Today’s BBC News Web site has a piece on Ofsted re-using sentences in more than one school inspection report:
An investigation has begun into claims that Ofsted approved “cut and paste” inspection reports using identical sentences and phrases…both reports say: “Some teachers do not plan learning for pupils at their different levels of ability and marking is not leading to improvement.”
Both reports make comments about the low attainment of pupils in reading, writing and maths which vary by just a few words.
Clearly it’s wrong if if a report has been put together with little thought, or if it contains information that is incorrect, irrelevant or inappropriate.
However, if the information the writer wants to convey has been said before, surely having access to a collection of re-usable sentences is a good thing?