Hi all, I am an LSA in a large secondary. Often I find myself in noisy classes where the children ignore the teacher because a) they shout too much or b ) the lesson lacks structure. Because of this, I spend less time supporting the learning and much more time acting as a 'bad behaviour look-out'. I appreciate part of my role is being responsible for behaviour, but surely whole-class management is the teacher's responsibility. I have, on occasion, raised my own voice during lessons because the noise becomes unbearable and I don't like the fact that the teacher continues to teach over the noise. However, I don't feel I should be making this a habit as over time it will dampen their authority. Despite feeling like this, I always end up on 'patrol' and get nothing but grief, defiance and rudeness from the kids. I do follow up, give behaviour points, refer to SLT when necessary - some of the students are even on report. But their behaviour does not change. As soon as they are off report they are back to square one, causing chaos at every opportunity. It is driving me berserk, as there is not enough support from SLT; they would rather turn a blind eye to the chronic low-level disruption that is rife especially in lower sets. On report, off report, detention, etc none of it actually does anything! How do I keep my cool dealing with this on a daily basis? I find as an LSA many of the students simply do not see me as having the same responsibilty/authority as teachers, as so find me an easy target. I am trying my best not to back down but I am losing confidence. How long does it take for anyone, teacher or LSA, realistically, to say they are 100% able to fully handle and cope with bad behaviour?? Will this get easier? I appreciate any advice. Thanks.