I'd appreciate some advice on this issue I've been offered a part-time post in a local school, teaching boosters in lit/num to year 6 for most of the coming year. I was initially thrilled as part-time posts are very thin on the ground here if you don't want a job share. I have done a few days supply to get a 'feel' for the place and today came home questioning whether I have the stamina for the behaviour issues prevalent within the school. I've taught in several schools for well over 20 years and have experienced just about everything but I wasn't really prepared for what I experienced and heard today. Ok - the current year 6 are pretty high at the moment - no surprises there but the class teacher shared her exasperation with me over not having been able to cope herself all year with the constant challenges from a huge contingent of boys with no real strategies put in place by the HT to help. Behavioural charts or home/school contact books don't exist and the pupils just seem to have no respect for authority or the HT's position so there is no real avenue for dealing with them firmly after all the rewards and normal sanctions have been explored. Parents apparently refuse to accept that there are problems with their children and so support from that direction is unforthcoming. Yet I am not sure why this is. A previous HT used to get on the case of errant parents, getting us to document poor behaviour as ammunition towards exclusion. Is it a case of the HT not wishing to stand up to parents or trying to avoid the minefield of trying to exclude? Could it be that the parents are just as 'weak' and their children are uncontrollable at home too therefore making any pressure from the school futile? The HT told me herself that the year 6s were a problem - surely acceptance of the situation is not productive? Wouldn't a good HT prefer to say that previously problematic, pupils' behaviour at the school had improved or was being effectively dealt with? The current yr 5s are similarly challenging so you can hopefully understand my concern. I'm just too long in the tooth to start feeling sick every morning at the prospect of going to work and crying into my cocoa every night! I know - I'm a professional - I can try and carve out my own niche with these pupils. I have done that before but I am fearful that without proper support, I could be in for a miserable year!