Answered By: Sarah Purcell
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2017     Views: 1657

Sometimes in your assignments you will need to discuss information or examples from documents which may need to remain anonymous due to confidentiality agreements. Examples might be school policies, children's work, or other materials gathered while on placement. 

In these situations, you may wish to use an Appendix in your assignment. This is a separate section which contains the specific example or extract of a document you are discussing in your writing, anonymised to remove any identifying details such as school names or pupil names. In your writing, you would state 'see Appendix 1' or similar (it may appear in brackets if it is placed at the end of a sentence) instead of referencing the work in the usual way. 

Key points:

  • Remember to anonymise the document, removing or covering any mention of the school or person(s).
  • If in doubt, check with your tutors about their preferences in presenting these sorts of examples. There's a good chance they've been asked before!
  • It is not necessary to include a whole policy or document, particularly if it is long. Try to include only the extract(s) which are relevant to your discussion.
  • You Appendix should be given a title e.g. Appendix 1: Behaviour management policy
  • The appendix usually appears after the reference list, but ask your tutors if you are unsure.
  • Words in the title pages, reference list and appendices are not normally included in the final word count.