Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for how I can escalate my detentions without help from my head of department?<BR> I'm an NQT and as part of my target for this term to improve behaviour in my classes, I've started setting detentions. At the moment, behaviour in one particular class is awful and I've been setting a huge number of detentions this week. I'm happy doing them - I think once they start to work I won't have to do as many and I need to keep setting detentions until I know that the students know that behaving badly in my lessons will lead to an unpleasant consequence - but my problem comes when they repeatedly don't turn up.<BR> My original idea (and what I thought was the department policy) was to ask my head of department to arrange an after school faculty detention for students who choose not to turn up to my detentions. However when I asked the head of department about this she simply said "you're doing too many detentions", at first saying this was because "you need a break" - as I said, I am happier doing the detentions if that's going to improve behaviour and I think once they start to work and the kids know I mean business I won't have to do as many - and then saying that "it's causing a problem in the corridors", because apparently other kids have been hanging around outside my door waiting for those in the detention. (Something that would be easily solved by telling them to clear off, I would've thought, but there you go.) When I asked her if she could do an after school detention for a specific child, she worked out she wouldn't be able to do it for a whole week - I'd much rather have a detention that is much nearer to the crime, otherwise there's a chance we could have had 3 or 4 lessons in between, and everything will get very confusing!<BR> The h.o.d. is very busy and there's lots of pressure on her at the moment as SLT are unhappy with her, but I found it really unhelpful for her to say that I should just abandon all my efforts after only a few days of the new term! The school as a whole prefers to 'catch them being good' and not use sanctions really, and i'm all in favour of the carrot as WELL as the stick, but at the moment there's no way I can get by without using detentions, unless I want to teach them the lesson that the only consequence for them being very rude, insulting me, refusing to listen, doing no work, shouting out and disrupting lessons to the point where nobody is learning very much, ever...is that they won't get any merits today. The behaviour policies are drawn up by the scariest SLT members who, when they do get in the classroom, have such power that they can easily control the classes without having to resort to sanctions, but I'm obviously not there yet. I don't want them to think that, because I'm ignoring them and using detentions, that I'm ignoring coaching and mentoring and feedback, though, either!<BR> How can I escalate my sanctions myself without any help? I'm happy to put in the time and effort if it's going to work. Perhaps I should ask my mentor - 2nd in the faculty - to help out?