Writing reports by @ramtopsgrum

Name: Graham Hartland
Twitter name: @ramtopsgrum
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Biology
Position: Head of department
What is your advice about? Writing reports

  1. When you mark a substantial piece of work, write strengths and weaknesses as brief comments into your markbook. Use these to help write longer reports.
  2. If the report is tick box, then find out – and be consistent with how you use – the criteria for the tick box.
  3. Be bold. Be honest. Be truthful. Be accountable. If you say a thing, have you the evidence to back this up in front of the parent later?
  4. Comfort the afflicted; afflict the comfortable. But then you’d be doing this in class anyway. Reports should never be a surprise to the student.
  5. Like exams, preparing for reports should start as soon as the student walks into your classroom. Observe and interact with your students. Make notes.

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