Training Courses

Proofreading : Introduction

One Day Course


This practical one day course delivers the proofreading skills needed to identify and correct mistakes so that copy achieves maximum impact.

You will cover how to read thoroughly and accurately and how to spot and correct the common spelling, grammar and punctuation errors that can ruin good copy.

This course makes extensive use of exercises to build your proofreading skills and confidence. You need no previous proofreading experience to attend this course.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

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  • Public Courses

    Small class sizes so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

    A great, cost efficient way to learn, discounts are also available for group bookings.


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  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    From £545 + VAT

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Functions of a proofreader
    • Approaches to proofreading
    • How to read thoroughly and accurately
    • Proofreading on paper and on screen

    Proofreading and editing marks
    • Understanding proofreader's marks and terminology
    • Commonly used terms: ens, ems, points, picas
    • Different types of proof
    • The dangers of relying on grammar or spelling checkers
    • Keeping a proofreading checklist

    Spotting mistakes
    • Dealing with tables and complicated pages
    • How to read and correct page proofs
    • Cutting and making lines

  • Punctuation
    • Punctuation marks defined
    • Common punctuation errors
    • Deviating from the usual proofreading rules
    • Spelling and punctuation tips
    • Regularly misspelt words

    • Avoiding common errors
    • Changes in current usage

    Working with the author
    • The role of tact

    Avoiding the common pitfalls
    • Misspelling headlines
    • Wrong telephone numbers or email addresses
    • Incorrect prices
    • Misplaced headlines or captions

    Practical proofreading exercises

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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  Our Clients

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We publish all our customer satisfaction stats live on our site (good or bad) because we want everyone to know just how highly you rate us every day, every week and every year.

We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 5364 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

The most recent comments from attendees of our courses are shown below. We reckon they will give you a pretty good indication of how they think we perform.

  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed5364
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.7 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

"Really great, friendly and approachable trainer who was happy to answer any questions"

"Very friendly and very knowledgeable, and answered every question that we asked. Would definitely do another course here."

"Good general overview course. Plenty of information. Interesting and fun. Instructor was very knowledgeable."

"It was all really relevant. All the basics were covered and I really enjoyed myself! Food was great."

"Covering a lot of information in a short session. The course being interactive with exercises throughout the day really helped the learning. "

"Breaking down the complex English language. Highlighting that more than one way is correct. Facilities were good."

"I liked that it was small groups with opportunity to ask lots of questions. A lot of good examples to help understand the subject. Breaks are a great idea. Love that there was refreshments. Lovely trainer!"

"Really good examples used during the course, trainer was immensely helpful in making the course relevant to asset management "

"Fantastic lunch, great space, lovely people"

"Very helpful. Having the course in such a small group made it really engaging and I got a lot out of it. "

"High quality expertise and lovely environment. "

"Excellent course"

"Good environment, small groups, great location easy interactive coursework "

"Thorough exercises and practice. Clear and concise explanation of rules of grammar and punctuation. "

"lunch was great"

"Very helpful and experienced! "

"Well organised day, and the course was well structured."

"Very good knowledge of proofing and good examples of uses of grammar, punctuation etc. "

"Clear examples and covered just about all relevant points."

"Relevant examples with lots of practical exercises, presented by an experienced trainer"

"Friendly trainer and staff .Very knowledgeable and I have learned many new skills"

"This was an amazing experience and extremely worth while with lots of good tips to take away with me to use in my work life. The office setup was exceptional, lunch was delicious and the trainer was very knowledgeable and extremely good at getting everything across in a easy to understand way. Thank you "

"Great small class sizes allow good interaction with the trainer. Good after course support. Great lunch. "

"welcoming, removed fear of 'getting it wrong' or asking questions"

"Communication & organisation. Quality of trainer & course was excellent."

"The course was brilliant. It was clear with good examples and a knowledgeable instructor. I was very happy with the course and would advise anyone to go on it. I feel like I've learnt so much from the day and can bring it all back to the work place. "

"Really great day - trainer was super, really interesting and knew her stuff. good activities/exercises. "

"I think the course was great, very interactive. Good at holding our attention and making us think! (sorry)"

"trainer was very friendly and approachable. They had a good connection with the room creating an easy and open learning environment. thank you "

"Everything was really well handled. I didn't know there was 6 months ongoing support, this is a nice surprise and could have been clearer when booking. "

"It was very helpful being able to attempt & practice what I was being taught at the time of learning. The provision of a Proof Correction Marks Sheet & a Grammar Sheet is a helpful idea."

"Piers is an extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and warm teacher. Always reiterating key points throughout the day, he really gave everyone a confidence boost in Proofreading. Thank you "

"Clear and interesting session."

"The delivery was engaging. I found it helpful to work through practical examples "

"Nice, relaxed environment, great location, small class sizes, well structured and covered a fair bit."

"Good clear examples - liked how we broke up the demonstrations with practicing so felt like I got some really useful skills out of it, instead of just talking."

"Everything. Welcome was warm and accommodating and class was small so absorbed a lot. Great refreshments and lovely setting. Would definitely recommend and would love to come to more courses."

"Patsy was really knowledgable, friendly and a fab trainer. She made us feel like we could ask questions at any time (which we did) and we knew we would be able to get a really detailed answer. She was really easy to get on with and I really liked the fact that we were such a small group. It meant we could get really personalised training today. Loved the venue and the super delicious food. Staff were really friendly too. Thanks!"

"Well communicated and structured course."

"Really friendly, offered my bike space inside rather than on the street. Patsy was really engaged and engaging. "

"The course was excellent. I expected it to be quite dry but the content was really useful. The handouts and worksheets were fantastic and put what we'd been taught into practice. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and found the intimacy of the session useful in allowing all questions to be asked. "

"The course was great and informative, motivational tutor, great location / environment and food was amazing!"

"Interactive with good examples"

"Providing the short breaks meant I was able to keep up my focus throughout and gave opportunities to chat with others. My dietary requirements were catered for. "

"Trainer was very knowledgeable, approachable, and responsive. I was very impressed. I have a good overview and am pleased there are plenty of online resources/course notes to take away."

"Great friendly staff. Really useful information. I felt like Patsy has really widened my knowledge on the english language and common mistakes when proofreading. She gave relevant examples and exercises to complete."

"Really enjoyable day. the staff are very welcoming and the atmosphere at the training centre is great. Friendly team and brilliant lunch and refreshments. Thanks! "

"Great teacher! "

"The whole day was just excellent. Friendly welcome, great facilities, knowledgeable and interactive trainer, fabulous lunch and refreshments. I would definitely recommend."

"Patsy had lots of great examples and exercises to do to test our knowledge and what we had been learning which I found really useful."