My school is in an area which would generally be described as deprived. In my 30-strong Y4 class, half are pupil premium and 17 children are EAL with 5 having arrived in Y2 or later. They are lovely, creative kids, but it feels like they don't know how to learn. They get very involved in the teaching/learning parts of maths and English lessons - my lesson observations always comment on how engaging my teaching is and how the children appear to enjoy being there - but when it comes to actually using the information and applying it to their individual work, my kids suddenly seem to lose heart. It feels like they are unable to work individually - they begin to chat - usually off-topic - and instead of being able to work with a group I then have to patrol the class making sure everyone is dong their work. Their work is of a much lower standard than they are capable of and apart from a group of about 8 children, most of it gives the impression of a lack of care, motivation or inspiration.