitoring and Improving every child’s achievement: Assessment, tracking and support at Hastings

Lorenzo Solano Tendero
7th May

We’ll cover the type of data we collect from regular testing of all children, and how it’s used. At different points in your child’s school life we use different methods and tests to monitor their performance, set expectations and plan improvements. We’ll look at how this process works at each Key Stage, and at the Response to Intervention model for boosting achievement where we find that a child is underperforming.


For parents and guardians of children in Primary and Secondary.
Presented by Mr. Gary Cook, Learning Support Coordinator at Hastings School.


Primary Curriculum at Hastings School

Bendición de Campos
22nd May

This talk will be an opportunity to learn how the changes to the National Curriculum in England has affected the content of our curriculum, to understand what we mean by a Creative Curriculum and to ask any questions you may have about how and what we teach.
We will also discuss assessments and how we use them to inform our next steps.
All the Deputy Heads of Primary will be present to answer specific questions about each phase.

For parents and guardians of children in Primary

PSHE: A curriculum for life

Bendición de Campos
18th June

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From dealing with friendship issues to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up. This is also the vehicle we use to teach pupils how to deal with bullying and cyber-bullying. This talk will explain our curriculum and then give parents opportunities to talk to all pastoral leaders in the different buildings and ask questions relevant to their own children.

For parents and guardians of children in Early Years, Primary and Secondary. 

Presented by Ms. Helen Ormerod, Head of Primary and Assistant Principal at Hastings School

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