Evening forum goers, I'm looking to just vent but advice is greatly appreciated. I hope my post will also give others relief that they are not the only ones struggling with behaviour. NB names are not real. S2 class (12 years old). I know who my usual suspects are. I have them separated across the room based on my experiences so far. Janet comes into the room and sits on a seat that's not hers. She's told to move and says she gets bullied there (Janet sits next to 2 outstanding pupils who could really be moved up a year). She states she's now going to misbehave as she can't sit where she wants. Jessica, Janet's friend, bounces in, immediately finding her friend and carrying on. Later in the lesson Jessica asks to move seat as she can't see the task on the board properly. She's allowed to move to the logistically best seat. She puts her hair on a boy's desk and ask him to pleat (not sure if that's a word) her hair. Jessica is told to move back but doesn't do so. James, the final antagonist in our story, has a seat at the very front of the class. With the new seating arrangement James sits next to a lovely girl who I asked if she would help keep James on task. Within 5 minutes James is out the room because he can't sit in his chair and complete the match up starter like everyone else. James stands behind the glass in the door so the class can see him. He's asked to move away. He asks to come back in but I'm not ready to speak to him. Again, he asks, and is now disrupting the lesson from outside. Is this just me this happens to? Setting expectations doesn't work, differentiated work doesn't do the trick (doesn't get done anyway) and the new seating plan is none the better. Thanks for reading, A "there must be more to teaching than this" teacher.