I've just started my first teaching job and have taken over this term from a really lovely, experienced teacher in a small yr2 class of a friendly school. I am really getting on well with the kids and love the job, but the parents just won't accept me. They are a "playground mafia" with a hard core of about 4 parents, who are intent on making life really hard. They come into my class in the mornings and disrupt registration, and are also difficult after school. Now, one parent, or a group, has even left nasty notes for me around the school, anonymously. I have asked the other teachers for advice, which has ranged from "leave it, they're a nightmare and its not worth it" to trying various methods of getting them onside. At the moment I am mounting a charm offensive, making sure I'm always available to answer any queries relating to their child (and there are always lots) and being very positive. Has anyone dealt with this problem, and what did you do to get the parents onside? One of the kids has started saying in the classroom how much they miss the old teacher, and how much better it was with her, and I'm convinced they are repeating things they have heard at home. I feel like I haven't had long to settle in, although already after 3 weeks I'm feeling more organised and that we have time to do more fun things, such as a story or song at the end of the day, but the parents commented that apparently I "shout all the time", so every time I have to raise my voice I feel like the kids are going to go home and tell their parents that all I have done that day is shout! Second guessing myself in the classroom is making life harder than it needs to be... Any help would be appreciated, thanks!