Ipswich school uses proofreaders to correct teachers’ work

Posted on December 3, 2012


A school in Ipswich is to recruit proofreaders to help iron out mistakes in reports produced by its teachers. Northgate High School has taken the step in order to prevent parents from receiving school reports containing errors.

The proofreaders will be paid to scour reports for problems with grammar and spelling, and to make suggestions to teachers who are prone to writing errors. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has supported the decision, pointing out that teachers in some disciplines are not necessarily experts in written English.

The school’s decision illustrates the importance of accurate writing in managing a reputation. Schools often hit the headlines nowadays with stories relating to failures in grammar and spelling, and there has been a great deal of focus on falling standards of education.

The need to double-check writing is important in many fields. Anyone responsible for producing content for a business website will understand the school’s reasons for introducing proofreading services. Website owners often use professional help from news writing services to ensure accuracy, particularly on sections of a website which need to be written quickly to fit in with a publishing schedule.

Although Northgate High School’s decision may attract some criticism and comments about the standards of modern teaching, it’s likely that the head teacher is aware of the increasing pressure to produce error-free reports and avoid ridicule. In many fields, it’s becoming increasingly important to publish writing to a professional standard and to iron out any small mistakes before they are spotted by the public.

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