Hi, I'm an NQT starting on Monday. I have 2 year 10 classes (1 Foundation/1 Higher), both of which are sitting their Unit 1 exam in November. I don't currently have any information about the classes so it is really hard to judge their ability or what they have done before. I have been told that they should have started Unit 1 work last term, but I don't know what they did cover because it was left up to the individual teachers to decide which bits to do. I have been given a copy of the scheme of work but I am really worried about how I'm going to fit it all in. The suggested teaching hours for each topic (put into the scheme of work by a very very experienced teacher) mean that there is approximately 55 hours of foundation material and 70 hours of higher material for this Unit. There are only 24 teaching hours available with each of my classes before the exam. I have spent the past few days trying to work out my own medium term planning which will let me cover everything they need for the exam in the limited time available, but I am really struggling. When I look at how much I will need to cover in each lesson to finish in time for the exam I really worry that this will not give the students time to actually learn the material (information overload with very little time to practice anything). I want to help my students do their best, but even if I get through everything they need for the exam in time I feel that I will have let them down. I'm really not sure what to do.