I was hoping for some advice about how to deal with students who make personal comments. I'm originally from an area close to the school, which makes life more difficult. A family member took their own life a few months ago, and one student in particular makes frequent snide comments, and informs any students who didn’t already know, about the exact details of what happened. The student has learning and behaviour issues. He is suspended every other week. Detentions, etc., have no impact on his behaviour. I feel like I can’t bring this issue to the year head/principal, because I am newly qualified and relatively new to the school, at the moment I have no job security. I don’t want them to think that this problem, or what happened in my family, affects my ability to do my job. I also feel that if I was to try and discuss this directly that I would get upset, I find it almost impossible to discuss with anyone outside my family, or very close friends. It’s a tough enough school anyway, but I get on grand, or can implement proper discipline with my all of my other students. I work really hard, and spend hours preparing lessons that will be interesting and helpful, and really want my pupils to do well. 90% of the kids are brilliant, I’ve never had a problem in work like this before, and I don’t know what to do. It’s really getting me down.