Im feeling rather frazzled by my planning at the moment, and its striking me how much is being piled onto the expectations of planning, and at some point something has got to give. Every so often we are told to include something else new in our planning, but never told to exclude anything. So as well as planning what im going to teach, how im going to teach it, and what the children are going to do to apply their knowledge - we are expected to highlight two occasions a week when we will be working with the higher ability specifically to extend a skill (to tick the G&T box), note on our Mental Oral planning section what kind of mental oral it is (problem solving, recall, recap, etc), (To show we are using a variety of skills there), include one example of visualisation a week, make sure talk partners are used twice a week (Develop communicating skills), ensure reasoning opportunities are explicitly planned for, and other things that ive actually completely forgotten about amongst everything else. I do not work in a particularly demanding school when it comes to planning, compared to some others, but it does strike me how ridiculous the planning process is in terms of box ticking. If they want us to focus on something in particular (such as developing childrens reasoning skills) that is fine, but something else has got to give. I am trying to cram so many things into my planning just incase anyone asks to look at it and then asks why im not doing X Y and Z that we were asked to do at a staff meeting so many weeks ago. The biggest problem is that we put so much effort into this ridiculous process, and my teaching is still exactly the same as it would be had I made notes on a f*cking napkin. I teach how is best for my children, adapt what im doing half way through to suit them, and do things impulsively as I think of them. I also rarely have the time to do everything on my daily plan because one hour (usually less if assembly etc runs over) is simply not enough time to do everything we are now expected to plan in, alongside daily classroom happenings (tidying up, solving conflicts between children, cleaning up sick etc etc) ARRRGGHHHHH. I am just feeling frazzled by it all today. I love the daily job, I hate the fact that we are not trusted to do it without reams and reams of ridiculous planning. Rant over.