Writing pupil report cards

Deciding on end of year report card comments can be a difficult process. Often you find yourself in a position where you find it hard to communicate what you really think about a pupil and you end up writing something generic. It may be that you are hesitant because a the potential reaction from the parents or maybe because you believe that what you write should be encouraging. Here are some guidelines to help you decide on how to go about this task :

  • A well written progress check should not only consider progress but also suggest the next steps to improve learning.
  • Avoid using edubabble – instead ensure that what you write is clear and understandable by the average parent.
  • Always try and start off with something positive in the first box – no matter how hard !
  • Consider how you would feel if you were a parent and reading what you have written.
  • Always give yourself plenty of time to write your reports – the last thing you need in a stressful job like teaching is more stress.

A busy time of year

June used to be one of the quiet times of year in school. A few years ago pupils were on work experience or were on study leave which meant lots of free time to plan for next year. This year I have my back against the wall in terms of time. KS3 are there as normal but study leave for all KS4&5 pupils has been cancelled, the rational being that the pupils will learn more if they revise for exams in school than at home (something I think I agree with).

But there is a knock on effect – someone has to supervise these pupils. This means that the lessons are still on and do not turn into teacher “frees”.

To make matters worse we have a new reporting policy at our school with very strict rules on the structure and length of written reports to parents.

Looks like I have my work cut out !