Welcome to our look-through of the TPTC Teacher Planner for the 2021/2022 academic year. I’m really excited to share the new planner with you. On this page I’ll be going through each of the 7 tabbed sections of the planner: Teacher Focus, Pupil Focus, Calendar, Term Plans, Weekly Plans, Meetings and Assessment.
Section one is the Teacher Focus section. This contains everything to do with you as a teacher but also a focus on your wellbeing too.
The teacher focus tab page has space for your details followed by a section for setting yourself three annual goals. I like to keep these about wellbeing so that I can keep them separate to my professional development targets. At the bottom there’s space for keeping a record of usernames and passwords for all of those school subscriptions or handy websites we need to keep track of.
Behind the tab page is the key information page. In our original teacher planner we called this the ‘Supply Teacher Page’ as it was a really handy page to photocopy or keep out for a supply teacher who wasn’t familiar with the school. It gives a general overview of routines and roles within school such as who the DSL is and when your break duties are.
The professional development pages are a great way of keeping track of what your PD targets are and how CPD is helping you towards achieving these targets. I’ve also added a box this year so that the teacher standards can be referenced with each target as well as a section to celebrate successes and look at next steps in your mid year review.
This next spread is based on Eisenhower’s Matrix and allows you to split your big to-do list for the year into sections so that you can prioritise your job list. There may even be things that were on your list that you realise aren’t necessary or things you can save for a later date.
These next few pages are some of my favourite in the planner. Our 'useful teacher finds' pages are great for recording all of those useful resources that you find out about. We’ve included a place to record useful websites, books, podcasts, blogs, books and apps. There’s also a column next to each one so you can rate them once you’ve used them and know which ones to recommend to others.
Last year so many of you loved your wellbeing review page so we brought it back again this year. This is a really great way of keeping your wellbeing at the front of your mind. I usually like to set myself a particular target such as not working past 6pm. I then colour-code my days according to how well I’ve done meeting my target. Such a flexible resource so I can’t wait to see all of your ideas this year!
A brand new page to this year’s planner is our habit tracking page. Similar to the wellbeing review, it allows you to track yourself against some targets. It could be that you want to set yourself a target to drink 8 glasses of water a day or an exercise regime that you want to keep at. There’s space for several different habits throughout the year.
Section two is the Pupil Focus section. In this section you can keep a track of the pupils in your group or class.
The tab page itself asks you to focus on ten targets for your class this year. Last year’s focus page had a focus of positivity but this year we’ve left it completely open ended. You could set ten ways you're going to promote reading this year or ten ways you are going to try outdoor learning. We’ll have a free template ready to download from the website in February so you can make your targets match your planner.
We then move onto the groups pages. These are handy and flexible pages that you can use in a variety of ways for your class. I used mine to keep a record of groups for school trips as well as how I was splitting children into table groups for particular subjects.
Following on from the groups pages we have the intervention pages which can be used to plan interventions that will be happening in your class. There’s space to plan the intervention, identify who will be participating in it, which members of staff will lead it, how much time it will take, what the target is that you want them to achieve and then a space to evaluate its impact at the end of the intervention.
Then there’s our pupil focus pages which allow you to keep track of targets for children in your class. This could also be used as an aid for parents' evening when you need specific goals at hand or it could be used as a way to track particular groups of pupils such as pupil premium pupils or those working in an intervention group.
Section three is the calendar section
The calendar tab itself has some lovely little prompts for planning out your year. I’m sure after the year we have had there will be lots of lovely things we will want to plan in for our fresh school year! It’s a great page to reflect on what you want from the year, things to be grateful for and things to look forward to.
After the tab page there is space to record your consultations and appointments. Most teachers use this space to record parents' evening appointments but it's completely flexible.
After this there’s space to write down important dates for the year. This spread is great for seeing the whole year at a glance. You might use it to plot in awareness days from your TPTC wall planner or family birthdays.
The calendar section then moves into our double page calendar spreads going from August 2021 to July 2022. The calendar pages also come with a column to add notes and remember our matching planner stickers are really handy for these pages.
The final page in the calendar section is another brand new page to this year’s planner: a birthday page. We had this page in our very first TPTC Planners and our TPTC Community have repeatedly asked me to bring it back, so here it is!
The next section is the term plans section. This is where you map out all of your ideas and draft your medium term plans for each term.
The tab page itself is a long term plan and then this is followed by an additional long term plan behind it.
The term ideas page is where you plan out all of your ideas for the upcoming term. We’ve made the change of adding a dotted grid to the ideas section this year for a bit more flexibility. On the other side there’s space to make lists of resources important events, reading and social media follows/ideas for the term. There’s 6 of these double pages in this section so that you have one for every half term.
After the ideas page, is the medium term planning page. I use this to list all of the subjects I am teaching down the side and how they are being covered across the term. If you’re working in a secondary school, you would put your year groups down the side and plot what you are covering each week over the term.
Another improvement we have made on last year’s planner is that we have included a seating plan and timetable (the final timetable is in your weekly planning section) for each half term so that if you need to change things up you can record it easily in your planner for each half term.
The next section is the weekly plans section. This is where the magic happens! My social media feed is just full of beautiful and useful weekly planning spreads so I can’t wait to see them again this year.
The tab page is handy for recording key information that you might need during your planning time such as useful websites, staff with a particular expertise or where to find subject resources on your school's network.
Then I’ve moved the 6th and final timetable to the front of this section to act as a master timetable page. Behind this I’ve added a big ideas page. Perfect for your ideas for the upcoming academic year.
After this we have another brand new page to the planner: a term organiser. It allows you to plan some specific things for your year such as how many weeks are in each term, special events, displays that you want to complete and visits/visitors that will be happening that term.
We then go into the weekly planning pages. These pages are all dated from Monday to Friday each week and come with 6 periods per day. If you needed more than this we would recommend splitting up some of the rows. To the side there’s also space for notes as well as a to do list for the week. And any TPTC planner would not be complete without our positive affirmations - some are serious… some not so!
The final page in this section is your year evaluation. A chance to look back and reflect on how the year has gone and record some happy memories.
The sixth section if the meetings section.
The tab page has space to record dates and times for particular meetings such as staff meetings and set meetings, as well blank boxes for your own records.
There is then a section of full meetings pages which have space for notes. These pages also have a space for actions so that you can record a to-do list from your meeting however it's also perfectly handy for doodling too!
We have also added in several pages of briefings pages. These are handy when you don’t need a full page for a meetings and just need to make a few notes.
Finally we have the assessment and records section.
The tab page allows you to keep a contents list for your records so that you can easily find what you need. There's also a space to record when important assessments are happening in your school or year group.
This section contains 16 record pages. 14 are double page spreads and 2 are one page spreads all with enough room to record 35 pupils.
And there we have it! The full TPTC Teacher Planner!
Each planner comes with corner protectors to keep them looking perfect throughout the year and a matching spiral so that the planner can be turned in on itself if you like to write that way. It also has a coordinating elastic to keep your planner held together when it's bulging with staff meeting handouts, as well as a pocket for your stickers and notebook.
Also matching our planners this year we have an A5 notebook as well as an A4 notebook, washi tape and our brand new matching planner stickers.