Last reviewed on 2 September 2021
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Hazelbury Primary School has replaced traditional end-of-year reports with pupil-authored learning journals. Teachers have better work-life balance, the headteacher saves over 400 hours a year and parents get all the information they need. Here's how you could achieve this too.

What's different about this? 

Instead of each class teacher writing 30 full reports at the end of the year – consuming their evenings and weekends – and the headteacher spending 466 hours checking over every report for over 1,000 pupils:

  • The whole process happens during school hours
  • Teachers and pupils add to learning journals "little and often" throughout the year 
  • Teachers have a 5-minute conversation (no longer!) with each child in their class each term to review progress and set targets
  • Pupils update their learning journals during regular reflection lessons 
  • Leaders monitor quality via informal 'book-looks' of journals during the year
  • Teachers fill in simple cover sheets that fulfil the statutory reporting requirements and go home to parents with the learning journals

You're in a primary school, where it's usually one teacher writing the whole report for a child  You can give your class teachers 4 days out of class a year. (Hazelbury decided the cost of supply cover was worth it for the impact on teacher workload and work-life