One Planning tools

What’s working and not working – an analysis of what needs to be continued, and what needs to change or stop, from different perspectives

Working and not working

Relationship circle – a visual summary of important people in a pupil’s life

Relationship circle

Appreciation – a record of a pupil’s positive characteristics, strengths and abilities


Communication charts – understanding how the pupil communicates to us (1) and how we communicate to the pupil (2)

Communication chart1

Communication chart2

Matching – a structure for matching pupil/adult support to an individual’s needs and preferences


Doughnut – clarifying roles and responsibilities (to support decision-making for older pupils)


Four plus One questions – a reflection on what has happened and what has been learned

Four plus One questions

Learning log – a record of learning and information about a pupil to improve how we deliver personalised learning and support

Learning log

Person-centred review meeting – the context in which person-centred tools are used

Person-centred review meeting

Good day/bad day – helps to understand what matters to a pupil and what needs to happen for them to have more good days and fewer bad days.

Good day/bad day

Important to and Important for – to learn both what is important to the pupil and what is important for them, and find the balance that works for them

Important to and Important for

Perfect Week – detailed description of how a pupil wants to live, including important places, interests and people that matter to them

Perfect Week

Decision Making Profile – creates a clear picture about how a pupil makes a decision and how they want to be supported in decision-making

Decision Making Profile

Decision Making Agreement – looks at specific situations that are important to a pupil, and sets out the decision-making process relating to each one.

Decision Making Agreement

Whats important to me? (using talking mats) – Talking Mats are a way for children and young people with significant communication difficulties to identify their likes and dislikes.

Whats important to me? (using talking mats)