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Online Plain English Diploma course

Until recently, the workshops for our diploma course were held in London and Manchester, so it wasn’t feasible for vast numbers of people to attend.

With the changes that have been made to people’s working arrangements, we’ve had to adapt. As a result, we’ve moved our diploma course online and can now offer it to more people than ever before. So, no matter where you are working, anywhere in the world, you can now enjoy our most popular course.

We run the first workshop online over two consecutive days. You then complete five assignments and email them over to us. We’ll mark and grade them and send them back to you.

You will also need to prepare a presentation, which you will deliver online to the rest of the group.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure about any of these details – we’re here to support you before, during and after the course.

Contact Terri Schabel on 01663 744409 or email for more details.

2021 plain English awards

You can view our plain English awards for 2021

2020 Foot in Mouth Award nominees

Here are the 2020 Foot in Mouth Award nominees. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 1 December.

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As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations and to mark a new partnership – and in a slight break from tradition – we’re releasing some of our award nominees a little earlier than usual. We’ve also created some new categories to mark our sponsorship of this year’s awards. Please note that these are not award winners. Award winners will be announced in early December. considers 2019 ‘the year of confusion’ and we can only agree. There are those who have helped make some sense of an often baffling year, and those who have only contributed to the general bafflement. This early release contains a few culprits of the latter variety. For more plain English villains, and all the heroes fighting against obfuscation and gobbledygook, tune in again for the full and final list of winners and losers in early December.

Read more: Plain English Award nominees 2019

2019 Awards

Please send in your award entries - we're almost halfway through the year (!) and while we already have some excellent candidates, we could always do with a few more. Email or get in touch via our social media pages right up until the end of November. Thanks!

2017 Awards

It's time for this year's Plain English Campaign award winners.

It's been a mixed year for clear communication, but as usual, there are plenty of things to cheer, as well as jeer.

GDPR help for small businesses

Since May 2018 small businesses need to be GDPR compliant. What does this mean?

The way companies communicate with their users, and how they handle and process the information they hold about their users, will need to change. This is so all company practice falls in line with new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) guidelines. The guidelines are EU-led, but identical guidelines will almost certainly be written into post-Brexit UK legislation.

Read more: GDPR help for small businesses

GDPR - are you ready?

You’re probably aware of the upcoming GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) deadline (and if you’re not, you really should be). But will how you hold, share and use information be fit for purpose once that deadline has passed?

Read more: GDPR - are you ready?

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