Hi all. I work in a large secondary school as an LSA. There's one student ( who i shall simply refer to as child A ) who seems to be hell bent on causing me grief. Particularly if I have to reprimand them, although on all occasions where I have done so it has been fair and appropriate. I've tried the softly softly approach, praise, the heavy-handed-stay-behind-and-speak-to-me method, behaviour points, tactical ignoring. Nothing seems to have an effect. Child A has also been on report several times, on and off, during the year or so that I have worked there. The behaviour does not change-rudeness, backchat, sarcastic comments, 'why is miss in our lesson anyway?' type comments, ignoring, laughing behind my back, the list goes on. Child A is very much the ringleader in their peer group and appears to get kicks out of behaving badly. ( how many more like this!!!! ) All I can suspect is that this student has been used to getting away with murder for so long and now someone is pulling them up on it, they don't like it!! I don't know where to go from here; teachers I speak to keep telling me to be firm, follow the behaviour policy etc-but seriously what good does that do? Child A has had three weekend detentions within the last year but the behaviour continues! Surely proof that schools actively fuel unwanted behaviour because there is no 'absolute sanction' for the children. I am now filled with anxiety every time I enter this class because of this youngster's vile attitude-and knowing that nothing works. Please help! Is there anyone else out there who is always dealing with 'that' child??