Creating Effective Diary Pages For Primary Schools
How do you use your school planners? To support home-school communication? As a homework record? With a customised diary section, it’s possible to do so much more: monitor attendance, reward pupils on a day-by-day basis, gather feedback from your students’ parents, keep track of behaviour, or implement your unique school systems.
Before you begin, it’s important to have a good idea of what you want from your diary pages. Try sketching out a rough idea of what it may look like, and sift through The School Planner Company’s online Library of Page Ideas for inspiration.
Make your homework records relevant to your school
Many schools rush out and buy the first pre-printed school planners they find. Oftentimes, this leaves them with a sub-standard product that has been designed around how other schools operate; in short, it doesn’t work for them.
With a customised diary page, you can decide how you want your students to record their homework. You could organise it by day, list homework by subject, or even craft your own bespoke style to suit your students’ needs. The possibilities really are endless.
Pre-populate your pages
One of the most powerful benefits of a completely customised school planner is the ability to pre-populate your diary pages with important dates, events, and useful information such as daily spelling tests or assembly themes. If you choose the right print company, they’ll even handle all of the design work for you.
Improve home-school communication
By getting both your staff and your students’ parents to sign their weekly diaries, you can ensure that your students are on the right track and completing their homework. More importantly, however, you instantly open up a dialogue between the school and the home. You could include areas on your diary pages for notes home, or a system for parents to show how well their child is behaving each day.
If you’re not including a reading record elsewhere in your planner, it can be highly effective to run it alongside your homework section. With a customised diary section, you can print anything on both sides of the page, meaning you could have a homework diary on the left-hand side, and a week-by-week reading record on the right. Again, this is a great way to involve parents in their children’s education, and could encourage them to read more often with their children.
Rather than buying in individual books for spelling tests – which can easily be lost – you can build this into your weekly planner diary pages.
Monitor attendance and behaviour
If you choose to monitor attendance using your planners, you can add a small attendance record to each diary page. Alternatively, you could include a separate attendance record page later on in the planner.
Consistent brand identity
While it may not always be immediately obvious, your school has a brand that dictates how the local community perceives you. School logos are a major aspect of this. You can dramatically increase the effectiveness of your school’s branding and improve public perception of your school by using this logo in your letterheads and emails. With a customised diary section, you can also include this in the design of your weekly pages as a watermark. You should also consider including any school mottos or other phrases.