Dear Tom, I am currently in my nqt year at a lovely all girls catholic school on which the majority of the pupils are very well behaved and a joy to teach. However, I have been having problems with a group of girls in my year 9 period 5 on a Friday class. It started off as one main ringleader who I picked off earlier on and sanctioned. However the next lesson, it merely got worse and her 3 friends joined in. I feel that I am being dragged into their petty teenage angst but cannot seem to get a result with them. I dread the lessons as I'm not a strict teacher but have found myself constantly shouting at this group which seems to fuel their giggling and behaviour for the next lesson. I feel that they have discovered how to wind me up and I cannot move forward with it. I spoke to 3 of them last lesson individually at the end of the lesson (I had sent them out during the lesson to avoid them having an audience). I don't feel they are taking me seriously and when I talk to them individually they are smirking. My school is outstanding so there is added pressure as the girls should be pushed and I feel this group are affecting the whole class (who are bright). Thanks for reading!