Parent Reports - Entering Comments and completing (pre release feature guide)
This guide is for a new feature, currently being trialled. See our parent report guides for the current functionality.
This guide explains how to complete your parent reports ready to download or email to parents.
Entering Report Comments
You'll usually need to enter some comments to include alongside assessment data in a parent report - often a teacher's comment, but certain reports might include comments on pupils' achievements in individual subjects, targets for the coming year, or a headteacher's comment.
You'll choose a report template when writing your reports - that will determine which comments are needed according to the templates your school has created or customised.
To fill out your parent reports, navigate to Pupils and select the Parent Reports tab.
You'll need to select the term you're writing the comments for and also the report template you want to use. The academic year will always default to the current one, but can be changed if required.
The comment boxes will then be restricted to only those that appear in the selected template.
The first pupil in the list should be selected already, but you can click other names to open their comments.
Simply click in the comment box and start typing to enter comments. As you type, the comment will automatically be saved.
If you want to see what the final report will look like, as you enter comments, click Preview. You can also download a PDF or Word file here.
Indicating Comments Completed
To indicate that a comment is finished, and ready to produce in the final parent report, you can tick the Comment Completed box above each box. As you complete comments, a small pie chart next to each pupil name will update to indicate progress towards total comment completion for each pupil.
Ticking a comment as complete will lock it for editing, to ensure no unintended changes go in.
When complete, you can click Next Pupil to move to the next pupil in the displayed list, or just click the pupil name.
Approving reports as ready for parents
Approving a report enables you to indicate that any proofreading, or required checks, have taken place and that the report is now ready to share with parents/carers.
Reports may be downloaded without approval, but only approved reports may be emailed. This is to help ensure reports are sent when complete and error free.
Approving from the Pupils page
You can approve the reports, one by one, from the Pupils page by clicking Approve Report.
Any approved reports will have a green tick next to the pupil name.
Approving a report will also lock all the associated comments for editing.
You can approve a report without all the comments being ticked as completed. This is to allow you to manage the reports in a way that works for you without being forced to tick multiple boxes unnecessarily. You will still be able to see which comments have ticks and which do not.
You can see when a report has been approved, and who by. Approving is not limited to Admin users. This is to allow users who may not require admin access, but do have responsibility for reporting to parents, to complete approvals.
If you subsequently unapprove a report, this will unlock the comments for editing.
Parent reports may also be approved, in bulk, from Reports > Parent Reports.
Approving from the Parent Reports page
To begin, you may want to filter the displayed pupils to the correct year group or class. Use the standard filter tools at the top of the screen for this.
Then choose the term and template to see the status of all the displayed reports.
You can click the appropriate link in the Status column as a quick shortcut back to the Pupils page for editing.
To view a report preview, click a pupil name.
Use this to check the content and display is as desired. If any comments are yet to be marked as complete, this will be indicated. Click Edit Comments to return to the Pupils page and edit the comments for this report.
If you're satisfied that the report is ready to share with parents, click Approve to approve and remain on the current report preview, or Approve & View Next to approve the report for this pupil and move on to the next.
As you approve reports, they will be indicated with a green tick. The user who approved, and the date, are also shown.
Use the Approve menu to bulk approve. Approve All (or Unapprove) will act on all the currently displayed reports. So, if you've filtered to just year 2 and reports with all comments completed, Approve All will just approve those reports.
A confirmation will inform you of the number of reports you're approving and if any of the reports have incomplete comments before approving all.
Filtering by Status
If you're making use of the comments completed function, you may want to limit the displayed reports to those where all the comments are completed. The Status selection allows you to see all reports (default), those with comments incomplete (useful to check through and make any changes required for completion), those with all comments completed (useful for approving, particularly bulk approval) and all approved reports (useful for downloading or emailing).
Sharing with parents/carers
Once you've approved the reports, they are ready to share with parents.
According to your choice of approach, this can be done by downloading the reports, to print or send through your chosen means, or by emailing directly from Insight. See the applicable guide for details.