Hello-I work in a small special school. The budget has been tight due to school cuts by the government. As a result there has been a restructuring of the groups that are taught in our school. We used to teach English groups in separate groups according to their course and level. Now the groups in English lessons will be combined meaning that I will now have to teach all of the children in the Key Stage in the same group. For example, in the one KS3 group I will deliver GCSE year 1 & 2 as well as Functional Skill (Entry Level and Levels 1&2). There are 11 children in the group but as this is a special school each of them have a lot going on. For example, they all have a vision impairment and have different ways of working-e.g. large print and different levels of Braille). Add to this their other needs (behavioural and learning disabilities) and it makes for a complex planning challenge. Our school has not offered any support on how to do this. I worry especially for the children doing GCSE since I won’t be able to devote as much attention to them in each lesson as I have in the past. Similarly, I don’t want to let my Functional Skills group down. Have any of you gone through a similar situation? I’ve had a lot of experience differentiating work-but having to plan for completely different courses in one lesson is difficult. I think I will have a TA with me in lessons, I am not afraid of working hard-I just feel the SLT don’t understand what they are asking us to do. Thank you for any thoughts!