To support staff in writing reports I have created a `How to Write Reports` document which can be found below This document has been written through my experiences in report writing as well as through advice from The Times Educational Supplement (TES). I have adapted the advice from the TES website www.tes.co.uk to fit into our school context (including writing reports for parents whose first language is not English), putting the advice given in the first part of the document into practice. I have run report writing workshops with new and existing staff and commented on and amended report comments with staff where appropriate.
It is important to remember that teachers will come from a range of countries and schools that will have different expectations on report writing. New staff may need guidance on what should and should not be included in them and as a coordinator it is important to reinforce that reports are one of the main ways we have of communicating with parents and it is vital that they give accurate information on the strengths and progress the student has made, as well as clear guidance and targets for the future. This document gives clear guidelines on the expectations of writing reports at our school and is shown at staff meetings and in one to one meetings with staff who need further support. Teachers are put into pairs to check each other`s reports for spelling, grammar or content issues before they are sent to me to read through.