Hi all, I have been teaching for 4 years and am generally considered OK at behaviour management - I get the bottom set Yr 11s for example as we manage to scrape through BTEC etc qualifications without too many problems. Having said that, I am having huge problemns with a shared Year 9 class. The class has 4 Science teachers (1 period per week per teacher) and are horrific for all. I appriciate this should make me feel better that it's not 'just me', but it doesn't. Out of their 4 teachers, the students say they behave well for me and one of their other teachers (who happens to be an AST). My HoD also says that, for them, they are OK for me. They do not behave well - anybody with any sort of standard in the classroom would say that. I know that I would fail an observation with them. There is a core group of 8 (6 girls, 2 boys) who are vile and behave like animals. They wander around the room, snatch each other's books, answer back if challeneged, barely do any work unless stood over, shout across the room at each other, ask me if I'm serious when given a negative comment in their planner, swing on chairs etc. I could go on. There are then 10 students who can go either way - they are not as rude as the original 8 but still poorly behaved. On top of that I have a schizophrenic student who has a useless 1:1 (he is not violent but hard work). I have tried the following: Adding minutes onto the end of the lesson - 1 minute per minute I have to wait for them to shut up. The 8 nice students in the class leave on time, everybody else works off their minutes. Interuptions during this time are kept behind for longer. Calling home to discuss the student's behaviour - parents are nice but rather useless - their comments are along the line of ' I don't know how you teach X, I cant do anything with him/her' Getting 3 of the worst on department target card. I had to nag my HoD to do this as he is unwilling to help. Following the school sanctions policy as rigidly as possible - stuff slips through as I can't keep up with that many poorly behaved students but I get as many as I can per lesson and I ensure the worst students get as many negatives as each other ovber time I have asked the AH in charge of behaviour (a joke - all pally pally with the bad kids) and the HoD to drop in as much as possible. They have been very occasionally and not really been effective - a word outside does not help. The icing on the cake with this class was that before Easter it was found that they filmed one of their teachers for my subject on a mobile and posted it on facebook. The culprits got 2 days exclusion. I have got to the point where I am worried about teaching this class. I do not wish to be filmed and mocked as my collegue. I am pregnant and feel my blood pressure rising as I think about teaching this class. Any suggestions what to do next? I have run out of tactics and I can't allow a group of 14 year olds to effectvly bully me.