Hiya I currently am teaching a year 10 class for GCSE drama which is a class I have gradually taken responisbility for over my GTP year. I have been with them since Sept but as I say with increasing responsibility. In the first term their teacher would set up their assessments whilst I would deliver workshops and support rehearsals. I then went on second placement and returned to what I can only describe as mayhem. Since Sept their lead teacher allowed the class to chose their groups, meaning they barely got anything done. Class morale was low, nobody trusted each other and it was a horrible class to be in. I got HoD support, put in place a lot of strategies which seemed to work for a while especially when HoD was observing them. However I have now taken over the class completely as I will be teaching them next year so it made sense. it has been a hard hard slog to get them to do any work. I arrivd back after Easter having spent a week observing another school to find the other teacher had let them choose their groups again (even after confirming we would choose their groups). I was not flavour of the month when I re-organised the groups, and since then it has been a battle to get some of the students to do anything. I have phoned home, I have told HoD, I am following all the strategies put in place, but they literally do not seem to care that they are failing. They are being assessed on Friday and I have invited parents to come along too. I am not sure if they are testing me, as they know the other teacher is still in school. I get comments like 'we do nothing in your class' and some students have turned very rude. I know its not me, I have received an outstanding from teaching the very same class, but I am running out of ideas. Some parents don't seem very supportive either, telling me I should have let their child work with their friends then everything would have been OK. I start a new SoW in September, hopefully that will help, but I am so unsure about groupings. Do I choose their groups again? and face the same battle all over again? Do you think they will grow up over the summer and realise they are seriously jeopordising their GCSE? I am recording their next rehearsal so hopefully they can see when they are wasting time. I really don't want to look like an idiot in front of their parents. Any advice is greatly appreciated!