I've noticed every so often something well meaning is introduced into schools with all good intentions. However it is then totally exploited by students to disrupt or do as they please. An example would be giving all manner of toys to certain kids with vaguely defined mental health conditions in order to 'help them concentrate'. It started with fidget spinners and cubes clicking and clacking. Now we have kids allowed to bring plasticine into class to throw around the room. Another example would be time out cards, a great idea in principle, that a student with a genuine difficulty is allowed to take five minutes out. However in practice these are abused in majority of cases. They are used in my experience when... A disruptive child wants to wander the corridors. A disruptive child has worked his/her way up to the cuspbof a consequence that might actually mean something. A disruptive child wants to hear what you are saying to another disruptive child you've sent out. The class is becoming loud and you have raised your voice to try to calm them down. The class is becoming loud and you have not raised your voice to calm things down. You've asked a child to do some work in class. You've asked a child not to shout out obscenities or challenged their behaviour in any way. The latest thing though seems to be the focus on wokeness, student mental health and well being. This seems to have led to the creation of a human minefield. Where belligerent students are now actively looking to be offended. Yesterday I had a nightmare when one student asked me why the good kids in the class have to wait while I get the class quiet. I said half jokingly 'what good kids?' a child not even involved in the conversation then went full Jeremy Kyle show...."you've insulted my cousin", "I'm reporting you". This child whipped herself up into a frenzy and stormed out the class and started hyperventilating in the corridor. The next minute she is being comforted by several members of staff including the head teacher. They finally get her back into the class where she is allowed to sit there wearing head phones and scarf and allowed to write a statement about me in the lesson. I asked her to take out the earphones in lesson. She told me she is allowed to wear them as they are keeping her calm and I am not allowed to talk to her. Someone on here on another post said something about having to watch everything you say in case it is warped into a safeguarding issue. That is exactly it. As supply my ability to pay the bills hangs in the balance depending on the whims of troublemakers!