Just wondering if anyone can give me some advice. Im an NQT in a mixed lower/middle class area with a Year 5 class. Most of the children are fine, typical 10/11 year olds. But I am having serious issues with three children in my class. Two girls constantly talk and shout out, walk around the class and ignore me or laugh in my face when I ask them to do something. If I punish them for it, it turns to moans of "you're always picking on me, you done punish x or y when they do something". Now these girls know what they are doing is wrong, we have had many one to one chats for them to explain that to me, but the still chose to do the wrong thing because they want to be the class clown etc. Its gotton to the point where my lessons are basically ruined because these two girls constantly talk and shout out and distract others while Im talking, then children cannot do the work properly because I havnt got a chance to teach the way I want to. I have had these girls removed from class but the head does not want them removed any more because to the children it looks like I cant fight my own battles and Im just palming them off. But by removing them, I can teach a lot more freely. Has anyone any ideas that could help? We have had a full day of circle time to try and get the children to understand the consequences of this behaviour but they still refuse to listen to all advice and help given. I've talked to parents, one is being very helpful and supportive, the other isn't be so helpful. Punishments don't seem to work any more, they dont care about detention and they go to the refrain of ' you hate me, you're picking on me' even though I've clearly explained that their behaviour is the reason they are being punished. Any ideas anyone? I'd be deeply grateful! Thanks.