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School reports.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by saz0908, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Just read my son's school report and I'm delighted with the teachers comments. I skimmed over the attainment in each subject just so I could read the general comments again.
    For some reason the comments mean more to me than his attainment levels.
    Is it just me or do others skim the levels?
  2. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Mine have long since left school and are at uni, but to me reports in general lost all credibility when they went from hand written to produced by some software package.
    I know from experience that computer written reports often have the same old statements 'cut 'n pasted' from one child to the next. That coupled with the fact you cannot actually tell the truth anymore, means the whole exercise is a politically correct waste of time.
    Mind you, the 'old days' when the words 'good' or 'satisfactory progress' were about as good as you got weren't much better (I'm talking back in the 1960s and 70s).
    My own school reports frequently told of my 'lack of understanding' and 'failure to make any progress' in the sciences, yet here I am and experienced and excellent (others' words, not mine!) science teacher!
    I guess in the end it's results that count!
  3. I understand what you are saying but these comments were definitely not "cut and pasted" as they gave examples of work and incidents where my son has shone. The wording does describe my son exactly.
    Your point is valid though because if you look at my old school reports I shouldn't be doing this job!
  4. Wera6

    Wera6 New commenter

    Let's face it what we think of as 'education' should be turning children into adults, and adults that than take a place in society. It really doesn't matter it seems to me, what they have studied (specifically) over a term or year, other than they have gained something from it, have grown up a little and have been a pleasure to teach. (Or at least tolerable!) I have always liked to see the personal views of the teacher rather than acres of print about the curriculum and the trips.
  5. Oh for the good old days when you could say exactly what you meant. I remember in my early days of teaching being given a bottom set girls' PE group in the dining hall. (I was an English specialist, but had a pulse.) I tried EVERYTHING, to no avail. I remember one girl being incensed at the end of the year when I gave her an E. I advised her to read my comment which was totally true: 'X obviously considers the walk to her PE lesson sufficient exercise as I have yet to see her remove her coat in class.' No comeback from the parents or SMT in those days!
  6. My favourite ever comment about my son aged 6 at the time.
    D is able to use the percussion instruments with care and control but often chooses not to...
  7. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    It's a shame we feel we have to write in euphemisms these days which I am sure many parents take literally, e.g. "easily distracted" means it's not the child's fault they can't focus but some naughty other who has stopped them learning. The reality being that the appearance of a fly in the room can lead them to class-stopping disruption while they have some significant drama about the event/what you've said to them/what another child has said/what they misheard someone say etc. etc.
    One of my favourites was from a PE teacher to a boy in my class (a long time ago now): "Richard sets himself the lowest possible targets in my lessons and consistently fails to achieve them."
  8. there was the time the high achievers in literacy in master p's class all
    had the phrase 'uses punctuation surreptiously' - can't remember now
    what the adverb was actually meant to be
    and in y5 his report included 'really enjoyed taking part in the y5 production' which would have described what he'd done, and would have fitted him to a t
    except he was performing professionally at the time, so he took no part in the y5 production
  9. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    They days when you could write comments like 'Joanna needs to understand that the learning process involves two people and one of them should be her' are long gone. I mourn for the demise of the real school report - it's a lost art. The stuff we're expected to churn out now in secondary is meaningless sanitised cack.
  10. there are plans afoot to remove the comments from our reports and just have the levels the pupils get in each assessment instead. [​IMG]
    yawn. mind, report writing is dull when you have to be so bland.
  11. Cestrian

    Cestrian New commenter

    A favourite comment from an ex-colleague (very "old-school") was "X has turned the avoidance of work into an art form" [​IMG]
  12. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    " X finds the allure of his neighbours impossible to resist." is a particular favourite.
  13. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    On one report I got an interesting comment for PE. This was in the days when only those who were good at PE were given any attention from the teacher, and I was always the last person picked for a team in PE lessons (get the picture?)
    'I haven't seen much of Belle all term'
    Too dam right....I was bunking off! At least the teacher was honest!
    I did get a B+ for cookery with the comment I was making excellent progress in the subject. Interesting as I didn't actually do cookery at school!
  14. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

  15. just think what you could have got if you had done cooking!!
    (or might it have been lower? [​IMG] )
  16. Yep totally agree, I just skim the levels then the most important thing for me is the effort grade. As long as he's consistently putting in his best effort then that's all I want!!!
  17. Elsie Teacher

    Elsie Teacher New commenter

    My Dad taught French and PE in the 60's and 70's. He wrote on one kid's report: 'One day 'John' will make an excellent football.'
  18. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Awww........thank you!
    LOL! [​IMG]

  19. Hee hee love it.

    As a parent I certainly skim over the attainment targets etc and just want to know what my son is like as a little boy in through somebody else's eyes other than mine. It is sad that we have to be so careful as to not upset the apple cart/parents!! I do actually say it as it is....maybe it is easier as I work in SEN and teach them for 9 years at a time. So by the 5th year you really can say it as it is!!!!
  20. oh yes - when son was at nursery, ofsted were just moving in on that patch, and i had a daft little report saying he could snip with scissors but not cut out (why on earth do i remember that?) knew numbers, colours etc
    what i really wanted to know was could he play with the brio with other children without hitting them over the head with Henry, and such like

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