What do our school reports really say?

Kirsty L. Turner, Fraser Scott, Andrew Jackson

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School reports are an enduring feature of the education landscape. They form part of our personal history, fondly retained by parents well beyond a child’s school leaving age. The Department for Education requires schools in England to report to parents annually(Department for Education, 2015). There is widespread variation in reporting practice and many schools are doing more than is legally required of them(Power and Clark, 2000).While frequent, data focused reports are commonly used, many schools continue to write comment-based reports as part of their reporting regime. As students move into secondary school, reports of their day to day learning become less forthcoming from the students themselves and reports become one of very few channels of home-school communication.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalImpact: Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2019


  • school reports
  • school-home communication
  • student workload


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