Report Writing for Beginners 1 Day Workshop

This one-day report writing course has been designed for anyone wanting to learn the basics of report writing, and covers the structure, presentation and organisation of your reports. It includes practice sessions on aspects of report writing.

This workshop is currently available online as Face-to-Face Live Online Learning using Zoom for public bookings. We are able to offer classroom sessions for private bookings — please get in touch for availability.

Course Overview


  • Standard Price

  • SME
    Fewer than 250 staff

  • Public Sector Price

  • Large Charity
    Over 31+ staff

  • Small Charity
    Fewer than 30 staff

  • *Per person, excluding VAT

  • Duration

    1 day
  • Location

    Interactive online sessions delivered via Zoom. The link is sent to you after booking.


    Public classroom sessions are held at 3rd Floor, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE

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Course Overview

This Report Writing for Beginners workshop is available both in the classroom and online through Face-to-Face Live Online Learning sessions. We are able to offer both online and classroom sessions for private bookings — please get in touch for availability.

The content delivered is the same and we create the same interactive and engaging environment via Zoom as we do in the classroom. However, some elements will have been adjusted for online delivery, with sections for self-guided study.

What you will learn

On this one-day workshop, you will learn:

  • To understand the function of reports
  • To review the process of report writing
  • To be able to analyse and improve one’s own style
  • To be able to produce concise, effective reports

Themes covered

  • Types of report
  • The focus: Who is it for? What is it about?
  • Collecting and organising material
  • Drafting a report
  • Accuracy
  • Writing style
  • Summarising
  • Statistical information
  • Appendices
  • Writing practise
  • Deadlines, budgets, etc

You will have the opportunity to practice aspects of report writing. Participants are encouraged to bring in examples of reports they have written or any material that will help them to begin writing a report.

Related courses

As well as this full-day session, we also offer the Beginner Report Writing Half-Day Workshop that covers many of the same themes within a shorter time-frame.

If you need help beyond this programme fulfilling your personal action plan, then we also offer 1-to-1 Executive Coaching which can provide you with an insightful and structured space to discover and develop yourself further in order to achieve even more positive results.

Group Learning Events

Looking for a private group event for your team, or even your whole organisation?

We can organise a date that works for you, and we can tailor the content to your team. Our private workshops can be held online, inhouse at your workplace or here at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, Central London (following current government guidelines).

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What are Happy's online events like?

In this short video, take a look at some of the ways that we create interactive, engaging experiences online using Zoom.

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The Small Print

For Face-to-Face Live Online Learning

All learners will need to install Zoom on their machines. Full technical requirements are on the Zoom website. Your link will be included in your joining instructions once you have booked your place — if you haven't received this email then please contact our team.

You should reserve out 10am to 4.30pm in your diary for the learning. This will allow you to join the interactive workshops and have time to reflect and do the assignments in between. We believe immersing yourself in the content for a whole day will create deep learning and lasting impact. 

Learners should log into the training session 10 minutes before the start time to ensure that they have downloaded and set up Zoom correctly. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals.

Your active participation is expected: everyone will be heard and seen throughout, just as they would be if we were in a room together. To be heard, hear and seen you will need a microphone, speakers and camera — if you have a modern laptop that’s all you will need. Remember, you’ll need a quiet place to call from and a decent internet connection is a must.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

For classroom sessions

All public classroom sessions take place at Happy's HQ in London at Robert Dolan House, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE. Please see our Contact Us page for full directions and a PDF map.

The course will run from 10am to 4:30pm (lunch is served 1pm to 1:45pm — we offer a choice of 3 cold bowl dishes). Please be careful to arrive by 9.45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

The happy Guarantee

We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Coronavirus Policy

In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak we want all of our customers to be reassured that we are working to maintain the highest standards of Health and Safety. We are monitoring the situation closely and are following all current Government guidelines.

Please see our Coronavirus Policy for more details and the latest information.

If you have any questions or concerns, our friendly team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can leave a message on 020 7375 7300 or email us at

Did you know...

...writing a single sentence summing up the aim of your report can help create structure and reduce waffle?

Happy also has courses in grammar and punctuation, as well as specialised training in Microsoft Word that centres on the preparation of long documents and reports. 

Perfect Grammar and Punctuation to enable you to write grammatically, punctuate correctly, and effectively structure and layout letters and emails. Find out more

Microsoft Word: Long Documents and Reports to enable you to format your long documents by adding a Table of Contents, and use cross-references and reviewing tools. Find out more