Firstly I'd like to thank all the contributors to these forums sharing their stresses and problems - although it's terrible that teachers have to put up with so much it's comforting that I'm not alone. We're in it together! I've just started my NQT year at a new school. I'm currently and desperately trying to build a reputation and relationships with children which I'm finding exhausting and challenging - I do love my subject and when it goes well I love teaching it - I get tremendous job satisfaction. More so than in any other job I've had (I'm in my early 40s and have had a couple of careers....) My problem is that I have one student who is making my life hell. For the first couple of weeks I didn't even notice her in class then one day she made it very clear that she didn't like me. She's very bright, articulate, and a ring leader. I've spoken to her a couple of times over the last couple of weeks and she twists everything I say and puts it out of context, repeating what I said to other students who are consequently not respecting or liking me (making my reputation building harder!) On Friday she made it very clear that she didn't understand what I was teaching (implying that I was a bad teacher - which I'm not as I had an unofficial "outstanding" for my observation). I then spoke to her, asked her what she didn't understand and asked her how she found the recent assessment, and asked her if she generally found the classes. Ten minutes later she burst into tears and shouted "Sir called me stupid" and ran out of the classroom. 5 minutes later another student (one of her gang) also burst into tears after I had asked her to focus on task. In the next period all of my students wanted to know why I had called this student stupid. This is the latest of a number of episodes - she really seems to have it in for me for some reason and I really don't know why. It's almost like some kind of urge to discredit me, in quite an obsessive way. As a side note her brother urinated himself so that he didn't have to go to lessons. One does wonder about the parents? Consequently I feel completely awful - the lesson tomorrow is going to be very difficult. I just don't know if I can or even want to put up with this nonsense from students for much longer. I love maths, I want to teach maths, I don't want to put up with this! Any thoughts on how to manage this would be great!