I've just started at a new school in September and I have a really low ability year 8 class. I have never met a class like them, behaviour is poor as well which doesn't help matters. I have totally abandoned the year 8 curriculum now and gone back to year 7 work but as hard as I try, these kids literally retain nothing. I can go over vocab and 5 mins later, they have no idea what it means. I can't get them to do practical stuff - giving them glue and scissors just distracts them more, some of them do have tablet they can use, but not all of them. They are all incapable of doing anything independently. There are 16 in the class, has anyone got any advice?