I teach a mixed year 5/6 class and this year have children whose abilities range from level 1 to level 5. I have a TA four morning a week and, because of the situation, a teacher who comes in 2 and a half days to support maths and English. On days when it's all 3 of us it's okay, but the rest of the time it's a logistical nightmare. I feel like I'm doing double planning for every maths and literacy lesson because the lower ability children are nowhere near ready to stay and listen to the teaching input at the same level as the rest of the class (we're talking children who can barely string a sentence together and are just starting to count in tens). It feels that either my LA children are not getting adequate support or my G & T children aren't being stretched. Planning is a nightmare and taking over my life. Added to that, a few of my LA children have behavioural problems and cannot be left to do anything independently because they just bicker and get nothing done. Can anyone in a similar situation offer any advice, please?