Hi all, Feeling a bit down again after a few OK weeks! Teaching really is a rollercoaster ride. However I feel that across the board reading what I see on here new teachers are being let down and I feel it is more widespread than thought. I came into teaching to actually try and make a difference and help people progress and learn, however with the behaviour currently as it is in most of my classes this is very difficult to do so. I have tried constantly to attempt to gain control however being given a bottom set heavy timetable with quite a few characters, I am still fighting a losing battle. I attempted to use sanctions, but having 29 children in detention at lunchtime (from different classes) almost everyday and the same children to boot as well as phoning home and setting school sanctions in the past few weeks has taken its toll and I have started to let things go as I grow weary. I have kept records of all this as evidence. Just the other day I was thinking... since I started this career (PGCE and NQT) I have only taught a top set class for less than 5% of my timetable this year (PGCE I never taught a top set) - 2 lessons a week. I feel let down but more so this year as I towards the end of my PGCE year I was getting Good to Outstanding grades and this continued at the beginning of my NQT year...I seemed to have slipped down into Satisfactory lessons and I fear soon maybe an Unsatisfactory may be on the cards (apart from an OFSTED observation which was a Good). Now obviously behaviour is a major issue for NQTs and for Mentors and grading lessons - however I feel I have been given an impossible task of getting 4 bottom set classes into line - logistically speaking just issusing the detentions, making sure that they attend, keeping the paperwork, monitoring their unsubmitted homeworks has become a nightmare and one that I feel I cannot keep up with. Need some advice on what options I have at this stage. Thanks.