A guide to writing a Reflective Report
The purpose of the Reflective Report is to foster an ability to reflect on their experience and consider ways in which their developing understanding of the theory, which underpins practice, can help them to develop an attitude of critical awareness of their own actions, values, motives etc, and also to the actions, values and motivations of others that they work with. Students complete a weekly reflective report during level 1, and a fortnightly reflective report during levels 2 and 3. A form is provided for this purpose, which can be found in the Practice Handbook or on the website (www.baywat.weebly.com) along with guidelines about how to complete this for each stage of the course. However, the following points should be noted with regard to reflective reports for all levels; • • • Reflective reports are submitted by email to tutors by 4.00pm on the Friday they are due. Late submissions will be counted as a fail. They are graded using the practice CAS scale. There is no specific word count associated with reflective reports but, as a guide, level 1 should cover 2 sides of A4, while levels 2 and 3 will probably require a further side in order to provide adequate evidence of reflective activity. However, quality is more important than quantity, and the main content of each Reflective paper should be within the ‘Reflective Comments’ section. In order to attain professional accreditation, at Level 3 all students must meet JNC Level 2 requirements (CAS 12 or above) for all their reflective reports. Students who do not meet these requirements but do pass (CAS 9 -11) can still graduate without JNC professional accreditation. No more than 5 reflective reports can be failed in any semester, or the practice will be counted as having failed for that semester. Students are permitted to resubmit each reflective recording once in order to meet the appropriate standard. Normally, practice would be made up during the summer, but...
Bibliography: and Presentation All reflective reports should be submitted with a bibliography; failure to do so will result in the report being failed. The bibliography should reflect the core bibliographies from the programme, and use of ‘popular’ level texts will be marked down. In addition, repeated use of the same texts will also be viewed as indicating an inability to engage with a sufficiently broad range of views and ideas. The author and date should be cited within the text, using the normal Harvard style, but a page reference is not required for reflective reports unless the student is quoting directly. Extensive quotations are discouraged within reflective reports. (See the Programme Handbook guide appendix to referencing and bibliographies) Reflective reports should be written with a professional tone, avoiding overly informal language. Levels 2 & 3 At level 2, students are expected to not only reflect upon their own practice but also on how they and their agency communicate and liaise with other stake holders At level 3, students are expected to also reflect on how to manage change and how such change may affect staff, volunteers and service users. This should include aspects of monitoring, evaluation and training.
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