Not plain, no gain

5th December 1997 at 00:00
South Lanarkshire bears the Plain English Campaign imprimatur on its notepaper but it still baffles its councillors even if they are, like Bill McNab, former civil servants.

He asked at a recent education committee meeting what a "cohort" of pupils with behavioural difficulties was. "I have often felt like calling pupils a shower of something else, but never a cohort."

He took issue with the clarity of a paper by Ken Arthur, head of specialist services, who had written: "The uses of evaluation information are clear. These will include formative, summative and illuminative information." Not enough illumination, Arthur was told before being dispatched to redraft.

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