Hello everyone, I'm feeling rather frustrated and a bit jaded. I am an experienced teacher who has been teaching for sixteen years and I am a Head of Faculty. A few years ago we had a change of SLT and they scrapped the old behaviour policy in favour of a rather vague restorative policy. So we are a few years down the line with this (interestingly the Primary School under new management adopted the same policy) and the poor behaviour and disrespect especially with first years is causing teachers problems. At the same time we are becoming a Rights Respecting School and the pupils are regularly challenging, well, everything really, but in particular the levels they should be entered in subjects. I am very strict and fair and have a history of excellent behaviour management and relationships with pupils but I too have been struggling with the behaviour of some first years. I give them a verbal warning, move them to sit on their own and then they get sent to another member of staff for a time out. The problem is the pupils come back laughing when they have seen SLT, they have a nice chat and then nothing happens. No phone calls home, no detentions and basically no consequences. As a middle manager I saw the same second year eight times last week and know that he was sent out from one lesson after another. I had a child sent out for sticking pins in another child's arm and when I asked what would happen I'm told we don't do detentions anymore as we don't "punish the children". Give me strength I just want the child to take some responsibility and have a consequence for their behaviour!!!!! This seems like the beginning of a slippery slope to me, is it time to get out? If a child disagrees with something I've said they go to the Head and she undermines me, same with the parents. I have brought this up with her a number of times but have succeeded in doing nothing apart from making myself unpopular. The inference now is that the problems with behaviour are down to the teachers being inconsistent, angry, irrational and that our lessons aren't engaging enough if a child is being disruptive. So feeling very unsupported, I can deal fine with behaviour in my Faculty but when it goes further there is nothing? Anyone else have this issue and how did it resolve itself? Thanks for reading!