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Ipswich: School to employ proofreader for teachers’ reports

09:17 22 November 2012

Northgate High School headteacher David Hutton

Northgate High School headteacher David Hutton


CORRECTING spelling mistakes, adding missing punctuation and checking grammar are all things people would expect a teacher to do to their students’ work.

But a new role introduced at Northgate High School will see the teachers’ work get the red-pen treatment.

The proofreader and copy editor position was advertised on the school’s website, with a job description explaining that: “The school reports to parents on a regular basis about how well their child is progressing at school.

“The post holder will check and amend the electronic reports to ensure that they are well written and complete before being released to parents.”

Responsibilities include correcting “typographical errors, e.g. spelling mistakes, poor or missing punctuation, incorrect capitalization and word spacing,” ensuring “that the reports are grammatically correct,” and improving “poor grammar”.

Those taking on the part-time positions will also help staff whose reports need “extensive correcting by giving them feedback on their report writing and tactfully suggesting strategies to help them improve”.

Headteacher David Hutton defended the new position, saying: “Our examination results year on year demonstrate that Northgate employs very high calibre teaching staff.

“Between them they produce literally thousands of well written comments each year that keep parents informed about the progress of their children.

“Making a final quality check prior to publication merely indicates the high level of professionalism we strive to achieve.”

What do you think about the new role at Northgate? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN, or e-mail


  • Whatever hope can there be for the pupils if we have what amounts to semi illiterate teachers? There is no excuse for this at all and it is a sad reflection on the low standards expected in our schools nowadays. Detention for the teachers to put this right?

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    Chris B

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Like the skool I two aint got no prufreeder so sory if I spel badley or if gramma aint gud in me comment. But I do fink that skool teechers shud be abel to spel proper wivout aving to employ a prufreeder and fink its disgracefull.

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    John Whitehead

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • I don't think this is a bad thing at all. It can be easy to make mistakes that spell check does not pick up. For example, how many times have you accidentally typed he instead of she just because you did hit the S key hard enough? I know they should read them through but sometimes you just miss the little words like that... or at least I do.

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    If you ask me...

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • And this is to train the "teachers" who are "teaching" our children! Send the teachers to school to get GCE English language.

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    Derek Hayward

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • I am amazed and disappointed to read this. What chance have the students at Northgate got to be proficient in English if, by the admission of the headmaster, the teachers cannot be trusted to write grammatically correct sentences and spell correctly. Surely this is a case of papering over the cracks and the real problem not being addressed is that they have employed unsuitable teachers in the first place. It suggests that all will look fine when parents read the memos sent to them but in house the students are being taught by teachers who cannot string a correct sentence together. When I attended Northgate spelling and grammar was drilled into me and I would certainly get extra homework, lines or even a detention if I didn't spell correctly. It's obviously not the case any more and its a sad state of our education when English language is better expressed by those learning it as a second language than by those who pass through our own education system. It certainly explains why the exam pass rate gets higher every year, it's simply because the standards are dropping. The Northgate teachers fell through the gaps in our education system so what hope is there for their students? It is little wonder that in comment columns such as these and forums that I regularly see people who don't know how to use the correct spelling of 'there' or 'their' and more recently the use of 'of' instead of 'have'.

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    Dopey Donkey

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Surely, this should read “Making a final quality check prior to publication merely indicates the low level of professionalism we have come to expext from our teachers who have a poor understanding of spelling, punctuation, capitalisation, word spacing and grammar generally"???

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    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • That's Tony off Holyoaks !

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    the opinion man

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Just another slur on the teachers who have a hard enough job already. More local government crap no doubt.

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    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Unbelievable, surely those teaching children should have more than adequate ability to ensure their own reports are correct without a proofreader! How can they expect pupils to care about correct grammar, spelling etc when the teachers can't even do it without help?

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    Thursday, November 22, 2012

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