Hello fellow TAs, I recently began a new career as a TA at a primary school (yr 1). I love many aspects of the job, however I am not sure where I stand re behaviour management so if anyone can help or advise, I'd be very grateful. I work in a class where there is quite a high level of need - with at least five pupils having SEN. The class can sometimes be quite unruly, however the teacher generally is able to keep them under control with a kind but firm hand. However, whenever she walks out of the room, they start to misbehave. I just don't seem to have a natural authority, another TA recently suggested I should smile less. I am quite laid back. It is not in my nature to be stern. I have been using rewards - perhaps not as consistently as I should. I personally believe a friendly approach of positive reinforcement is best, but this doesn't seem to work with the class. Others have advised me to take a firm/sterner approach, which doesn't come naturally. I am considering re-training as a teacher but am starting to doubt whether I should, given my lack of confidence in this area. Any general advice re behaviour management strategies specifically for TAs? Might I be better working with a different age group? Secondary even? Maybe it might be different in another school? Any courses that you could recommend? I love the creative side, imparting my knowledge and helping others/making a difference - especially to those with disadvantages. I don't want to give up on being a teaching assistant and potentially a teacher, so any advice will be gratefully received. Thanks!