Ive been teaching for 5 years now, mainly KS2 and have just finished a year in a Y5/6 class. This September I will be moving to KS1 and to a new partner school as a secondment. The new head has very high standards. We recently had 2 transition days to meet our class. I went in armed with stickers and smiley/sad faces for the whiteboard to put names under. Only to be told on the second day that this was not appropriate and I was not to do it. Bear in mind there was a very long list of names under the smiley face and not a single name on the sad face, despite this being a challenging class! She said they use verbal praise and don't display those that have been good/bad as she doesn't want the parents to see. But I could give as many stickers as I wanted! I later learnt from a TA that they often miss playtime if they misbehave as well..excuse my stupidity but how does this differ from names on a board? I've worked in a few schools all with different behaviour policies of varying simplicity and complexity..but never before have I been told not to do something like names under smiley faces on a whiteboard. I'm now really struggling with the best way to manage the behaviour of this class... Any ideas? The concept is lots of verbal postive reinforcement and praise but when there are a large number of children who struggle to sit still and listen the well behaved and quite children can't hear the verbal praise! Would welcome any ideas or thoughts please!