Hi, I have been teaching 10 years and this is only the second time I have ever encountered a student with this issue. I have a boy in my year 9 English class who will do nothing. I have differentiated the work and looked through his "best work" folder so I know he can do the work but he just will do nothing in lessons. i have tried sanctions - he doesn't turn up to detentions so it then gets escalated out of my control. I have phoned mum to no avail. I have him removed from lessons at least once a week due to his refusal to do work. And the frustrating thing is he doesn't think he is doing anything wrong because he's not entering into the overt "naughty" behaviour. To even get the date written in his book I have to stand over him and prompt him about 5-6 times which I don't have the time to do as the rest of the class are low ability and have behaviour problems. His book is an embarrassment. The HOD is despairing at me because I keep referring him to her. I have only ever met one other student for whom nothing worked. I have spoken to his Head of year but apparently I'm the only on with a problem with him (which isn't true as I've spoken to his other teachers and seen his behaviour record) and is denying all responsibility and refusing to put him on report. I have asked for strategies but am getting nothing back except "yeah, he's a lazy toad in my lesson too". I am new to the school and I am getting frustrated by my high expectations of work not being supported and low expectations students have of themselves not being challenged - but that's a different (although linked) issue. Can anyone offer any suggestions? I am going to get a 4 in that class if OFSTED (or anyone) sees it - and it would be thoroughly deserved because I don't have a handle on the behaviour - partly because I am spending so much time on this boy.