I am a new (very new) teacher in a special school for children with emotional and mental health difficulties. So far it's going well. My main problem is with planning lessons in a reasonable time frame. I'm part-time and I teach fifteen lessons a week, each one an hour long and all of them delivered in very small groups or even 1:1. I get five hours of planning time. This isn't enough for me to fit everything in. What are everyone's best tips for making planning more manageable? At the moment I am prioritising the lesson plans for the students with the most complex needs, as they require my constant guidance through every step of an activity, whereas students who are experiencing fewer challenges can do some autonomous reading or written work for part of the lesson. I want to make sure I have good plans (for my sake as much as the kids' - I feel as if I'm on a trapeze without a safety net when I don't have a decent plan!) but I don't want them eating all my time when I'm only on a part-time salary. I know I should get more efficient with practice, but any tips would be welcomed.