Hi I read the messages on 'getting boys on side' thanks for that. Would just like to get some specific feed back on this: I teach mixed classes, all of which are generally fine apart from Yr9 boys, they are killing me. I am trying my best to be consistent and clear, but they are disrespectful, insist loudly they haven't done anything when I sanction them. It's a small number in each class, but they set the others off. In terms of balance of numbers between boys and girls in the classes there are always more boys and it annoys me the way they dominate the girls and take over. How can I get them to take me more seriously?? Part of the problem has been a very unclear behaviour policy and route of escalation that I'm still only clarifying after over two months at the school. This really didn't help and I'd no backup at all for at least the first month. I'm a female teacher. Second issue - children with behaviour problems on SEN.. who respond badly to sanctions due to behaviour difficulties.. setting off other pupils who would otherwise be well behaved. I have a few children that are on the SEN and have behaviour issues, before I was given the SEN register (I finally tracked it down after a month ) I was using normal sanctions which didn't work at all, now I'm having more success by deflecting, praising, changing seating etc.. but they still have an impact on other students behaviour. Any tips on helping the rest of pupils understand that my expectations of their behaviour is higher and that certain pupils are given leeway for good reason without making it too explicit?