Dear all, Some advice needed re: Secondary Ks3 classes. My new classes keep reminding me of their previous teacher who was "fun" and showed them loads of movies and let them on the PC etc. I work in a challenging school where the students crave attention from teachers. The problem I'm having is not being 'fun' (I can do that) - it's that they are not ready to start having such flexibility in the classroom. Their behaviour is terrible: constant shouting out, racist comments, personal insults to each other (and me sometimes) and mild violence. I use the school's behaviour policy. I use positive behaviour. I have a rewards system too. I have started phoning home for naughtier kids or putting them on report. I gave students a chance to choose their own tasks for next term and they gave feedback saying they previously enjoyed "watching movies and clips", "learning on the computers" and a few said they want me to be more fun with them. In my opinion this teacher was very relaxed with behaviour (in fact the Head told me so). How can I improve behaviour but also engage them? I'd like to try group work and other out-of-class activities but I am very concerned about the ringleaders in the class.