Hi all, I am at the start of my second term as an NQT, and after a very tricky first term, I have had my confidence shaken. I do not think I started off as firmly as I really should have done with any of my classes. It has now gotten to the point where they are still trying it on, after a whole term. I started this term out with the decision to be firmer, which has gone alright so far. My main issue is however that I have two top sets who should be well behaved I'm informed. However, they are chatty, and my Y9's in particular spend far too long messing about, throwing things, and a small group of them try to get each other in trouble by telling tales, even when things haven't really taken place. I'm finding it very difficult implementing the school sanctions system (a series of levels building up to detentions and contacting home) as there are just too many kids messing about at the moment. I use a more blanket approach when they won't focus on me when I'm explaining something, tallying minutes on the board and keeping the repeat offenders of that lesson in for that particular number of minutes. This is working for the chattiness, but I don't know where to go in terms of spotting what they're up to when I'm around the class helping individuals - any ideas/suggestions? Thanks in advance!