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Overview

Schools, colleges, and universities are facing increased scrutiny to excel at customer service and handle complaints effectively.

To ensure your organisation can effectively handle complaints from the first response, staff must understand how to efficiently communicate and write credible, succinct, and comprehensible responses to complaints.

On this Effective Written Responses to Complaints in Education course, led by communications specialist, Sue Calthorpe, you’ll acquire the techniques to deliver effective written responses to complaints, through a combination of expert tutor input, practical case studies, and supported exercises.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what is working and what needs improvement in complaints letter writing
  • Learn from best practice how to respond to a complaint
  • Effectively assess and plan your reply
  • Develop practical written techniques to elicit information from colleagues
  • Create credible correspondence moving forward
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Agenda

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09:15 - 09:45

Registration

09:45 - 10:00

Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Complaints in Education: What is Working – and What Needs to Improve

  • Overview of trends and insight into the most common complaints in education
  • Understand the effect complaints have on both staff and the people who depend on the level of service they provide
10:45 - 11:30

Best and Bad Practice

  • Assess a range of real-life correspondence
  • Identify best practice use of style, tone, vocabulary, presentation of facts and evidence and expert comment
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:45

Assessing and Planning Your Reply

  • Understand how correspondents want their complaint handled and what they expect from the reply
  • Develop planning tools to create a suitable reply
  • Identify ‘trigger’ points from correspondence to provide better responses
12:45 - 13:45

Lunch

13:45 - 14:30

Summarising Detail

  • How to summarise complex information into language and a structure that can be easily understood
  • Ensure that your response is delivered efficiently
  • Introduce a six part grid to help with this process
14:30 - 16:00

Creating Credible Correspondence

In this practical session, delegates will create and give feedback on a range of letters to review and refresh personal skills.

  • Utilise skills developed throughout the day to create letters
  • Develop your own best practice
  • Identify areas for improvement
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Venue

etc. Venues – Marble Arch, London

Garfield House 86 Edgware Road, London, W2 2EA