I have a lad in my year eight form group who behaves himself in lessons but cannot stop getting himself into trouble by not completing his homework and messing around at break and lunch time. I have tried everything; the soft approach, tough love, stickers on his report, keeping him with me at lunch time... I am literally out of ideas!! Could anyone suggest something different I could be doing? He has a very difficult home life which obviously has an impact but I can't help much with that. (The school are, of course, aware and dealing with all the relevant agencies.) He does speak to me about things and I have a very good relationship with him. However things have worsened this year now that he is spending a lot of time with a particular student. I don't feel that I can separate them at lunch time as this seems unfair but I don't know what else to do. He won't speak to me properly in front of the friend and this means he is putting on a front to show off and poor behaviour is a part of this. Please help! I really don't want this student to be excluded but if this carries on it certainly will come to this. Any and all ideas welcome! Thank you in advance.