I'm currently in my final year of a BA QTS course. I can clearly remember my first year, the hours upon hours of planning for 3 weeks teaching (all Maths and English lessons, one science, one music). And this was repeated for each placement. Now I'm in my final year. I'm pretty sure I was almost promised by university tutors that the planning side of things would get easier in time, it would become a faster process. It hasn't, while my plans have been approved I still find myself for hours agonising (sp?) over them, changing this and that and adding more and more to them. I generally don't use them that much- a glance before lesson, it's my fail safe- if I blank in my lesson I can look down and discover the next question I should ask, there written in my plans, just in case. I suppose I'm relying too heavily on them but would panic if I didn't have them there. So my question is.. how long do you, other trainee teachers, spend planning? Please tell me I'm not alone!