Plain English for the public sector

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Get ready for the new regulations on plain language

In the public sector, all your public communications need to be clear, concise, accessible and
user-focused
. What’s more, upcoming regulations will mean that all public service bodies must use plain
language when writing to the public. This will apply to new and updated content in everything from
websites and leaflets to forms and emails.

Using plain English helps all readers to understand the first time they read. It can save time and money because it reduces customer queries and complaints. It’s particularly helpful for people with literacy issues and non-native speakers of English, but research shows highly literate people prefer to read plain English too.

Plain English training will help your writers understand the principles of plain English and how to apply them. It will give participants the skills and confidence to write clearly and effectively – and to comply with the plain language regulations. Highly practical tailored workshops for small groups are based on your own content for practical exercises (online, in breakout rooms).

After this plain English workshop, you'll be able to:

Who should attend?

This Plain English for the public sector workshop will help you to prepare for the upcoming plain language legislation. It’s for anyone who is  involved in writing for the general public or for other public sector agencies. It will be of interest to experienced writers who would like  a refresher or who are new to the area of plain English. It’s also for new writers and editors who want to understand the principles and practice of how to use plain language in the public sector.

What’s covered in this training

1

What is plain English?

2

Plan for plain English

3

Write in plain English

For a more detailed course outline, please get in touch.

Course delivery options ​

Live online training

Choose a practical interactive online session. Then, for more practice, write some new plain English content, which will be edited by your trainer.

Tailored in-house courses

Get the training you need with customised onsite training for your teams. One-day or half-day courses for small groups.

Bespoke coaching – online

One-to-one sessions focus on your challenges and objectives. Practical exercises are based on your own communications.

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