I couldn't believe it either. Currently a PGCE student in my second placement school. The school I'm in came out of special measures about 2 years ago, is 'satisfactory' and they're striving for 'good' in a looming ofsted visit (my first placement school was 'good' and this school pales in comparison.) From what I've heard/read in Ofsted reports the school has had a bad time re Senior Leadership / aspirations of pupils / attendance. It is in a rather deprived area of the city with a wide catchment area. There are a high number of SEN pupils, EAL and FSM students. Overall behaviour is rather disruptive. Of course there are some students who behave perfectly, and it's not as if most of the students are purposely malicious (some are, of course!). However, with no behaviour policy how can I possibly hope to have the support available. One teacher told me today that he 'never gives detentions' because he 'doesn't believe in them' however another teacher gave a detention for forgetting a pen. There seems to be two extremes, however some more disruptive behaviour (swearing/shouting very loudly/consistently off task/bullying/phones etc) in Mr ForgettingPen's class goes unreported. I feel like every move or sanction I make is in vain, as senior staff don't seem to support or follow through with things. When I asked the deputy head about behaviour management on the first day I told that it was up to the department, when I asked the department, I was told that it was up to the SLT. ... When I finally had my induction (child protection/SENCO/SIMS training - 2 weeks after I'd started teaching) I was expecting to hear also about a behaviour policy. It was then that I got told it didn't actually exist. Surely with Ofsted looming they'd want to get this locked down, it is all very blasé, when realistically there is a complete lack of respect for adults in the school. This results in my teaching being unfortunately at the moment 90% teacher led, as if I let them do independent things they go immediately off task (something you'd rather not happen after getting them to sit in the right place for the first 10 minutes of the lesson...) and there books are bare. I feel at a loss with no support. I can't comprehend why they wouldn't have a strict behaviour policy in place. I've started to try and implement my own procedure, but with so many different procedures the students seem to have a distorted view of what is 'fair'. Of course I go through with my sanctions and I don't dish out empty threats. What do I do as I feel like I'm fighting this battle on my own!