Any advice? I have a year 11 student who was really pleasant and easy to get on with until half way through year 10; he was always saying hello on the corridor and was full of good ideas in lessons. He then started to lose motivation and was messing around a bit in lessons. Now he's started year 11 with an appalling attitude and is being very rude to me. He's crafty - he's avoiding doing anything major that he knows will get him into trouble, but every lesson is like getting a blood out of a stone in terms of work. He makes very immature and childish comments and whenever I have a dialogue with him I get nothing but one word yes/no answers, or shrugged shoulders. Last week I kicked him out of my lesson after he shouted at me for a sanction (he was talking) and since then my HoD has had him out of one subject; however I teach him for another subject and in that one he's been impossible with the short answers and poor attitude. I have no problem handling difficult children when they're misbehaving but when they're being uncooperative and are refusing to admit that what they're doing is wrong, I struggle. He's not contrite in the slightest. Moreover I have a tendency to take it personally (something I need to work on, I know); I'm feeling stressed by it because I just can't understand why he's suddenly got such a profound hatred for me. I know some kids bear a grudge but there's no real reason for this one other than concerns over his work and things. Any advice?