The NASUWT is clear that lesson planning is an essential contributor to effective teaching and learning and is therefore a key element of professional practice.

Planning is most properly regarded as a means to an end (i.e. effective teaching and learning) and not as an end in itself.

The Independent Teacher Workload Review Group on eliminating unnecessary workload around planning and teaching resources included important findings around the frequency and volume of planning.

These findings make clear that detailed and weekly plans should not be a routine expectation. A copy of the Group’s report, which was accepted in full by the DfE, is available on this page.

The NASUWT’s action short of strike action instruction include these findings and are available for you to use to secure effective marking practice in your school.

If your schools planning policy and practice is not consistent with the action instructions, further help and advice is available from the NASUWT.