This article is for administrators of a group of services on a 'network' account.
A planning template is a Storypark plan that is pre-populated with regularly used content, from which teachers can start a new plan. Templates are designed to save your teams time so they don't have to start from a blank page every time they want to create a plan.
You may wish to create network-specific templates so that all your services are planning in a consistent way or to embed best practice across your network.
The planning templates you create in your head office and select in your network setup will be available for teachers across all your services to start new plans from.
Create network planning templates in your head office
To create and edit your network planning templates go to your head office service's 'Planning' page.
1. Create a new plan or open a plan you wish to adapt. Learn how to a start a plan here.
3. Once your plan is ready it's time to turn it into a template. Click Save template in the top right menu bar and give your new template a name. Learn more about creating planning templates.
4. View any templates you've created on your 'Templates' page under 'Our templates'. You can click on any of your template names in the left-hand list to view a snapshot of it on the right.
Understanding your network setup planning templates page
Your network setup 'Planning templates' page lets you select the network planning templates you wish to make active across all your services.
There are three main areas on this page:
The bottom left list, 'Head office templates' displays all planning templates listed in your head office and can only be seen by network administrators (see the 'Create network planning templates in your head office' section above to learn more). You can select templates from this list that you want to apply or 'make active' across all your services.
The top left list, 'Active templates', displays all sets that you've made active. These templates can be seen and used by all your services.
The area on the right displays the template name, the status (Active or Inactive) a snapshot of what the template looks like, and a button to activate/deactivate (add or remove the template to/from all services).
Activating your network templates
To make a network planning template active across all your services:
1. Select the template name in the bottom left list under 'Head office templates' and click the 'Activate' button on the right.
You'll be asked if you're sure, and once you confirm, you'll see your template listed on the left under 'Active templates'. It can now be seen and used by all your services.
What your services see
Once a network template has been activated it is available to all your services. Now, whenever a teacher creates a new plan, they will see any network templates you've activated in the displayed list.
The difference between normal service templates and network templates
Normal service templates can be created, edited or deleted by any teacher in a service:
Network templates are view only – unable to be edited or deleted:
Note: If a service wants to create their own version of your network template, ie. if they wish to personalise it by adding their children or links to it, they can start a plan from the network template, make any personalised changes to the plan and then save this as a new template with a different name. This new template will be their own personal template, not a network template any longer and any subsequent changes you make to the network templates will not affect it.
Updating a template
At times you may wish to change or update one of your templates to bring it into line with latest thinking, curriculum changes or best practice.
Any edits you make to planning templates will be live and visible to teachers in your services. This means if you want to update your template, it’s best to do it at a time people are unlikely to be starting plans, or you could create and activate a new template and deactivate the old one.
Deactivating a template
You can activate and deactivate templates quickly and easily at any time. To deactivate or remove a template from all your services:
Select the template name in the bottom left list under 'Head office templates' and click the 'Deactivate' button.
You'll be asked if you're sure, and once you confirm, you'll see your template disappear from the 'Active templates' list to the left. It now can't be seen or used by any of your services. Your template will still be available in your head office and be listed under 'Head office templates' so you can choose to activate it again at any time.