Creating Seating plan
Teachers can create their own Seating plans for their classes as well as any classes that they are covering. To create a seating plan, locate a class and go to Smart Seating.
- To begin, click on Create new plan
- Enter a name for your plan
- Choose your grid (rows and columns) or pick a template, if available.
- Click create to confirm your settings and open your new plan.
- With the desk menu open you can rearrange the desks within your plan
- Add new desks by dragging them from the desk menu onto your plan
- You can remove desks by clicking the "x" in the top right corner
- To quickly add students to your plan you use the autofill button located within th student menu
- You can also drag and drop students on the plan or click Add student on each seat
- The students' inclusion groups are displayed on the student list. You can filter by category to easily seat these students.
- If you make a mistake, hover over their image and click on the X to remove them from the desk.
- Click i to view or add notes for a student, for e.g. "Works better at the front of the class"
Top tip: you can create seating plans for any class, even those that you are covering. Search for a class by using the search bar at the top.
Prioritise an inclusion group on your seating plan
- Through the 'Sort' tab of the students menu teachers can prioritise a single inclusion group.
- This brings a selected student inclusion group to the front of the class.
- Schools using Behaviour can show points on their plans.
- SIMS schools that have included Assessment on their Data permission settings, can add assessment results on their plans.
When in Edit mode, you have some actions available on the top right corner.
Assessment: (SIMS only) Allows teachers to select 4 pieces of assessment to display on their plan. Only then they can toggle Assessment on their plan.
Duplicate: Teachers can create a duplicate of the plan for that class. This allows them to keep the current plan and make minor adjustments to a new one. Plans can be duplicated to another class taught by the teacher, in this case only the desk layout is copied.
Edit the grid: Allows you to increase and decrease the number of rows and columns. If you have desks and students outside the new grid, they will be deleted.
Delete: Delete the seating plan. All data will be lost, including student notes.
Flip plan view: This will flip the view from the front to the back of the class.
Fullscreen - Fullscreen removes the drag and drop section and the names of the filtered categories. This is a 'safe mode' of the plan that can be projected in the classroom without revealing any personal information.
Viewing saved seating plans
All seating plans are automatically saved in the Smart Seating screen of each class. You can go back to view and edit seating plans for your classes by returning to the Seating section under your class at any time, including plans other teachers have put in place for classes you are linked to.
You may create several seating plans for the same class, and even use different settings for each for e.g. each plan can display different aspects and assessment results.
Export and Print
Seating plans can be exported for your personal use and shared with Ofsted or your students to help them remember their seats.
You can export a seating plan by clicking the 'Export' button in the action bar.
- Use the orientation dropdown to choose wether you'll plan will be exported on a portrait or landscape page.
- The page size dropdown allows you select A4, A3 or even A2 for larger plans.
- The 'Actual size' option can be used to set the width and height of the exported PDF to match the dimensions of your plan.
- The additional options check boxes can be used to display more info on your exported plan.
Top tip: You can always use the 'Actual Size' page size to obtain a digital copy of plans that may not fit on traditional paper sizes.