During my PGCE I only had top and second sets, now during my NQT year I again have set 1 and set 2s apart from my year 7 class who are set 6. They have end of year targets of level 4a, most of them are hovering around the 3a/4c mark but what is concerning me more is that looking through their books they dont seem to be making any progress, their spelling is still awful (whent, realy, carn't etc) and they still have little grasp of punctuation. I've done whole lessons on spellings and punctuation, done it as a recap in starters but it just doesn't seem to be sinking in - they can't even seem to copy off the board correctly! I feel I really need them to go back to primary and grasp the basics but have no idea how to go about teaching these things as previously all pupils I've had have been able to do them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!