England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Personal and organisational development

Online Training: Report Writing

This three-hour programme has been developed for Councillors and Officers who would benefit from some advice and guidance on how to plan, structure and write reports.

The aim of the session is for delegates to develop confidence and skills in their writing skills and to make the whole process easier and quicker.

Some Officers may write Committee reports and these will be mentioned during the session, so all of the information will be cross-referenceable.

Programme Outcomes:

By the end of the session, delegates will be able to:

  1. Scope a report based on its objective and intended reader
  2. Write a structured report
  3. Write grammatically correct and well-punctuated text
  4. Review and edit their work.

 

Additional Information:

The programme is highly participative and involves delegates in a wide range of activities.

Full workbooks are supplied. and these will be circulated prior to the event.

 

Programme

9:45Login and informal hellos
10:00Welcome

Introductions

Session Overview

Programme and personal aims

10:15Getting Started

What makes a good report?

Scoping the report

P-O-W-E-R Writing

10:35Report Structures

Classic business report structure

Committee report templates

What goes where?

Writing Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations

11:30Refreshment BREAK
11:40Report Writing Skills

Clear English and language

Grammar and sentence structure

Writing in the third person

The Fog Index

12:20Pulling it all Together

Reviewing, editing and proofing

12:40Question & Answer Session
13:00Session Summary

Key learning points

Delegate highlights and most useful tips

Close.

 

Who should attend?

This three-hour programme has been developed for Councillors and Officers who would benefit from some advice and guidance on how to plan, structure and write reports.

Speakers:

Miranda Smythe

Miranda has 30 years’ experience in helping organisations (mainly local government) to identify learning gaps, and to develop tailored, creative and relevant strategies for meeting these needs with a view of helping them meet their objectives.  Miranda is also a Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Associate Trainer and has been involved in developing bespoke programmes for Councillors including speed reading and personal safety.

In addition to her formal role, Miranda is also very involved in local community development activities, providing mental health awareness sessions for many not-for-profit organisations.  She is Chair of a local homelessness charity and has been instrumental in developing and facilitating community leadership initiatives in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.