I’m feel like the world’s worst teacher after a lesson today, it’s the lesson I dread every week. They are a tough Year 7 group, and recently getting worse. There about 9 very difficult students in the class of 30, but they take over the whole class. They refuse to follow instructions to be quiet, laugh when I sanction them, but worst of all I feel like I’m being ganged up on. Every time I try to speak to a student about their behaviour, others jump in and start shouting eg ‘he didn’t do anything’, ‘yo’re picking on him’ etc. This will go on persistently, with them arguing the toss, shooting across the room to each other etc. I let some back at break after the lesson today, and they continued to do this, saying I can uodnt do anything to them, and one student said I’d have to let them go before the end of break so I couldn’t do anything. I’ve got them back in detention tomorrow, but I could really do with some advice. I’ve contacted home (parents either aren’t interested or say the kids are like that at home) I’ve referred to SLT but they are generally unhelpful and see behaviour management issues as teacher weakness. I differentiate and plan really carefully, but tonight I’m just feeling wretched.