Happily I passed. What a difference a week makes! It has all turned around, they were perfect for my crit even being nice to me immediately beforehand and telling me everything would be fine, I'm a great teacher etc. whilst I was waiting for my tutor (she came for the 2nd half of the lesson). The girl who on Monday wanted me fired on Tuesday was telling my tutor how good I was! And this was with no bribery - honest! This sudden good behaviour and being nice has carried on all week, let's hope that it stays that way! Even my other class who I was finding difficult have been quite nice this week. I'm preparing myself for when it all changes though! Hopefully this week has given me some more confidence and a chance to relax now though with no more crits which can only be a good thing for maintaining good behaviour - I hope! I understand totally what you are saying about being their teacher not their friend. I maybe didn't express myself properly. I don't mind really if they don't like me as long as I feel like we are getting the work done. What worries me is the comments that they are going to get their Dads to phone in and complain. I've already had a parent phone in the complain (it was a complete misunderstanding where a child had repeated something I said to an older brother who had then misrepeated it to Dad who phoned in without even checking with the girl I said it to) and my Head of Dept was fine about it but I'm wary of another phone call! Thanks for the kind words. They really helped and sorry it took me so long to thank you.