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SCPR Limited - Plain English training and editing for the public and private sector

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.

Half-day courses

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.

Open training courses

A series of one-day open training courses will be held during November 2019 at ‘The Studio’ venues across the UK

Glasgow: 13 November 2019 at 67 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE.

Manchester: 20 November 2019 at The Studio, The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN.

Birmingham: 27 November 2019 at The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP.

Each course runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm and costs £250 per person with lunch and refreshments provided. Book two or more places and pay only £200 for each delegate.

The courses follow the same format and content of our popular in-house training courses. More often than not, people who attend the open courses then go on to book SCPR for their in-house plain English training.

Click here to book your place on the course.

For full details about The Studio venues, visit www.studiovenues.co.uk

Full-day and half-day prices

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.

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

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.

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