I am a medium term English supply teacher. With one Year 7 class I am finding it hard to complete any whole class reading. For the last few lesson I have tried, and failed, to even read a few paragraphs of short stories with the class due to continual (low level) disruption/ silliness. I have therefore told the class to read to themselves (silently) and complete the worksheet tasks I had supplied. Unsurprisingly, few did this and most simply chatted. I have made clear that students can actually learn by doing these activities and have in the past had several students removed. Some are starting to complain that I "am not teaching them," although when previously asked whether they preferred this opportunity to take the learning opportunities themselves, with little input from myself, the vast majority said yes. It is hard to identify ringleaders, but one girl who read a bit today in such quiet a voice that no one could hear, later, when I took over the reading, constantly interrupted me. This is a school where, generally, the kids are on the side of learning and respecting teachers, but , apart from having trouble makers removed, there seems to be little other support - there is never, for example, any SLT etc in the corridors. I am only in this school for until the Easter break, but I am experienced and have taught in much tougher schools, and I would like to know where I am going wrong. I asked the HOY to look in today but his didn't happen. Is there anything wrong with directing a class to read a text themselves? Any advice would be very welcome.