I am running out of ways to get my Y10s to attempt their work (English). They are my favourite class but I have about 1/4 of them who do no work. I have rung home, appealed to them, set detentions etc. They tell me they like English and me, and laugh when I tell them that if they don't start turning it around they will like it (and me) a lot less when they fail. Some of them have very low confidence, but I also have an extremely able student who just sits at the back and chats to his mates. I can get them to be quiet for brief periods, but the energy used is too much. I want them to start writing in silence for extended periods of time - they will only do this if it is part of a formal assessment and even then I will have to send at least two of them out (= lots of paperwork for me and a bad rep with the rest of the department). I have started teaching the 5-6 who are listening and attempting the work and ignoring the rest, but I feel I'm letting them down big time. The behaviour procedures at the school are a joke (I will be leaving - again, I want to get them in good shape before I push off) and when I set detentions I am relying on their good nature to actually turn up. Any ideas?