The TES is reporting that the West London Free School multi-academy trust has hired proofreaders to eliminate spelling and grammar inaccuracies – along with bad writing – from end-of-year school reports.
The trust’s eponymous secondary prides itself on the rigour of its traditional, grammar-school-style education. But Toby Young, its founder and chief executive of the trust, believes that each of the reports written by his teachers includes at least half a dozen mistakes.
“These mistakes are just typical of people in their twenties and thirties,” Mr Young told TES.
“Children are now taught grammar, punctuation and spelling, meaning that these kinds of errors are likely to decline in the next generation.”
The proofreaders were offered £20 an hour to read through the reports produced by schools in the trust: the original secondary, plus two nearby primaries. A single report takes between 10 and 15 minutes to read…
Mr Young has also instructed his proofreaders to watch out for overcomplicated sentences. “They often use three verbs where one would do,” he said…
For more on this story, get the 31 July edition of TES
We’ve had some articles recently bemoaning the quality of school reports, but none where schools have gone to these lengths to make things better.
What do you think? A sensible step to improve the quality of reports and communication with parents, or an unnecessary complication or use of funds?
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