How to Use a Teacher Planner

Whether you’re a newly qualified teacher at a primary school or a more experienced teacher with decades of knowledge, a teacher planner is a tool you need in your armoury to help succeed in not only teaching pupils, but in an organisational sense too (what’s worse than not having your day and lessons planned out?).

If you’re a teacher that is just starting to use a teacher planner, you may not know how to use it to its full potential. In this guide, we explain how to use a teacher planner as well as the key features to look out for that will make your life that little bit easier!

Choose a planner that is suitable for your needs

Making sure the planner you’re going to use for the term or academic year is a priority you need to consider before heading back to the hustle and bustle of school life, as this will set you upon a more organised and successful path. 

Whether the bindings are traditional wire bound or a loose leaf option, different layouts for day-to-day usage, customised planner covers – the options are endless, when it comes to choosing the planner that is right for you. If the planner you have is not bespoke to your needs, you may not reach the potential the planner has.

At Penstripe, we have a wide range of bespoke teacher planners available for those who are looking to elevate their planning skills and to keep up to date with their student’s progress.


Teacher Planners designed to help with productivity, organisation and wellbeing for your team

Lesson planning

A major part of being a teacher is planning lessons, and it’s a task that takes up a lot of time both in and out of school hours. This leaves many teachers wondering how they can make the process more efficient

Using a teacher planner will help with planning lessons and their objectives, which gives you the guidance you need to ensure a successful class of pupils. Having a planner to hand is a game-changer for teachers who are constantly on the move and Penstripe’s planners have easy-to-use lesson planning sections.

Keeping notes on class information

Teacher planners should include a section that contains a range of class information such as:

  • Every parent’s contact information
  • Class list and their birthdays
  • Medical information
  • Classroom seating chart
  • Daily schedules

Filling in these sections will be self-explanatory, but once completed it should help with the general wellbeing, safety and knowledge of your class.

Day to day usage

Once you have chosen the perfect teacher planner for your needs and filled in the necessary information, it’ll be time to use it in your day to day role. Whether that be making notes from meetings or parents evenings, notes from an observation lesson or for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) purposes, you will need a reliable teacher planner to hand.

In Penstripe’s teacher planners, we cover all bases for day to day, rigorous usage no matter what option you choose. All of our planners are built to last so you can be sure you get a high-quality product that you can use throughout the year.

How can Penstripe help with mE?

Producing a range of bespoke teacher and student planners, we have decades of experience in creating school planners that work. Our consultative approach ensures that you are provided with the ultimate teacher planner for the school year and beyond.
To arrange a free sample pack, get in contact with one of our experts who will be more than happy to help you with your requirements; to learn more, look through some of our testimonials.