Thursday 20 February 2020

Report Writing

EMC is holding a one day seminar on Report Writing for Officers. By the end of the course, participants will be able to plan and produce reports that:

  • follow a logical structure
  • are easy to read and achieve a desired result
  • look professional

They will also know how some Word tools can save them time.

Course content

Introduction to course and participants’ objectives

Planning and getting started

  • The five steps to writing
  • Defining the aim and thinking about the 'Buying Group' that you want to influence
  • Getting started quickly and painlessly
  • Tips to help you to 'make your case'


  • Reviewing templates
  • Guidelines for other reports, eg proposals, investigative and progress
  • Writing conclusions, recommendations and summaries
  • Classifying information: options and rules
  • Using 'Style Headings' and 'Outline View' on Word
  • Using Word to 1) create the Table of Contents and 2) make long documents easier to handle
  • Paragraphs and headings: ‘What story are you telling?’

Writing clearly and concisely

  • Using words that are correct, simple, necessary, specific and active
  • Sentence length: how long is too long?
  • Using bullet points and checking for parallelism
  • Using positive language and focusing on solutions

Grammar, punctuation and spelling

  • Looking at areas of concern
  • The importance of punctuation
  • Tips for improving spelling

Layout and presentation

  • Page layout and typography
  • Presenting facts and figures in an interesting and memorable way
  • Using charts and tables

Revising, evaluating and close

  • Checklists
  • Proofreading – the ‘four-pass’ method
  • Using the reviewing toolbar
  • Reviewing actions from the course

The Trainer

Kathey Bailey - Training Consultant

Following seven years in Human Resources in the computer industry, Kathey moved into Training and Development in 1985. Since then, she has run more than 1,850 programmes for companies and individuals from a wide range of commercial and industrial areas. She also has extensive experience of working with the public sector including the Civil Service, Education, NHS, Police and 40+ local authorities.

She specialises in Reading Skills, Business Writing, Presentation Skills, Self Development and Time Management, and loves to: - enthuse people about wanting to do things differently - help them to believe that they can - give them the practical tools to ‘help to make it happen’

She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and TAP-certified


21 November 2018, 10:00 - 16:30 (Registration from 9:30)

The Venue

East Midlands Councils, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB

The Costs

£175 - Members of East Midlands Councils

£210 - Associate Members

£250 - Non-Members

All costs subject to VAT.

Book a place

To book a place please use the online booking form below.

Further Information

Kirsty Lowe at East Midlands Councils on 01664 502 637 or email




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