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Lesson-planning: Five dos and five don’ts

How should you be planning your lessons to ensure the most efficient use of your time and to best support your pupils’ learning? Mark Creasy offers some practical dos and don’ts

Who do you plan for?

Seriously, stop and think about it. Who do you plan for?

I think the response to this question creates one of the great and false educational narratives, as the dissonance between appearance and reality – even as far as the stated and actual reality – is huge when it comes to planning.

And from this comes a vast pressure being placed upon teachers, which in turn is exacerbating the retention crisis.

We all know (or at least we should) that Ofsted does not require a specific planning format – all inspectors demand is that there is evidence of planning. So why is there such anxiety and stress among teachers when it comes to planning?

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