I am so annoyed!!! I am an NQT and I have got a really horrid class. This term I had up to now been feeling better about it, cracking down on their behaviour and trying to make sure my lessons were as good as I could get them so I can limit the impact of smoe individuals on the well behaved motivated students in the class. I'm not saying my lessons are the best ever - I'm not doing too brilliantly with my NQT induction - but I'm trying really hard. I had an absolutely awful lesson with them today - students throwing things, several kids talking over me constantly, mocking everything I was saying, getting up and wandering around as they felt like it etc. I kept lots of kids (probably too many - I find it really hard to be fair and consistent when everything's kicking off all over the place) back at lunch time and they kind of ganged up on me, wouldn't sit quietly and were still shouting at me etc. I saw my head of department at this point and she told me to dismiss them and that she'd send letters home. I was sort of hoping she would have a word with them at this point, but no. I then reported the ringleaders with an incident form and the head of year 8 sent an email back saying that she did not want those 3 students in my class until the school policeman carried out a restorative justice session, and telling my head of department to contact their parents explaining tehy weren't allowed into their English lesson until they could prove they could behave appropriately and stop bullying their teacher. I was really pleased at the prospect of a few lessons knowing that the worst offenders (by no means the only ones - but probably the most unmanageable) were going to be away and properly dealt with. But my head of department replied to the email, saying that she would write a letter home, ignoring the head of year 8's suggestion (that wasn't even a suggestion - she told the HOD what to do) and basically blaming it on me because I hadn't used the faculty on call system in the lesson. (Which I should have, but I was trying to deal with a lot of incidents and wasn't really thinking as straight as I could have been.) It is just so frustrating to have felt that I'd got so close to having an incident properly and seriously dealt with, that she would just ignore all the advice and continue to do nothing. Whatever she writes in the letter, she won't follow it up. I don't see why she can't just do what the head of year 8 says. ARGH! Sorry for long rant. At the end of my tether today. Any suggestions for how I can deal with this situation would be welcome.