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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 and efficient reports for today’s ever-changing workplace, helping you write quickly, accurately and clearly.

Work through expert-led practical exercises to learn how to better plan, structure and edit reports with effective editing and layout methods. Leave the day with techniques that will improve your written communication skills and enable you to produce more engaging reports that achieve your aims.

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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
  • Gain methods to present data and 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.

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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09:00 - 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
  • How to understand the reader
  • Learn to produce 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 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:45

Report Writing Workshop IV: Editing Reports

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

Afternoon Break

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

Feedback, Evaluation and Close