I'm an NQT and I'm teaching an *extremely* weak year 8 class who are mostly level 3 / low level 4. I'm tearing my hair out with them and would really appreciate some advice. I cannot teach from the department's schemes of work because the work is just too hard for them and I've been told to do whatever I think. We read some of a novel which they enjoyed to start with but then got bored of, other than a few really weak ones who never followed along and didn't even turn the page in time. I'm trying to plan lessons which help work on their literacy, but it's really hard, especially since I feel duty-bound to cover the curriculum at the same time. The trouble is, I just don't feel equipped or trained to teach children of this sort of ability. My passion and expertise is in literature: give me a good GCSE class and I'm in my element; but here, I'm just at a loss. I've managed to secure a computer room for one lesson a fortnight and I'm using that lesson this week to get them playing spelling games, which hardly feels productive. I've gotten 2s and 1s on my observations with other classes, but here I don't know if I'd even scrape a 3 - particularly because they're extremely badly behaved. *sigh*. I genuinely feel like they'll end the year having made absolutely no progress, nor learned anything. does anyone have any advice? Anywhere I can get some good resources or guidance for teaching what is essentially a remedial class?