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Report Writing Workshop for Local Authorities

16 July 2024 at 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM /

16 July 2024 at 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
WM Employers - Gem Offices, Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B18 6JZ
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RTPI West Midlands | [email protected]

This workshop is designed to support Local Authority planners in giving them key skills and building on their existing knowledge when it comes to report writing.  This workshop will enable them to perform under pressure and provide coping mechanisms for areas of their jobs which are most difficult.  This course follows on from the ‘IT Takes Planners’ campaign that is currently running.


  • Gilli Galloway - GK Consulting - Working through West Midlands Employers


  • To make those who attend more confidant to write reports moving forward


  • Morning refreshments, Lunch and break refreshments available 


10:00 - Welcome, Introduction and Housekeeping

10:10 – 11:00

Why have reports and why are they important? Definition and discussion
Types of reports
The five ‘Cs’ of report writing
The difference between an essay and a report
Report writing checklist
Defining the purpose/objective of a report
Exercise in small groups on a real short report/feedback

11:00 – 11:30

Common mistakes in report writing
Who is your audience? Discussion and examples
The Trinity of Persuasion and how to use it

11:30 – 11:45  - Break

11:45 – 12:45

Review of real reports in small groups, discussion and feedback

12:45 – 13:30  - LUNCH

13:30 – 14:30

Recap of morning session/discussion
Setting out your report
The order of presentation
Using templates or preferred formats – examples and discussion
How do you decide what to include?
Use of plain English
Use of language, buzz words and jargon, examples and discussion
The impact on your audience and stakeholders

14:45 – 15:15

Using graphics and visuals – More examples of reports, review and discussion

15:15 – 15:30  - Break

15:30 – 15:45

Where do you go to verify/check your report content before submission?
Assessing the success of your report

15:45 – 16:00

Review and summary



The RTPI is committed to delivering inclusive events; to make sure that everyone can have the best possible experience. To help work towards being able to do this an event organiser will contact all booked participants to discuss any access needs or requirements that they might have. Contact Heidi Smith, to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.