Hello all, I took over a music department in September where the kids have had virtually no music teaching for 3 years due to long term, on/off absence. I'm trying to get 60 year 10s through a BTEC performance unit and the standard so far has been pretty poor, I'm not confident I can give most performances as pass as yet. It's also been hard as the majority are still quite disengaged, despite my best efforts! The school itself is in special measures and behaviour is a big problem. I have tried to get recordings done this week but I've only managed to get 2 pupils to perform in front of the class and the rest have been allowed to do their performance behind closed doors or lunchtime. This in itself prevents a problem as many don't bother to show up! I feel so frustrated at the moment. I have worked really hard to try and turn this department around and things are a lot better, but I am really disappointed with the low standards of the performances and the fact I've barely got through all performances. They need to do 4 for this unit, I was hoping to get 2 from each pupil recorded this week, but I've had to change that to 1. Many kids complain that they are not ready despite being given plenty of time to practice. The fact is most still don't bother to practice even though they know their performance will be poor. This is apparently the same in their drama lessons. I know I shouldn't beat myself up too much about it, and I know that Rome wasn't built in a day, but I feel very run down and need some new ideas for after Easter. I have a few good kids who I am neglecting because I have spent so much time trying to engage the 'lazy' or 'disengaged' kids. Has anyone got any advice on how I can push on the standard of performing? They have no instrumental lessons outside of class, so it's pretty much up to me. I'm going to trial a 'timetable' for practical lessons, so I focus on roughly 5 pupils per lesson and leave the rest to get on in an attempt to help improve their practical skills. They are also reminded of practice techniques to use, but unless I actually sit with them, some just don't really use them. The vast majority are playing keyboard pieces which don't use notation (from classpiano.com - it's been a god send). They tend to get to a point and don't bother with the rest or try it once, fail to play it and give up. Quite often it can take me a while before I realise a pupil has hit a wall. I'm normally so organised, but I'm so used to having a 15 strong class of year 10s and a smaller year 11 class! Does anyone else juggle this many pupils? How do you cope? What about raising standards of performing? And how did you raise confidence so they can perform in front of the class? Thanks in advance!