I am coming to the end of my PGCE and am being challenged by the behaviour in my Year 2 class. There is 50% SEN and several very disruptive children. My mentor has given me some suggestions, which have not worked, and although I have worked very hard to build relationships and use positive strategies (which worked for a little while) I can feel their behaviour slipping away from me again. I have two weeks to go in this placement and I want to crack this! Today at uni we had a lecture from Sue Cowley (Getting the *** To Behave) which had some useful ideas, but I still feel out of my depth. She discussed how to tackle dealing with one constantly disruptive child - but I have at least 4 who constantly call out, disrupt other children, pick fights on the carpet, don't listen to a word I am saying and answer back all the time. The sanctions available to me are basically missing breaktime, which most of the worst offenders are not in the slightest bit bothered by, or missing golden time on Friday afternoon - same situation - they don't care. I have tried moving them to the back of the class (not altogether, obviously! ) but they continue to call out. I have thought about simply ignoring them, but doesn't that send a message that it's ok to talk over me? I have tried stopping and waiting for quiet, but that has resulted in me stopping so many times that the lesson takes far too long and they end up becoming even more restless on the carpet. I have tried a new reward scheme which involved putting them into groups and having a league table where the group that had worked the hardest at sitting and listening won a medal each week - this worked beautifully for a while but is now having no effect on my worst offenders. I have very little practical support from senior members of staff. What I would really like to do is have the worst one or two removed from the class when need calls, so that the rest of the class can get on and learn, but this is not an option. If anyone has any suggestions I would be very grateful!