Starting can be difficult
Some new users struggle to get 'lift off' !! And it is probably harder now than before. Craig Woodfall, who has played a major role in its development and is one of the most experienced users of the Planner, says that he is glad to have started when the Planner were fewer features - the choices were much simpler.
Other users might have some contributions to make on this topic. Please feel free to send your comments to the discussion list: StudentSupport@yahoogroups.com
How to achieve 'LIFT-OFF'
Try to be clear about two or three (small) things you would like to
This will give you a clue as to what to attend to
Note: Don't get distracted by anyone else's 'good ideas'.
Knowing what you want achieve and how that will serve your school better is important (see governance)
For example, do you want to
And is there a role for the Planner at all at this stage of your development?
A common approach
Some schools use the following pathway beginning with this website, especially
Follow the links on these pages for more detail.
Suggested possible next steps at your school
After installing the Planner on the school server:
1. Identify the 'owner', that is, the staff member(s) who will
2. Provide shortcuts to selected staff
3. Decide on codes (these should match the everyday language used in the school as much as possible - but they can also be used to refine terms used in the school)
7. Gather existing key data from various sources, Class Teachers, Guidance Officers
11. Check on progress & refine practices (routines and arrangements)
It is NOT about using the Planner.
It is really is about your school's development and how that will contribute to the success and well-being of all concerned.
We construct our knowledge, actions (responses), tools and arrangements in our conversations. The key is to use the Planner in ways that promote and support informed conversations between those involved in supporting students who need support:
And you might like to have a brief phone conference from time to time to discuss progress ( and any challenges or difficulties) and to follow up on things that may not be not clear.
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