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Plain English Webinars

SCPR is now running a series of plain English webinars – all of which are based on our popular in-house courses.

The webinars will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and are ideal for groups and individuals. Click on the links to find out more.

Click here to find out more about booking a place on our webinars.

In-house training

Our plain English training courses can be held at your offices at a time to suit you. We can also tailor the course content to cover any specific needs you might have.

The one-day in-house training course covers the following points during the morning session:

  • the reasons for plain English
  • understanding the different target groups (disabled people, black and minority ethnic people, young and older people)
  • basic problems - long words, long sentences, confused meaning
  • basic grammar
  • spoken and written English

The first part of the afternoon session brings all these into play with an exercise designed to build up editing skills using Robert Gunning's FOG Index. This is a popular part of the course and helps demonstrate how long words, long and passive sentences and surplus information can have an impact on the readability of a passage.

The second part of the afternoon session also answers some common questions, such as how to use a colon, when to use capital letters, use of the apostrophe and so on.

This month’s public webinars

The open events for November 2020 feature the 'Writing in Plain English' webinar. You can book one or more places on any of the following dates in November:

  • Wednesday 11th @ 11am
  • Wednesday 25th @ 11am

Click here to find out more about booking a place on our webinars.

Costs for in-house courses

Costs are £1200 plus VAT a day for up to 12 people. The price for each additional delegate is £75 up to a maximum of 16 people.

If the trainer has to stay in a hotel the night before the course, we'll also have to charge £100 a night for this.

Our travel costs will be charged at 40 pence a mile.

The standard course is designed to meet the needs of most clients. Some clients prefer to pay extra for a customised course, which uses examples from their own organisation. The extra cost for this is £500 plus VAT.

We also run a half-day standard course, plus a half-day letter writing course. These can be run at any time of day to suit you.

Half-day courses cost £650 plus VAT and expenses.

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"The North West Electrification Programme, part of the Government’s flagship Northern Powerhouse, benefited enormously from Shirley’s superb writing and editing skills, creative imagination and ability to engage with all staff and stakeholders involved in the project."

Kevin Thompson
Project Director

South Staffordshire Council NHS Trafford Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust Hackney Council Tyssen Community School & Children's Centre Wolverhampton Homes