I am doing some research on the reasons Year 9's have a lack of motivation and why negative behavior becomes more of a problem? I am a Design & Technology teacher my research is based on Year 9's having made choices about their GCSE's which may not include D&T and so feel that the whole year is a waste of time. We do not seem to celebrate the achievements gained up until this point, the effort put in previously sits gathering dust in an old exercise book forgotten; unless they continue and take it as a GCSE. Year 9 is based largely it seems to me on the high achievement within compulsory subjects. Have you noticed a lack of motivation and negativity in your Year 9's when they were previously doing so well in Year 8? Why do you think this is? Do you know of any other research carried out on this subject? Any help would be gratefully received. I desperately need to carry out some reading on this subject but it is proving difficult. Thank you in advance!