Lay the groundwork

Preparing what to teach can take up a considerable amount of your time. Mark Enser outlines a few simple steps that will improve your planning and take the pressure off your first term

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Along with marking, planning is a teacher’s biggest source of workload – a fact that isn’t going to change any time soon. With new GCSE and A-level specifications already being taught, and changes to assessment models at all key stages, the need to plan effectively and efficiently has never been greater. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can follow to make sure that your planning is as good as it can be without overloading yourself with work.

Plan for learning

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