Lesson-planning is a key part of a teacher’s job, but some schools believe the only way to create consistency in the curriculum is to ask their staff to use PowerPoints created by departments. But is this really the best way to ensure consistency and how will teachers hone their lesson-planning skills if their lessons turn into a slide show? One teacher gives her view about this one-size-fits-all approach to satisfy Ofsted’s focus is on the curriculum: ‘So why, then, is it becoming increasingly more common for departments to dispense with this individualised method of planning, and to replace it with more of a one-size-fits-all approach? Well, time is a key factor – there is no doubt that one person creating a set of PowerPoints for time-poor colleagues is more efficient. And quality assurance is clearly much more streamlined when everyone is delivering the same lesson, in exactly the same way, at the same time. But I can’t help feeling like this is something of a downward spiral. If trainees and NQTs never plan their own lessons, how on earth are they ever going to develop this skill?’ Emma Lawton is lead English teacher across a multi-academy trust in West Yorkshire. https://www.tes.com/news/why-we-must-let-teachers-plan-their-own-lessons What are your views about PowerPoint teaching?