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Report Writing and Parent & Teacher Interviews. Rene Cahill PAS Deputy Principal Lurnea High School [email protected] KW L Activity. Is this a typical report in your school?. Workshop intended outcomes. Report writing activity. Attempt 1: Think about a student that you teach

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report writing and parent teacher interviews

Report Writing and Parent & Teacher Interviews

Rene Cahill

PAS Deputy Principal

Lurnea High School

[email protected]

report writing activity
Report writing activity

Attempt 1:

  • Think about a student that you teach
  • Write his/her half yearly report comment in your workbook
what do our parents actually value
What do our parents actually value?
  • Plain English – no educational jargon
  • Information about their child's strengths and areas for improvement
  • What they can do to help
  • Comments that complement grades
  • Parents want to know what was learnt and how well, where improvement is needed and what should be done next
reports student achievement
Reports & student achievement
  • Hatties‘top 20’ influences in student achievement from his list of 100

- Feedback is # 8 with effect size .72

Steve Dinham - How to get your school Moving and Improving

report writing structure 4 steps
Report writing structure – 4 steps
  • 1. Clear information on what the student has achieved
  • 2. Suggestions for areas of improvement that the student should work on next
  • 3. Information on how the school will help the student to improve
  • 4. Suggestions on how parents can help the student to improve
report writing structure step 1
Report writing structure – step 1
  • Clear information on what the student has achieved

This section of the report focuses on each students progress on the basis of assessment evidence gathered by the teacher over a semester.

  • Use your mark book (formal assessment)
  • Use notes from any informal tasks
  • Observations made in class when the student is working in groups
  • Use observations made about the students bookwork
  • Homework completed
  • Your comments will need to reflect PDH and PE
  • Ensure the words reflect the students ability eg extensive for an ‘A’ ability
report writing structure step 2
Report writing structure – step 2

2. Suggestions for areas of improvement that the student should work on next

This section of the report focuses on future learning to be addressed in the following reporting period

  • Literacy/Numeracy skills
  • Bookwork
  • Homework
  • Attendance
  • Work ethic
  • Contribution to class discussions/group work
  • Bringing PE uniform
  • Participation in PE lessons
  • Behaviour
report writing structure step 3
Report writing structure – step 3

3. Information on how the school will help the student to improve

This section of the report makes recommendations for actions to be taken by the school to help the studentsfuture learning

  • This might include what you have already done, for example, you may have put a seating plan in place
  • Collect draft assessment work and provide feedback
  • Set student up with a buddy
  • Modify student work
  • Provide homework once a week to develop certain skills
  • Tutoring services after school (our school has a homework centre which operates 3 afternoons for free)
report writing structure step 4
Report writing structure – step 4

4. Suggestions on how parents can help the student to improve

This section of the report suggests specific ways in which parents can support the student, taking account of the areas for improvement or future learning

  • Ensure child is packing PE uniform, other equipment
  • Check homework every Tuesday (you might have a specific day you give out homework)
  • Encourage your child to read
  • Sign up for school based support eg homework centre
report sample
Report Sample
  • Read the report on page 4 of your workbook
  • Discuss
  • What do you like?
  • How does it achieve the 4 steps?
  • Would you change anything?
report writing activity1
Report writing activity

Attempt 2:

  • What do you need to change –re-writing this comment based on what you have learnt today
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