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Do you need to write reports with value rather than volume? Condense lengthy documents into a short summary? Make yourself understood to a wide range of readers with varying levels of knowledge?

Our Effective Report Writing course is designed to help you produce excellent reports for today’s ever-changing workplace, helping you to write quickly, accurately and clearly.

Work through practical exercises to learn how to better plan, structure and edit reports. Leave the day with techniques that will improve your written communication skills and enable you to produce more effective reports.

Please note we will use Zoom to virtually deliver this course.

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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!

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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

  • Practise effective report editing techniques
  • Effectively organise information within the report
  • Learn how to plan and structure an engaging report
  • Discover ways of presenting data to enhance the impact of your report
  • Develop a persuasive writing style to put forward a clear, convincing case
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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0800 542 9414
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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

The Basics of Effective Report Writing

  • The POWER principles
  • Understanding the reader
  • Producing a hierarchy of information for different readers
10:30 - 11:15

Report Writing Workshop I: Planning

  • Discover planning tools and frameworks
  • Develop techniques to help you identify relevant purpose and content
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:15

Report Writing Workshop II: Organising Information

  • Learn how to effectively present information
  • Understand how to group different types of information
  • Gain best practice techniques to focus on value not volume of information
  • Discuss reading patterns on paper and on screen to decide on the best layout for your work
12:15 - 12:45

Workshop III: Writing

  • A practical exercise in rewording and reordering
  • Providing feedback – a practical exercise in how to give and receive constructive, objective advice
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 - 14:45

Report Writing Workshop IV: Editing Reports

  • Learn the most effective and ruthless editing techniques
  • Using real life materials, delegates will edit a document and create an effective summary
14:45 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:00

Report Writing Workshop V: Reviewing Real-Life Materials

  • Embed the day’s learning – review real-life examples to quality assure them by using criteria discussed during the course
16:00 - 16:15

Round Up and Key Takeaways