I was just wondering if I could ask for some thoughts on this. I have a Year 11 class and I marked some written responses of theirs as a practice for GCSE English examination. They were awful and not well written at all. They were rushed and some did not even use quotations. They know how to do this, but I had a very big go at them on one of my lessons, and warned that if they do not write more detailed responses then they will not pass. I also said that I am not having/tolerating poor quality work. After this though I have wondered whether I went a bit over the top with them? I wasn't shouting as such but they are a very bright group and its horrible to see them do badly when I know they can do better. Do you think I should apologise to them next week about what I said? I feel as though I was horrible to them about it but I can't let them underachieve which is why I went so hard in at them. At the same time, I don't want to come across as a complete monster to them. Thank you, Dalekteacher.