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The 5 Minute Lesson Plan © simply aims to reduce planning time for teachers. This online tool has been developed by Angel Solutions working in close partnership with Ross Morrison McGill of @TeacherToolkit.


The 5 minute lesson plan…

  • 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.

  • Is The 5 Minute Lesson Plan copyright protected?
    The 5 Minute Lesson Plan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. This means any adaptations are still the copyright of @TeacherToolkit Ltd.

  • What are the benefits of paying for a subscription?
    With the Free Trial of The 5 Minute Lesson Plan available on this website, you can only create and download one-off lesson plans. For the small price of £36 per year for a Personal Licence, you will have full access to The 5 Minute Lesson Plan, meaning you can save multiple lesson plans and build up a database of lessons. You will also be able to share plans with other teachers, search, organise, re-use, edit or download lesson plans from anywhere with an internet connection, at any time that suits you Click to find out more…

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Angel Solutions…

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Angel Solutions are the biggest little education company you’ve never heard of.

We work with nearly every Local Authority in England and provide school improvement solutions to thousands of users across schools and children’s centres in the UK and overseas. Formed in 1999 and based in Liverpool, our team works out of an office that has been transformed into a Circus as they embrace creativity and work tirelessly to bring you the best education tools possible!

Perspective & Perspective Lite

Perspective is a comprehensive school improvement suite for individual or groups of schools, which can include a FULL version of the 5 Minute Lesson Plan, as well as a multitude of other services. Contact us to uncover all the extra benefits Perspective would bring to your school!


Teacher Toolkit…

Teacher Toolkit

Teacher Toolkit, by Ross Morrison McGill, is one of the most influential education blogs in the UK.

Ross is Assistant Vice Principal of a rapidly improving inner-city school in North London. He is the author of 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding Lessons, an award-winning teacher, a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper on education matters and a former SSAT Design Technology Lead Practitioner. He is responsible for improving the quality of teaching and learning and has a national profile as the leading contributor and organiser of online CPD within a growing community of education professionals.

You can follow Ross on Twitter @TeacherToolkit or go to the Teacher Toolkit website.

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The free version of The 5 Minute Lesson Plan tool is just a taste of the tools we are developing to help teachers.
Have a look at the coming soon section to see what else is in store!

The 5 Minute Lesson plan and a whole host of additional features are available
to every Children's Centre and School in England through our free tool, Perspective Lite.

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