Haha. Sickness cover for a PPA teacher at a primary school in an extremely socially disadvantaged area. Behaviour is poor and, in my opinion, the behaviour management policy is not up to scratch. It's weak, unclear and patchily reinforced. All tha you get is arguing from the kids (as in, kids coming and 'getting in your face' lol) - "that's not a warning", "that's not an amber", "I shouldn't be off green", etc. instead of any kind of engagement with what behaviours are encouraged and discouraged and why they have been given a sanction. This has been my first job as a fully-qualified teacher and I can't help but reflect on the behaviour management. I feel the work I set was fun and meaningful but the B.M. is where I need to improve. Throughout training, in every placement, I was told: stop being too worried the kids like you. Don't be afraid to be a ***. Don't be afraid to shout,etc. Particularly in upper KS2, behaviour has been a real issue on this supply job. Kids throwing furniture around, swearing at me, threatening classmates, attacking classmates, and so on. I work with the school's 'traffic lights' system but it only goes so far. You give a child a 'Red' for attacking his classmate and there's nowhere else to go. In one Y5/6 class, I shout myself hoarse every time I have them. I have even been reduced to sending a child with a message to the Assistant Head, asking him to come and remove a child having a massive temper tantrum because I moved her away from her friend for repeatedly dicking about and disrupting everyone else. Often I don't feel in control - I pretend not to hear inappropriate answers/comments because I'm not sure how to react and I constantly use bribery to try to keep order: Child: Miss, are we doing PE? Me: That depends upon your behaviour. I don't mind - I'd be just as happy in here doing some written work... Me: ERR... We have now wasted 3 minutes of your PE lesson because you are ignoring me... Now it's 4 minutes... Now it's 5 minutes... Now it's 7 minutes of rounders time you have lost, etc. Then I was walking across the playground to get into school on a morning and I heard two of the Y5/6s talking about me - one said "I hate that supply teacher" in a voice loud enough for me to hear. I wanted to wheel round and reply that teaching him is not exactly the highlight of my week either, but then thought: I'm not getting into an argument with a 10-year-old and just pretended not to have heard. I bet I sound absolutely hopeless lol. I just can't help but wonder if I took all that advice while I was training (' don't be afraid to be a ***') too far. Thebehaviour management for supply teachers is so hard - I knew it would be - I used to enjoy having supplies who had no idea of the seating plan or the rules! I do use raffle tickets and draw every day for a little prize. It works really well with Y2-4 but Y5/6 are way too cool for that. I suppose what I am asking in the LOOOOONGEST-WNDED WAY EVER! is: would you care that kids say they hate you? And have you worked out any behaviour management gems that work when you're only teaching the class for the day?