Reporting is an important way of including parents and guardians in the process of their child’s education. Since 2010, schools have been required to provide an annual report for parents of all primary school children.

Reporting at a Glance

  Foundation Stage
Year 1 Year 2
Offer to meet parents to discuss their child’s progress.
Provide an annual report to parents by 30 June.

Annual Report to Parents/Guardians

Schools need to plan reporting alongside assessment and should establish efficient and manageable reporting processes and procedures. They must provide annual reports to parents by 30 June each year, although they may choose to do this more often.

Schools can choose the format of the annual report, but there are requirements on what they must include. See below and the Guide to Assessment for more information.

Report Headings

According to The Education (Pupil Reporting) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009, teachers should report briefly the pupil’s educational and other achievements against headings that are in line with the curriculum.


If a pupil has been exempted from any part of the curriculum for any reason, teachers must state this on the annual report.

Parent Meeting

Schools must also offer to meet parents at least once a year to discuss their child’s progress. In the Foundation Stage, schools can decide the timing of the parent meeting.

At the meeting, teachers give parents information about their child’s progress across the curriculum. Parents have the opportunity to discuss with the teacher how their child’s learning can be supported, both in school and at home.