#5MinPlan series

The 5 Minute Plan Series:

As teachers, I cannot imagine you’ll disagree with me when I say that we are all pushed for time. The demands placed on educators in any type of classroom, plus the expectation for planning to meet the needs of all students; or the expectations placed upon teachers from systems and management, can create unnecessary bureaucracy. The original 5 Minute Lesson Plan was designed to reduce planning time. That’s it! Simple.

*Updated March 2015: Welcome to The 5 Minute Series. Downloaded in over 180+ countries across the world! From September 2014, The 5 Minute Lesson Plan format is now available in digital format. This has been 18 months in development and has now been used in over 80 countries.

The 5 Minute Digital Lesson Plan


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The 5-Minute concept philosophy, has evolved into the variations that you can find now find below.

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  1. The 5 Minute Lesson Plan by @TeacherToolkit
  2. The 5 Minute Assembly Plan by @TeacherToolkit
  3. The 5 Minute Interview Plan by @TeacherToolkit
  4. The 5 Minute Lesson Evaluation by @IanMcDaid
  5. The 5 Minute Behaviour Plan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner
  6. The 5 Minute Marking Plan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner
  7. The 5 Minute Results Analysis by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner
  8. The 5 Minute Meeting Map Planner
  9. The 5 Minute Governor Agenda Plan by @ClerkToGovernor
  10. The 5 Minute Lesson Review by @TeacherToolkit and @Shaun_Allison
  11. The 5 Minute Ofsted Plan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner
  12. The 5 Minute Inspector Calls Plan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearning
  13. The 5 Minute TA Plan by @R1chWilliams with updated version here.
  14. The 5 Minute Staff Well Being Plan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner
  15. The 5 Minute Tutor Group Plan by @TLIdeas
  16. The 5 Minute I’m Stuck Plan by @Abbie_Tucker
  17. The 5 Minute CPD Plan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner
  18. The 5 Minute AfL Plan by @TeacherToolkit and @PivotalPaul
  19. The 5 Minute Class Profile by @MissieMaths
  20. The 5 Minute Gifted and Talented Plan by @TedfordDanielle
  21. The 5 Minute Parental Engagement Plan by @PW2Tweets
  22. The 5 Minute Test Results Analysis by Daria Kohls
  23. The 5 Minute Coursework Review by @JoBaker9
  24. The 5 Minute Literacy and Numeracy by @EduKayte
  25. The 5 Minute Strategy Plan by @LeedsArtTeacher
  26. The 5 Minute Meeting Plan by @LeedsArtTeacher
  27. The 5 Minute Research Plan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner
  28. The 5 Minute Change Plan by @TeacherToolkit and @ssgill76
  29. The 5 Minute Behaviour Fix by @TeacherToolkit
  30. The 5 Minute Exam Review by @Laura_OLeary
  31. The #5MinWorkloadPlan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner 
  32. The #5MinAchievementPlan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner 
  33. *NEW* The #5MinMainThingPlan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner (April 2015)

The Series:

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Over the past 7 years I have been asked many questions about the idea. Here, you can read a some of the Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Is The 5 Minute Plan designed for Ofsted inspections?
  • No, the 5-Minute Plan was never designed for Ofsted inspections and was not designed to belittle the cognitive process used in the lesson planning. It was originally designed for new teachers to the profession, to help formalise the process needed to improve practice in the classroom – to focus on learning, rather than the activity – whilst aiming to reduce planning time that so many teachers report as a burden in their early years.
  • Do Ofsted accept its use?
  • Yes! But remember, it was never designed for this purpose and Ofsted do not expect to see a lesson plan! “Do not focus on the lesson structure at the expense of its content or the wide range of other evidence about how well children are learning in the school.”
  • Will The 5 Minute Lesson Plan help me achieved Outstanding teaching?
  • No! A lesson plan is only a tiny part of the enormous range of components needed to become a ‘good’ teacher. It is also not my place, to define to you what is a ‘good teacher’.
  • Can anyone use it?
  • Yes, feedback from many teachers working in many sectors and in many countries, report that the format can be applied to any given context.   It was created to reduce planning time and give teachers the time they needed back! To provide every teacher with a *suggested overview of what is important in the classroom. To place the focus on learning and not the activity.

Other formats:

  1. The 5 Minute Medium Term Plan by @OliverTrussell – Excel


21 thoughts on “#5MinPlan series

  1. Do you have pdf versions of the evaluation plan, behaviour plan, marking plan, Ofsted plan, afl plan, class profile, gifted and talented, parental engagement, results analysis and TA plan? I really want to use them, but they are not printing well from the links above. TIA, Nic

    Posted by Nicola Richardson | November 26, 2013, 7:11 PM


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