My year 10s are unspeakable - their mock results were dire - at least two grades below their targets - and they have no work ethic at all. Aside from seriously considering resigning - I quite obviously can't teach for toffee - I'm wondering about giving every piece of writing they do a grade based on the official criteria - in the hopes that it might give them a bit of motivation. They won't peer mark (they just can't do it), they won't work in groups. Most of them won't work full stop. This will give me a lot of work - but will it help? Does anyone out there give an official mark for every piece of writing?