Hello everyone, I’m a reception teacher in a tough area. This year has been horrendous. I’ve had a class of 31 with lots of special needs, children starting in 30-50d and lots of summer born unable to hold a pencil when they started. My TA left, unable to cope and since then I’ve had her role covered by various other members of staff..inconsistency. I’ve been attacked physically on a daily basis and had chairs and tables thrown at me. Needless to say the data isn’t great in terms of GLD. However the kids have all made progress despite my fire fighting. Last week the head told me that the governors wouldn’t be pleased and it would affect my performance related pay grade increase. My morale is on the floor. My previous two years in reception were lovely with several children exceeding. Anybody had a similar horrific year?