The practice of issuing an annual "chequebook" style set of reports to the parents of high school students seems well past its sell-by date to me. Surely modern communications offer opportunities for more flexible, timely feedback to parents and students. Having said that, I think we could improve reports overnight by adopting a few simple rules: no more "Joe is a clever boy / Joe is very able/ Joe is a hardworking pupil / Joe is conscientious" comments. These represent ego-centred feedback, and undermine resilience; no more "If Joe works hard he will make good progress" comments. This is obviously true of all students to some extent, and so provides no information to parents and learners. " What rules would you add to this list?