Understanding the numbers
Always be careful with numbers. Here there are two sets of numbers and you need to referto both sets. Note that only 12% of couples with children were in poverty, but this categoryaccounts for half the total ﬁgure.
What comparisons can you make?
The next step is to see what comparisons you can make. Again, this is not too hard to seein this example.age:1)no signiﬁcant difference depending on marital status2)the category least affected by poverty - account for a small proportion of the totalno children:1)the largest difference
either likely or unlikely to be in poverty depending on maritalstatus2)account for approximately a third of the total ﬁgurechildren:1)a similar difference
either considerably above the average or just on the averagedepending on marital status2)much the largest category, accounting for well over a half of the total
How can you organise the report?
There is no one way to do this, but whatever you do must be logical and include the keyfacts and comparisons. Think how you can divide your report into paragraphs - oneparagraph is not an option, it will look disorganised and you would lose marks forcoherence.The obvious and simple solution is to divide the report into two main paragraphs. Oneparagraph relating to percentages, the other overall ﬁgures.
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