I have a relatively small class of 22 children, who are in their final year of primary school. Within this class I have a group of 4 children who have had chronic social problems with each other. I was advised at a teacher handover meeting to keep these 4 children as far apart as possible in the classroom. However, in the first 3 weeks of school, it is evident that keeping them apart is encouraging them to try and communicate across the classroom or whenever possible (i.e. transition times). I have been keeping my eyes peeled as much as possible, and could continue doing this if I knew it was the right move. But something inside me wonders whether it would be less work to just not keep them separate. There are two in particular who I have (however briefly) considered sitting next to each other at the front of the classroom, next to my desk. They aren't a good influence on each other, which is what has stopped me from doing it so far. But when they have chosen to pbe partners on the odd occasion, they actually work quite well together. Am I wrong to consider having them next to each other? I feel like it would minimise the cross-classroom attempts and free my time up a bit more in that sense. What would you do???