e26 I really feel for you. I do supply at only one school (near the end of my career.) Therefore I do know a lot of the children and teachers, which does make things a little easier. Sometimes I have lovely days when the pupils behave, I can actually teach, and I feel both them and me have achieved something. It's a lovely feeling and reminds me why I love teaching. I also have vile lessons occasionally, and come home feeling totally demoralised. It has made me question my skills and capabilities and wonder how much longer I want to continue. This week, I did three days in one subject area. The first was lovely. The HOD who started in Sept told me to send anyone who was not behaving to him, across the corridor. I did have to send a pupil from a couple of classes to him which gave a strong message to the rest. He popped into the class at the start of one lesson as he knew they were a 'tricky' group. The classes behaved and the lessons went well. HOD asked if I felt he was being supportive enough and thanked me. The second day, he was out for the morning and I covered his classes. One class he said could be tricky, were in fact not too bad. However his yr 11 group were horrific. Most would not quieten down at the start while I introduced the work, the behaviour was awful, two girls, notorious for their behaviour arrived separately well into the lesson and caused havoc. I sent separately for each to be removed. Incidently, the Head had warned me just before the lesson started that one would be arriving in a bad mood and to send for emergency cover if she started. Only 4 pupils actually worked well, about half eventually did some work and I was relieved that the rest settled and allowed others to work. I did get some very rude, to my face comments from some pupils about me not being able to control them and being the worst supply teacher! I pointed out to a couple that they were humans and not animals to be 'controlled', and they had 'free will', that I wasn't the Armed Forces and that I had in fact worked at a secure unit for Young Offenders where sanctions are applied, ie loss of priviliges, so they behaved, and that I was limited as to what sanctions I was able to use. Of course they weren't interested. I managed to remain calm, thankfully. The third day the HOD was back. He apologised for the group and said he would be dealing with them. He admitted that in his previous school he was able to command silence when he entered a room, but soon realised that on starting a new school, he had to start from scratch again to achieve that result. He said the group was very difficult and that they often made him feel totally inadequate but he realised that a lot of the problem was the class having got away with a lot when their teacher was out for a long time last year. He is now working hard to raise standards of behaviour etc and it is working through the rest of the school. This day went well. I am sure the pupils know that if they really behave badly that there will be consequences as the HOD will follow things up . I was able to teach and we enjoyed the lessons. I was thanked again and felt valued. I know I have waffled on, but what I really want to say is don't despair. Most of us supplies have bad days and it is so frustrating not to be even able to start to teach because the class will not listen and behave. Just because a school has been graded as 'good' does not mean it has no problems. the school I work at may not be 'good' by OFSTED standards, but most of the staff are supportive and will admit they also find certain groups and pupils difficult. I suggest you take the day as a learning experience, realise that you do have to start from scratch at every new school you visit, every school and day can be different, and don't see calling for SMT as failure, but use it sparingly. Leaving some feedback for the teacher can also be a good idea, though praising the good ones should always be included if you can! There are lots of supply teachers who can give you excellent advice on here so do read the past threads and good luck.