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The Learning Planner is part of the STEP Digital kit distributed to Gypsy/Traveller families as part of the Digital Families Programme.  The Planner has several functions and is particularly useful for pupils who do not attend school regularly and have limited staff contact. The Planner will:

Encourage parental involvement in childrens learning

Ensure that the familiesskills, attributes and values are embedded in learning

Offer a coherent learning pathway where skills are monitored, assessed and developed through the learning process.

Provide ready to use templates for planning and documenting 

Offer an at a glancerecord of learning

Provide handy references to online learning content


The Learning Planner

This Digital Families Learning Planner is designed to help everyone in the family use an iPad to get involved in learning.


It is easier to learn when you are doing things you enjoy. Teachers can use the learning preference grid with pupils to identify learners attitudes, interests and aspirations about education.

Planning my learning

Teachers can support learners set short and long-term goals for their education and careers.  The Planner has a range of ready to use templates to make the shared planning as straight forward as possible.

Documenting & evidencing

The Planner provides double-paged templates for writing and reporting on a weekly learning plan. Along with the the long-term planner, these weekly records can help young people and their families understand the value of using evidence to reflect on progress and achievement.

Templates for shared planning

The Learning Planner and DigitKits provide opportunities to get families involved in planning the learning. The role of parents and carers takes on an additional significance in blended learning situations where access to a teacher is limited. The learning will be more successful if families help with the pupils’ time management and support them to stay on target. 

The Learning Planner aims to encourage shared planning between the child and the teacher, and the child and the family. It is important for pupils to take the lead in their learning journey.  Child-led learning ensures that the learning content is interest-driven, and the pupil is engaged and intrinsically motivated.  

Teachers can support learners set long-term goals using the one-year journey template. Help learners create a mind map of where they want to be in one year’s time, and the step needed to get there.  

Use the weekly planner template to break down the long-term plan into manageable weekly tasks. The weekly planner is a great way for pupil and families to see progress and achievement within a short space of time .

The Planner includes templates such as to find out pupils’ interests and learning styles, short and long-term planning to explore aspirations for their education, and sections to add their favourite apps and websites which support their learning.