If you all watched my Instagram Live earlier this week, you’ll know that I’ve been so excited about next year’s planners that I’ve already started using mine! Every single page of the new planners has been carefully designed to make sure it keeps every teacher organised: no matter if you’re an NQT, RQT, on SLT, SENDCO or been teaching for years. So here’s what to expect in the new planners and how you can use them. Enjoy!
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Personal Profile Page (1page)
This is obviously the most important page as it’s where you’ll do your neatest handwriting: the first page! I didn’t think it was necessary to put too many details about yourself, but rather some reminders of goals you have this year (I’ve made mine all to do with wellbeing rather than performance management) and also a very useful username and password tracker for those hundreds of school subscriptions!
Supply Information (1page)
Primarily for giving information to supply teachers, but this page can also be used for reminders for yourself, especially if you are starting in a new school setting. To use this for supply teachers, I would fill in this page with all those little details that my supply would need to know such as routines, class jobs, key children etc and photocopy it for them when they come in.
Professional Development (2 pages)
I don’t know about you, but my performance management meetings seem to come out of nowhere and I find myself preparing for them a few days before trying desperately to think about what I’ve been doing to work towards my targets. I know I have been working towards them: I’ve been working really hard but sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what I’ve done. This page is great for recording your targets for development and then there’s also space underneath to note any training you have been on or delivered. I even colour code my targets and training so I know which actions have contributed to which targets.
This Year’s Actions (double page)
This is the mother of all to-do lists! Based on Eisenhower’s Matrix, this is where you can put all of those actions that you want to complete over the course of the year. This is especially handy if you lead a subject or are part of SLT and want to plan out some actions towards the SDP.
Useful Teacher Finds (double page)
My absolute favourite page! I love social media and the amount I learn and get recommended from other teachers, but I always lose track of what they’ve recommended. Split into 4 sections, on this page I can record any useful books, apps, blogs or websites that have been suggested to me. I’ve also given myself space to rate them so I can remind myself of which ones were great and which ones not so.
Groups (6 pages x 6 groups per page)
Groups pages are really handy for a range of things. I've used mine for mostly school visits, but you can use yours for planning lesson activities, spelling groups, intervention groups... the list is endless.
Pupil Focus (66 spaces)
Last year we had both pupil targets pages and parent’s evening pages. This year I’ve given you 66 spaces to record notes about the development of and actions for children in your class/es or across school if you’re SLT. This can then be used to remind you of talking points for parent’s evenings too.
Intervention Plans (10 spaces)
Strategic planning and monitoring of interventions is key, so our 10 space intervention plans are great for setting up interventions but also keeping track of how those children are progressing. These could also be used for individual classes or for whole school plans.
Calendar (double page per month)
The planner calendar goes from August 2019 to July 2020 so if you’re a teacher teaching in Scotland, you’re covered!
Important Dates (double page)
I don’t know about you but I’m always forgetting those important dates that are coming up on the educational calendar. Especially as English lead, it’s important that I know when to plan in exciting opportunities to celebrate these dates in school. I have prefilled the months with some that I feel are important, but there's plenty of room for you to add your own.
Timetable (2 pages)
Our timetable has enough space for 8 lessons across the day and I’ve also made sure I’ve included two in the planner so that if you’re a secondary teacher on a 2 week timetable, it can still be recorded here.
This term… (6 x double pages)
I absolutely love the way this double page has turned out. There’s 6 of these in the planner so you can get super organised for each term ahead. The first page is an ideas page so you can scribble down all those ideas you have for a topic or lists of objectives for each year group: it’s a great open space so it’s really your choice. The next page is great for sorting out what needs to be done before the term starts, but also some key reminder of events coming up. I’ve also included a social media follows sections, as social media is my number one go to for ideas for the next term so I like to remind myself about what I saw and where.
Medium Term Planner (6x double pages)
There’s also one of these with each of the 6 medium term planning pages with 8 weeks per plan. If you’re teaching in Scotland, you can double up the planning pages when you need to if your term goes over 8 weeks. I use this page to plan my objectives over the half term, very loosely of course, just to give myself a clear overview of what is happening, when.
Planning pages (Whole academic year x double pages)
This year all of the planning pages are dated, meaning they can also be used as a diary. The dates go form mid August to the end of July, so again if you’re teaching is Scotland, I’m making sure the planner suits you too. Each planning page covers the whole week and is split into 6 lesson sections. There’s also space as the side for notes and of course… a to-do list. A TPTC planner wouldn't be complete with out some great teachery quotes too, so you'll find a new one for each week.
Meetings (34 pages)
Each planner contains 34 meetings pages with space for notes but also space to separate actions from the meeting.
Assessment Record (8 double pages)
I’ve included 8 of these in the planner this year, with space for 35 children. I’ve also greyed boxes in groups of 5 for easy use. You can also find these pages in our marking, feedback and assessment records.