Hey everyone, I wanted to share the good news that our department's KS4 French numbers went from 10 to over 40 this year.... yay! We now have two Year 10 French classes. And I was given one of them. Overall, they're a lovely group - almost all boys - but the range of ability is shocking...!!! I've not taught anything like it before. Currently, I am always including 'extension tasks' which are more challenging and only reveal them when my two brightest boys have finished. The more able are very eager to work - but - even including my extensions - the weakest pupils will have done one or two parts of the first task (if I'm lucky!) before my brightest have already finished. I also use a system of normal text, italic, bold italic to show pupils what I expect ALL, MOST, SOME to do in each task (with exercises getting more difficult) I also spend all of my time flitting from one of three specific pupils who just cannot do anything unless I personally guide them. I have told these kids that they need to attempt the work on their own and encouraged them etc... there is an improvement but every lesson is exhausting! To make matters worse, my HoD has the other group - and she seems to have flown through the tenses with them and says she is almost ready to attempt a controlled assessment! This made me panic - as I've done present and perfect tenses with mine - only in a LOT more detail than we would have done at KS3... I'm worried I've gone too slowly... I'm so used to teaching small groups now - this is my 7th year of teaching! :/ Anyway... I'm just venting now... Wondered if anyone has other ideas about differentiation? How can I push my A*'s while I whilst supported those who are FFT E grades?