Lessons in Planning


Session: Plenary/Workshop
Length: 30-90 mins
Audience: Newly qualified teachers; experienced teachers; academic management
Free download: Lessons in Planning [Rose Aylett]
Case Study: The Art of Planning Exhibition
Newly-qualified teachers spend disproportionately more time lesson planning than their more experienced colleagues. Sometimes the amount of time spent planning can even exceed time spent in the classroom itself! One possible cause of this issue is the tendency of initial teacher training courses to present the lesson plan as a final product, rather than a learned process.
Based on action research conducted with teachers on British Council Egypt’s Teacher Support Programme (TSP), this session explores how to dramatically reduce teachers’ planning time, while maintaining quality in the classroom.
During the session, participants will take part in a group ‘speed planning’ activity to practise the techniques introduced.
We will also discuss:
– Common difficulties encountered when planning a lesson
– The benefits of adopting the ‘process approach’
– Simple, time-saving techniques for more effective planning
– Use of reflective questions to support the planning process


As a reflective practitioner, I am very open to constructive feedback. I’d love to hear from you if have attended this workshop. What did you take away? How could I do better? Would you recommend me?
Let me know…