5 Spaces Remaining


We’ve all been there. You’re set a task with a tight deadline. The typos start to appear. Your research is vague. Your sentence structure becomes jumbled as you rush to finish.

Nine times out of ten this work is not at a high standard, which is why proofing and editing is so important.

Increasingly tight deadlines often means that emails, reports, summaries and articles are completed at speed to meet the fast-paced nature of work.

Proofing and editing your work in a demanding work environment is vital to ensure that it is accurate, understood and credible.

Through a mixture of tutor-led sessions and a timed proofing and editing exercise, you will gain the confidence and techniques to write more effectively under pressure.

Unlocking the Power of Virtual

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow. Click here to discover more!

Please note we use Zoom to deliver this course.

Please see past delegate testimonials below:

“Susan is a really great teacher. On Zoom it can be hard to engage people, but she really got all the attendees chatting and contributing throughout the day. The day was set out really well. I enjoyed the group tasks as it gave us lots of opportunity to practically apply what we were learning about, rather than just listening or talking. 10/10 would recommend” – External Communications Officer, Leonard Cheshire

“I would really recommend the course. Sue is a fantastic trainer and the day passed by far too quickly. Lots of helpful resources to take away, also very impressed with the smooth transition to online learning. Thank you!” – Senior Events Officer, King’s College London


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Sue Calthorpe
Media & Communications Specialist

Susan works with organisations and individuals to improve their written communications skills.

She worked as a regional and national newspaper journalist before setting up a full-service communications company, now established for 30 years.

She works with public and private sector organisations to help with:

  • Effective emails
  • Report writing
  • Briefings and submissions
  • Persuasive and influential writing techniques
  • Promotional writing
  • Effective complaint handling
  • Communicating complex information for non-technical readers.

Her recent clients include Legal & General, HSBC, BRIT, the Law ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Edit for style, length, consistency and credibility
  • How to spot common mistakes to improve the way you proof your work
  • Take part in a timed written exercise to improve your editing and proofing skills
  • Confidently use a range of editing techniques to create text that readers want to read
  • Develop effective skills to improve the way you proof and edit your professional work
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
[email protected]


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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Create Credible Copy

  • Understand how to adapt your editing to different audiences
  • Learn from case studies and identify best practice in order to ensure improvement
  • Learn how to ensure that copy covers all relevant information, yet remains concise
  • Recognise and overcome challenges to creating coherent, effective and efficient copy
10:45 - 11:30

Correct the Most Common Word Errors

  • Determine methods for correct language usage
  • Identify the causes of changes to the English language
  • Recognise the common mistakes and learn best practice to avoid future errors
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:15

Learn How to Correct Spellcheck and Overcome the Cupertino Effect

  • How to use track changes effectively
  • Identify the importance of constructive feedback
  • Take part in a group discussion to determine common issues
  • Understand which proof-reading marks are still in common use
  • Test your current skill level with a proof-reading exercise and implement practical remedies
12:15 - 12:45

Recognise Your Editing Limits

  • Determine how to be decisive without exceeding your remit
  • Learn the difference between proof reading and rewriting work
12:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 13:45

Reflection Session

  • Trainer will review the day’s learning and the next stages of the course
  • Delegates will have time to ask questions and share views with one another
13:45 - 16:00

Editing Workshop: Timed Exercise

In this interactive session, delegates will be given a timed written exercise and gain feedback on how to improve from the trainer.

  • Practise by writing a compelling, concise text
  • Recognise the different media for different styles of writing
  • Understand how to adapt your editing to different audiences
  • Adapt source material for a variety of uses, from emails to blogs, and articles to reports
  • Identify how to create text that readers want to read, rather than copy that they feel obliged to read
  • Practise separating ‘must know’ from ‘could know’ to create concise and readable copy to meet a deadline
16:00 - 16:15

Round Up and Key Takeaways


Central Government & Agencies - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Local Government, Housing, Education & Health - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Charity - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Private Sector - Virtual

Delegate Price
£445 + VAT