A teacher at an alternative provision school shares his story about the harsh realities of working on the front line of the teaching profession: ‘And so a long, difficult term ended with one of my staff being punched in the head by an angry student. Actually, the student wasn’t that angry. She was more frustrated – frustrated that owing to her poor behaviour over the last seven weeks, she wasn’t allowed to go on the end of term trip, which was a key part of our behaviour system… Students can’t be allowed to do what they want, when they want at the expense of other people. It isn’t good for them or, ultimately, for society. I wholeheartedly support student voice and the rights of the student. Everyone should be treated fairly and with dignity and respect, but they are children. They can’t be allowed to bully and intimidate to get what they want. They can’t be allowed to spoil things for other people because they fell aggrieved. That isn’t right. Many of our students dominate at home. We have many parents, mothers and fathers, who are scared of their children: they control their households. We can’t allow this to happen at school. When I had started at the school five years previously, the students had controlled it. It was a frightening, intimidating place where very little work was done and no-one felt safe. Bullying was rife. We were deepest darkest special measures – it was horrible. I never want to go back to that. We had to uphold the system that all the stakeholders had signed up to…’ https://www.tes.com/news/we-cannot-allow-pupils-intimidate-us This is an extreme case of violence in an alternative provision school, but it would be interesting to read your views about the issue of children’s behaviour and how schools manage bad behaviour especially when it gets out of control. What are your experiences of bad or violent behaviour in schools? Do you think that incidents of bad behaviour are dealt with effectively in your school? Are children allowed to routinely bully and intimidate staff to get what they want? What more can be done to encourage good behaviour in school? What tips and policies do you think have worked to manage/stop bad/violent behaviour? Is a zero tolerance policy the only way to deal with negative behaviour in our schools?