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About Us

PlanBee is made up of a small (but perfectly formed) team of ex-primary teachers who have put down their interactive whiteboard pens in exchange for life behind a desk.

Whilst this does have its benefits (we get to go to the loo whenever we want!!), we will always be teachers at heart and we’ve made it our mission in life to ensure that those fearless souls who continue to live life in the classroom can do so with a healthy work-life balance.

That’s where our lesson planning comes in.

PlanBee was born out of the desire to help teachers address an ever-mounting workload. From planning and assessment to assemblies and risk assessments, there is always, ALWAYS, at least a hundred things on a primary teacher’s to-do list.

Sadly, this can be overwhelming and contributes to too many ace teachers leaving the profession.

We want to stop that from happening. We want to make sure that good teachers can do the job they love AND have a life outside of the classroom.

You put so much into teaching - you deserve time for yourself too.

So what do we do to help?

The bees spend their days planning in-depth, creative and challenging schemes of work and whole curriculums, complete with lesson plans, slides, differentiated activities and a wide range of printable resources.

These packs are designed to be able to be able to be taught instantly (but can easily be tweaked to meet the needs of individual learners).

We know what creating a great lesson takes - we’ve spent the last 10 years honing our skills - and we have the time to really get stuck into the nitty-gritty and ensure that the planning is of a seriously high quality. It takes a single bee at least a week to create a five-lesson scheme. We don’t scrimp on the details; we slave away meticulously until we are happy with it.

Meet the team

Becky Cranham | Director

Becky founded PlanBee back in 2009 after five years in the classroom. For a long time, PlanBee was just Becky and a laptop but now, thankfully, she has a team of bees around her to help keep things going. Becky’s favourite subject to plan for is History and she can often be found at her desk, with her headphones in, listening to a showtune as she works.

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I set up PlanBee in 2009 to help redress the teacher workload balance. I love finding new ways to make teachers' lives easier and writing about educational ideas and issues for both teachers and parents.

In the News:

'14 fun but educational things kids can do at home during school closures' – Chronicle Live

'Storytelling Week fun for all' – Yorkshire Post

Twitter:

@PlanBeeBecky

Oli Ryan | Senior Resource Creator

Resource Creator by day and DJ by night, Oli joined PlanBee in 2014 after having been a PlanBee customer himself during his teaching career. Oli is PlanBee’s resident technical wizard, making sure we’re all, like, totally 21st century. As you might expect, Science and DT are top of Oli’s favourites list when it comes to planning a scheme.

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I'm a former UK primary school teacher, now writing for planbee.com about issues affecting teachers, schools and pupils.

'Why are we letting politicians scapegoat our schools for soaring knife crime?' – The Telegraph

'Wellbeing: 9 ways to avoid illness before Christmas' – tes.com

In the News

'Teachers concerned about primary pupils' use of social media' - Surrey Live

'Put Environment on Curriculum' - Yorkshire Evening Post

Twitter:

@PlanBeeOli

Catherine Lynch | Senior Resource Creator

Catherine joined PlanBee in 2014 after teaching for six years in Reception and KS1. A bit of a research machine, Catherine loves the opportunity to get stuck into a meaty topic, but also uses her extensive KS1 experience to help turn potentially dry research into fun, hands-on activities for little learners. Basically, she’s the total boss of KS1 planning.

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I'm a former primary school teacher and resource creator at PlanBee. I'm a qualified Play Therapist and I am interested in mental health and wellbeing in schools and government education policy.

In the News:

'Teacher advises on how to help kids cope with bereavement during coronavirus’ - Metro

'Ten ways to improve your child's wellbeing during times of crisis' - The Scotsman

Twitter:

@PlanBeeCath

Laura Steele | Resource Creator

Laura joined PlanBee in 2016 after being a KS2 class teacher for 11 years. Her old teaching buddies used to joke that working at PlanBee would be an ideal job for Laura and now here she is. Yay! Making the move from Sheffield down to Surrey for the job was a monumentally big ask but all the bees are so very glad she did it.

Emma Wooldridge | Resource Creator

Emma arrived at PBHQ in 2020 after teaching in a primary school for eight years. She loves writing about education and has a particular penchant for creating fun English lessons linked to her favourite children's books. When not busy being a bee, Emma loves anything sport-related and is a qualified gymnastics coach.

Abby Harper | Resource Creator

Abby joined the ranks in 2017 after being an enthusiastic user of PlanBee’s resources in her own classroom for a number of years. Part teacher and part puppy-wrangler, Abby loves that having to do so much research for so many different subjects and topics means she can now thoroughly trounce her family and friends during pub quizzes.

Josephine Hollister | Admin Assistant

Josephine bounced her way into PBHQ in 2018, ready to take over the admin and get everything ship-shape. She now spends her days helping to take care of customers, processing invoices and getting all the finished resources up onto the website. Oh, and talking about food. She does that a lot.

 

So there you have it. That’s us in a nutshell.

Are we a small team? Yes.

Do we have fancy marketing teams and design departments? No.

BUT – we are passionate about what we do and genuinely believe that what we can offer teachers improves not only their own well-being but also the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom.

Don’t believe us? Try one of our free mini-schemes to check out how we roll or have a chat with one of the 100,000+ teachers who are already enjoying our lessons.

We look forward to seeing you at the hive soon and, in the meantime, if you have any more questions about us or what we do, just drop us a line or find us on social media. We’re always happy to chat.

The PlanBee Team x

Press and media

As leading providers of primary school lessons and resources—and as former primary teachers ourselves—we're well-placed to comment on education and all matters affecting schools, teachers, pupils and parents. From curriculum to teacher stress, the dangers posed to children by social media, avoiding the summer learning decline, and, inevitably, Covid-19, we're ready to share our expertise and insight.

Our senior team—Becky Cranham, Oli Ryan and Catherine Lynch—are available for interviews and expert commentary.

For media requests, please contact Susan Delgado: susan@empra.co.uk | 07739 364 899


In the News

Edinburgh Evening News


Education expert and former primary school teacher Becky Cranham, of PlanBee, explains how to incorporate learning activities your youngsters can do while they view.

The Scotsman


 

Former primary school teacher Catherine Lynch, of education resource experts PlanBee, has ten tips to help parents boost the mental health of their children.

Metro


The survey of hundreds of parents carried out by education resources and lesson plan experts PlanBee, found just 11.8% of fathers are taking the lead on helping their children keep up to speed.

The Scotsman


 

Online educational site PlanBee suggests these recipes to try this week, and offers craft and activity ideas on the theme of VE Day.

Express


VE DAY is today, and it is the 75th anniversary of the event. Celebrations will be different this year, but here's how to celebrate VE day while in lockdown - and how to explain what VE Day means to your children.

Metro


Teacher advises on how to help kids cope with bereavement during coronavirus

Waitrose Weekend


Parents of school-age children are about to enter their fourth week of home lessons. Lucy Allen asks how families can keep up their enthusiasm, maintain good mental health and stay happy

The Voice of Islam – Drive Time


Oli spoke to Samar about International Children's Book Day and the joy of reading at home.

The Telegraph and Argus


AS it sinks in that most schools probably won’t re-open until September, parents of young children are scrabbling around in the dark trying to work out the best way to cope.

Yorkshire Evening Post


Being able to tell children stories is not only a great bonding experience but also a fantastic way to develop their early literacy and emotional skills.

The Telegraph


With Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg in the news, schools are teaching children how to navigate global issues.

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