Hi I teach MFL and have a particularly challenging group of 30 15 year olds( mainly boys of average to poor ability). SMT are aware of the behaviour problems in the class and after I complained(direct to the Headmaster) a couple of months ago they did show up from time to time to offer me support. However, that has stopped and they haven't been in ages. I did feel the pupils were getting a clear message and things did improve but now things have deteriorated again. There are some really nice kids in the class as well who I feel so sorry for as their learning is always being disrupted. There are about 5 boys in particular who are loud , do no work and generally try it on . I am trying to be firm and consistent but they are so demanding and most days I feel exhausted after having them and like a really rubbish teacher. Today they left a mess in the class with folders etc so from now on I am going to dismiss them row by row. The thing is yesterday they were quite good and mostly sat in silence doing a past exam paper. Today they were doing something a bit less structured so were a lot noisier. They are so cunning e.g. they waste time sharpening a pencil , they ask silly questions trying to wind me up , they overturn chairs on the way out , they touch the overhead projector on way past , they make noises, constantly sneer and laugh etc I feel helpless and don't know what to do. My HOD says send them to her but then she says she can't do much as she also has a huge class at that time although hers are top set. She is fairly supportive but i feel she doesn't want the hassle of dealing with the bad boys from my class. There is a rule in my school that says all referrals must go to HOD in the first instance rather than direct to SMT or Pastoral care staff. There is only myself and my HOD in the department so can get a bit awkward etc. I would feel so ashamed having to send 5 out but I suppose I am past caring what promoted staff think as they are earning double my unpromoted part time salary. Should I go and speak to the Head of Year or just bite the bullet and put referrals in (it would be almost every day) for these particular pupils. With a couple of the boys I am starting to feel quite intimidated as I feel there is a bit of a 'gang' culture in this class. I felt good after yesterday's lesson but feel pretty rubbish today and I have got this class till next May so how should I proceed- would be grateful for any advice. Thanks!