Have you tried this?


The 5 Minute Lesson Plan is an online tool developed by Angel Solutions and Ross Morrison McGill of @TeacherToolkit.

Here’s what they have say about it…

Why was The 5 Minute Lesson Plan developed?

The 5 Minute Lesson Plan format was designed by @TeacherToolkit (Ross Morrison McGill) in 2012 with the specific aim of helping teachers plan their lessons quickly and effectively. We hope this new digital version of The 5 Minute Lesson Plan will help make life easier for hundreds more teachers as they start to build up online portfolios full of amazing lesson plans that they can continue to adapt over time.

Is The 5 Minute Lesson Plan designed for Ofsted inspections?

No, the 5 Minute Lesson Plan was never designed for Ofsted inspections and is not meant to belittle the cognitive process used in lesson planning. It was originally designed to help formalise the process needed to improve practice in the classroom, placing the focus on learning rather than the activity. It also aims to help teachers reduce planning time, particularly new teachers who so often report lesson planning as a burden.

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 achieve ‘Outstanding’ teaching?

Not necessarily. A lesson plan is only a tiny part of the enormous range of components needed to become a ‘good’ teacher. It is also not our place to define what is a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ teacher.

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