Plan on a Page

If you are involved in education and use twitter you can’t not have seen Ross McGill’s (@TeacherToolkit) excellent ‘5 Minute Lesson Plan’.  A great resource that supports teachers with planning effective lessons, in 5 minutes or less.  More details can be found here:

Teacher Toolkit

This inspired us to produce a ‘Plan on a Page’, based on the great principles of the 5 minute plan:

  • Saving precious teacher time
  • Supporting teachers to plan for effective learning
  • Satisfying the criteria for good/outstanding teaching and learning

At the moment we are trialling it in school, but it looks like this:


The idea is that teachers can use the POP (Plan on a Page) to plan engaging learning episodes to run through the lesson (not necessarily 3 though!).  For each episode they will also think about how it will be differentiated and how learning will be assessed.  The learning hook is an engaging and interesting activity to hook the students into the learning.  The rest of the boxes are self explanatory.

An element of reflection is also built in.  At the end of the lesson, teachers can do a quick tick on whether students were:

  • Focused
  • Engaged
  • Enjoying the lesson
  • Making progress

At the moment we are in the early stages of using it, so it will be interesting to see how it develops over time – and how useful people think it is.  Early feedback from staff has been positive though, which is encouraging.

If you’d like a copy, download using the link below.  All feedback welcome.


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3 Responses to Plan on a Page

  1. tsalliance says:

    Excellent as always! Really good idea and once again I’d been tinkering with a Shoreham Academy version, with our own pedagogic speak and you’ve beaten me to it. I’ll send it your way when I get a moment.

  2. Thanks Matt – would like to see yours when done.

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