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

Online Training: Report Writing

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This three and a half hour course 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

9:30 Welcome

  • Introductions
  • Session Overview
  • Programme and personal aims

9:40 Getting Started

  • What makes a good report?
  • Scoping the report
  • P-O-W-E-R Writing

10:00 Report Structures

  • Classic business report structure
  • Committee report templates
  • What goes where?
  • Writing Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations

10.50 REFRESHMENT BREAK

11:00 Report Writing Skills

  • Clear English and language
  • Grammar and sentence structure
  • Writing in the third person
  • The Fog Index

12:20 Pulling it all Together

  • Reviewing, editing and proofing

12:40 Questions and Answer Session

12:50 Session Summary

  • Key learning points
  • Delegate highlights and most useful tips
  • Close.

13:00 CLOSE

 

Who should attend?

This course 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.

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