Dear Tom, I've been genning up on behaviour management, and there are a few themes : sort out your seating, learn students names, set up class rules, etc, etc. I'm working in a school with a laissez faire approach to headship, management and academics. The school was once being run under a benevolent dictatorship, that of the founder. She,sadly, passed away and gradually I've seen a huge change. What does laissez faire mean in this case? The teacher does not have a classroom, the class does not (necessarily) have a class teacher. The students stay in the same classroom for compulsory subjects (maths, English) and move from class to class for optional subjects, of which there are 6 (I think) splitting into various heterogenous groups. Attendance is taken randomly - that is, it is taken at some time, any time during the day. The result is, the seating pattern changes frequently. It's taken me ages to learn the names of all 44 students. There are no class rules. It takes at least 5 - 10 minutes to settle a class down. Teaching successfully seems to be dependent on charisma, past record, personality, you name it. Most students will end up taking private tuitions in all subjects. This is damaging classroom ethos and good practice. Those providing tuitions, many of them, are the same teachers as in the school itself. This, of course, has an effect on teacher morale and the status of individual teachers. (This year I have refused to take any students privately from the school- yes, I used to be one of the offenders, but the students will end up going somewhere else anyway - maybe to a teacher in my school) Now I can shout as well as anyone, get them to "behave", throw a few time-spending activities at them but, in the end it's not teaching. How on earth do you manage behaviour under such a set up?