Hi everyone. This is my post seeking advice for (and just generally ranting about) the extremely tough time I've been having with my new TA job. I've been a TA for a couple of months through an agency and just scored my first full-time TA role in a secondary school until the end of October. Previously I taught early years/primary school with Year 3 being my highest year group. So very different. I expected teenagers to be mouthy but at the moment I've been feeling a little like a human punching bag. I was thrown in with Year 10s which I quickly realized were the worst group in the school. I can just about put up with the rudeness and disrespect (I've worked retail and tourism after all haha) but there are certain classes where I walk in knowing about 1 or 2 kids on a SEN plan and discover there's actually 6 or 7. I feel spread extremely thin not only trying to help the kids who are actually struggling and want to learn but also managing horrific pupil behaviour. I've been ignored, threatened by pupils, had them storm out of class, heckle me on the corridor. Admittedly in my first week, I struggled to clamp down on it as some teachers wanted me to leave the discipline to them but even having become firmer with the kids I find they'll still laugh at me or just go silent and pretend I'm not even there. It's taking a toll on my mental and physical health. I have PTSD and anxiety plus a chronic pain disorder and other health issues that have been playing up since taking this role. When I am struggling to keep the kids on task it also feels like there is veiled judgment from the teachers. Not all of them but some assume that I take all responsibility for what an SEN kid does the second I step into the room. It has been less than two weeks and I am already considering quitting. It is a shame because when lessons are good, they are good. Most of the staff are very friendly and welcoming in general. It is a very lovely working environment outside the classroom. But inside the classroom, I feel very worn out and intimidated. I have six more weeks to go but I'm wondering whether I should leave now or give it a few more weeks. I have spoken to the cover manager and the SEN team at the school about particular lessons where there are so many SEN pupils/pupils with behavioural issues that it is almost too much to deal with at once but the advice is is that I should just do my best to keep them on task even if they shout and swear at me. I miss primary school haha. PS I should also mention I'm only 22 myself which is why I feel the kids don't respect me. A lot of the male kids I deal with don't respect female teachers in general so add in someone not far from their age and they think they can speak to me like we're on the playground.