Hi there I have posted this on some other forums as I am getting desperate. I am a NQT teaching Primary 7 (same as Year 6) in Scotland. I?ve had my class for about a month now and I am really struggling with behaviour. My main issue is with low level disruption ? it takes so long for the class to be silent and they can?t seem to sit for any length of time without fiddling or chatting to their neighbour or trying to make each other laugh. This means that I spend a large proportion of every day waiting for silence, constantly repeating instructions etc. I am trying to follow the school behavioural policy as consistently as I can and praise and reward good behaviour. However, many of the children have received sanctions for their behaviour but rather than encourage them to choose to behave differently, they seem to be worse as I am now considered strict and ?horrible?. I have explained to the class many times that I am not being unfair, but when they break the (class chosen) class rules, they will receive the sanction discussed at the start of term. I have also explained that if they choose to disrupt, then lessons will take longer and there will be no time for drama or class games at the end of the day. When I try and to group work or more active learning, a lot of the class muck about and make a racket so I?ve started doing more textbook/ worksheet based individual work to keep the class calm. However, now they complain that they are bored, and although I have explained why they are learning like this, they don?t change their behaviour so they can be trusted to learn in a more active way. I feel like the class atmosphere has become very negative but I?m not sure how to change it. If I stop clamping down so hard when they won?t listen/ talk/ throw pencils around etc they will think this type of behaviour is acceptable. However, if they don?t choose to change this behaviour, their lessons will drag on as I will have to keep stopping and starting to get them to follow instructions and work at a suitable noise level and there still won?t be time for light hearted relief at the end of the day. I feel so frustrated as it seems like a vicious circle but I?m just not sure how to break it. It really upsets me that the class is obviously not responding to me and my enforcement of the behavioural policy well but I don?t know how to change this without letting up on unacceptable behaviour. Please help, I need your advice and wisdom!