The #5MinPlan Series

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Welcome to The 5 Minute Series, downloaded in over 210+ countries across the world! The original 5 Minute Lesson Plan format is now available in digital format. This was 18 months in development and has now been used in over 80+ countries. Development still continues as more and more schools continue to use the online version …

Updated April 2018: There is a training programme for schools here.

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. I’ve been using the original 5 Minute Lesson Plan since 2007, which was designed to support new teachers plan better lessons and focus on what’s important. More importantly, to also reduce planning time. The cognitive process all on one page: simple!

The 5 Minute Digital Lesson Plan


@TeacherToolkit Ltd. by Ross Morrison McGill is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on all work published at

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


The 5 Minute Plan Series:

  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 Paul Wright
  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 5 Minute WorkloadPlan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner 
  32. The 5Minute AchievementPlan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner 
  33. The 5 Minute MainThingPlan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner
  34. The 5 Minute TeachMeetPlan by @TeacherToolkit (August 2015)
  35. The 5 Minute Staff Briefing Plan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner (August 2015)
  36. The 5 Minute ESOL Plan by @ChloeFibonacci and @TeacherToolkit (April 2018)

The Series:

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Below are some of the Frequently Asked Questions I’ve received since 2008.

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.

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