I am an NQT (albeit a very very mature one) and previously a TA for 7 yearsin year 6 before qualifying. I am currently teaching a year 5/6 class in an area of high socio-economic deprivation (aka rough for want of a better term). My class are lovely apart from 2 year 6 boys whose behaviour is very challenging. Feedback from the head and other staff since I took over the class is that they are better for me than the previous teacher and we do have some days that pass without too much of a hiccup. Other days, however, it can be bedlam. I've been called a D******d, a supply teacher has been told to F-off and these boys regularly call out, sometimes answers, sometimes inappropriate stuff. My response it to 'hit them where it hurts' - stopping them playing football at break and dinner time. This occurs if they get three ticks after their name. The problem is that if I applied this to the letter and gave them a tick every time they did it, they would 'kick off' big style and walk out, usually wiping pencil pots off the table as they go. Consequently I sometimes choose to 'overlook' their behaviour concentrating instead on finding positives. The year 3/4 teacher, however, maintains they weren't like this in her class and that she wouldn't tolerate it. I find it hard to believe (her current class are the worst in the school) and am beginning to feel that my classroom management is being questioned. The head agrees with me that these boys need careful management otherwise it would become completely intolerable and that I would just have a full-scale war on my hands which would then affect all the other children in my class and do little for my stress levels. There is an agreement in our school that the first port of call for children misbehaving is to send them with their work to the teacher in the class below. I'm considering applying sanctions rigorously and letting the year 3/4 teacher have them (everyday). What do you think? Any advice gratgefully received.