I have a bottom set (level 4c-6c) maths class and am in my second year of teaching. This class are causing me so much stress and I really have no idea what to do. I can't even do my job anymore because their behaviour is so bad. I can write out reports on their behaviour yet nothing ever seems to change. They are all in detention at least once a week but still they come in and won't settle down to work. There are 28 of them and any nice activities I do back fire when they throw the resources around or just sit there and look at them. I have resorted to textbook work as it results in the least cleaning up for me afterwards and I still have equipment. I hate to say bad things about the children I teach but they are just not very nice people. They insult each other constantly, they argue constantly, they make personal comments about each other and occasionally me and when they get bad marks on their exams they blame me for not teaching. I just don't know how I can make them listen, pay attention and let me teach! Any ideas? I have tried asking my department and all they say is that this is a bad year group.