I'm a week into a gig that should last until Xmas. At least I hope so, as I need the money. The majority of the kids are good, respectful learners. There is an on call/removal system, but this is very onerous and time consuming for the teacher, which might at least partly account for the fact the few kids are removed. Parents, I imagine very supportive, but quite possibly quick off the mark to complain if either a teacher does not use the behaviour sanctions enough (poor behaviour is always the fault of teachers, is it not?) or uses the sanctions too much, or at least on their little darlings. I teach one class twice a week, which has at least two, maybe three kids who are clearly accustomed to doing what they want in class. It seems to me that a situation has arisen whereby they are treated with kid gloves by pastoral staff, and a "restorative" or no blame culture appears to be evident. They are given, for example, time out cards which they simply need to wave in the air if they need to leave the room before becoming uncontrollably upset. To my eyes, they can control their behaviour; and the fact they have been allowed to shanghai the learning of their peers for so long has led to the class being a bit of a mess, where "normal" teaching, which includes kids listening to the teacher, and each other, is impossible. So, the question is what can I, or should I, do. By instinct, if given the choice between doing my best to help the whole class learn; and tip toeing - PUSSYFOOTING- around some snotty adolescents, for fear I damage their ******* self-esteem, I would choose the former, even if it means a "struggle" to establish "norms." The school has said to use the policy. However, I'm not sure. I think what schools mainly want from supply teachers is to keep the kids calm, and NOT to put extra work on someone's plate. Plus, it's only two lessons a week, for a finite time. On balance, I think at the moment it - the struggle- not worth it, but I may be wrong.