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Task Management Resources

Stephen Says:
Some children find it difficult to get started on a task, particularly when it involves generating their own ideas and recording them through writing. Having clear success criteria, on display and discussed, can help to provide the guidance they need to fully understand what is expected of them. For children with attention and/or language difficulties ensuring that instructions are clear, short and using vocabulary they understand can help. Children with learning difficulties often require greater structure, prompting and encouragement to work through the necessary steps to success. For children supported on a 1-1 basis or in small groups the use of visual prompts such as Now Next and task boards can enable them to succeed, without over reliance on verbal prompts and support from adults. This is critically important for children with attention and/or working memory deficits.

If you are looking for the following resources these have now moved to their own pages:

First Then Resources

Now Next Resources

Task Board Resources



3 Before Me

3 Before Me

This is an A4 poster to encourage independence. There are a range of strategies for students to try before asking for adult help.


Before Lesson Checklist

Before Lesson Checklist

Use this resource to help students develop greater independence over the things they need for lessons. This might include, pen or pencil, ruler, exercise book etc. Permission is given to adapt this resource provided source is acknowledged.


Countdown Visual Timer

Countdown Visual Timer

Use this to encourage child to start and sustain for up to ten minutes an adult directed task. Following this the child should earn reward of change of activity. This is best managed with additional adult support.


Independent Learning Task List

Independent Learning Task List

Use this task list to encourage independent working. Label four folders with the colours green, blue, red and orange. Place different tasks in each folder. Prioritise tasks by using the colour order. Reward activities can also be placed in the folders. Laminate for repeated use with whiteboard pen.



My Checklist - blank

My Independent Work Checklist

A blank checklist with space for up to seven targets and reward. Tick boxes to check off when target is completed.


My Independent Work Checklist

My Independent Work Checklist

A ready made checklist of expectations for good learning behaviour.


My Writing Checklist

My Writing Checklist

A ready made checklist of expectations and targets for writing with space for displayng the reward for achieving this.


Task Help Sheet

Task Help Sheet

An alternative format to a task board. Supports the development of independence skills. Use the analogue face to add the hands to show the time to complete task.



Visual Timetable with Clock Faces and Tick Boxes

Visual Timetable with Clock Faces and Tick Boxes

This is an individual timetable covering up to five activities. Each activity has a clock face so that hands can be drawn indicating when it will occur. There is also tick boxes to mark when each is completed. This sheet can photocopied for use each time. Alternatively, it can be laminated and used with the various resource card e.g. literacy, which can be stuck on using BlueTack. 20 resource cards plus 10 blanks ones are given.


You may also find the following pages useful:

Classroom Management | First and Then

Metacognition Resources | Now & Next

Task Boards