Hello Any advice please. I teach at a secondary school, where the general behaviour has been bad and getting worse for the past few months (e.g. pupils swearing at staff, ignoring staff/defiance, constant disruption, running around shouting/screaming in mobs, barging other pupils and staff out of the way). SLT are doing very little to address things with the worst pupils just getting away with things and continuing with the behaviour, which in turn is then seen by other pupils and they start behaving badly (snowball effect). Unions are well aware, and apparently discussion with SLT are ongoing and changes are "on the horizon" owtte. We have strong union reps and regular staff union meetings, a strong "togetherness" - however, nothing is changing and has been like this for months, maybe longer. This is causing stress, many staff feel unsafe in the school especially at breaktimes/lunchtimes and between lessons (corridor behaviour). I am at a point where I may be signed off with stress, but feel that it should not come to this as my general teaching and workload I can cope with no problem, it is just the things above that should be dealt with by management. I actually enjoy the teaching for the majority but cannot be coping with these aspects, and don't feel anyone should to this extent. Behaviour management is a normal part of the job and I know we always get some bad behaviour, but the fact that it is so widespread and being ignored by SLT and same issues/pupils just keep coming back again and again repeating the behaviour with almost no consequences. I do not want to jump the gun here, and tbh not sure what I can do, but even with strong union reps I feel that I should be able to get better union support and to be able to refuse dealing with or teaching when this kind of behaviour, definately not on a daily basis. Am considering taking direct union advice direct rather than using the reps, but don't want to go it alone ideally or behind their backs, or be seen to be a "maverick" of sorts. I am also wondering (have no idea if this is realistic) getting an employment solicitor involved, as nobody should be having to put up with health and safety risks and abuse like this on a daily basis. Other workplaces clearly state "our staff do not have to tolerate abuse and violence" owtte so why should a school be different? Has anyone got any thoughts, as to how I should proceed, and if taking a legal route is actually possible? Thanks for any advice.