Hi Tom, It all started out quite well for me, I have had plenty of observations (more than neccessary) and I have been given an overall OFSTED grade so far of a good. Many staff have praised me and I have even been called to see the head who has congratulated me on my progress so far this year. However I have two problem classes both bottom set year 10 science and year 11 science. By far the bottom set year 10 has the worst behaviour I have encountered so far and my PGCE year has not prepared me for this in the slightest. The students walk into the class room and sit wherever they like every lesson and mess around the minute they step through the door. I have to spend 10 minutes getting students to sit where they need to be every lesson and that is after having SLT in to remove students who were unwilling to move just recently. They mess around, won't stop talking and the behaviour of some of them is appalling - I tried to have one boy removed for something I cannot even mention on here and no students would take the revelant form to the school office. Constantly out of their seats, messing around and making silly noises makes it impossible to teach. Then I have some students who do mess around and do no work shouting at me when I bring them up on their behaviour telling me 'to get control of my class' and to 'teach' them, which I find impossible to do as I'm always trying to even get them quiet. Some of them who do want a good grade even! I have shared everything which has been happening with my head of department who has been quite supportive however I have not been given any type of advice in terms of techniques which is what I need leading me to think there is very little I can do having set detentions and having had students removed. I have even stated to my head of department that this class is making me want to leave, even though I am apparently doing very well. They are taught by another teacher who has been helpful but even having had 4 of the worst offenders removed on Friday this had very little effect on the other 20 or so. The interesting thing to note though is when they entered the classroom and the other member of SLT they children went silent and pretended to get on with the work, indicating to me they have no respect and just won't behave for me *sigh*. I have even had to have a meeting with the head of dept and a girl in the class who I had removed for shouting at me in which we had to talk though the 'issues' which even though was useful for that one student and her behaviour which has improved , this was highly embarassing for me and useless in getting control of the other 24. I am getting more and more frustrated about this each day I have to teach this class, and it is becoming more and more stressful. I just don't think I am being given any practical advice for dealing with this and I am getting fed up with having to attend meetings at the end of day where I have to talk through the issues the misbehaving student to try and improve the situation which never works. Whoever thought 'sharing' the blame of the situation with the teacher and student is appropriate all the time is not doing teachers a favour really, sometimes students misbehave and it is entirely their fault. Any tips or advice or positive comments are welcome! Thanks!