Hi everyone. I’m looking to gain some guidance/advice. So far in my teaching career (3rd year) behaviour management has never been an issue. I have always had great relationships with my pupils and they all worked well and followed instructions. This year, I have a completely different kind of class. This class are really chatty and don’t respond to me at all in the same way that my previous classes did. They talk over me and when I say that we are working in silence, this lasts a very short time before the noise level creeps back up and I find myself having to shout over them. Often, this will start with multiple pupils responding to something that one child has said to me - they all feel that they need to jump in to respond, which quickly escalates. Warnings and consequences according to our school behaviour policy don’t seem to be helping. I have kept the whole class back at playtime to pay back time wasted, however this just punishes the quiet ones too. Sometimes I think it becomes a game for some pupils. When being observed recently I was pulled up as needing to sort this issue quickly. The thing is I don’t know what support to ask for. My HT says that I am lacking presence in the classroom and that I’m not in control of the class. I will admit that the longer this term has gone on, the more deflated I have become and I am much less confident than I used to be as I know that things are not going as well this year as previously. This has probably contributed a great deal to my lack of presence. Now I need to decide what support I want. Is there anything you would recommend? I’ve been scouting Google and have got a few techniques that I am going to try, but I wondered if there is anything that you have found to be particularly effective. It’s hard to come from a point of doing ok before but not so well this year. I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks.