Hi all, I posted about something similar a few weeks ago but I am having no joy so was wondering if anyone had any extra ideas to try. This might be slightly long so please bear with me! Basically, I have returned to teaching after having my children (part time, just teaching English and maths). I am having a real problem with my English set. They are a small group of all (lower ability) boys who are incredibly difficult to manage and reluctant writers. There is constant low level disruption and a complete lack of respect: calling out, not listening, grinning when sanctions are applied, arguing, randomly getting out of their chairs, off task behaviour. I find myself stopping every minute or so to try and regain some form of control. I feel like I completely and utterly am lacking any form of presence in the classroom and it’s really getting me down. I feel like I’ve tried everything: I apply the sanctions the school sets but thy are often ineffective and it doesn’t seem practical to send all 10 kids out of the classroom. I’ve tried focusing on the positive behaviour, incentives, discussing rules, working in groups, working in silence, seating plans. Nothing seems to be having a real, long lasting effect. I try engaging, differentiated lessons: they don’t seem able to cope with it. I was always praised for my positive behaviour management and engaging lessons. Now I feel like a rubbish teacher; they don’t like me, I hate coming in, I feel like I teach boring lessons and I feel embarrassed and humiliated every time they blatantly ignore me. I’ve mentioned this to other members of staff (although to save my pride I probably downplayed it slightly) and I either get agreement that they are very difficult or get told to be tougher with the sanctions. Which is all well and good but Can I actually send 100% of my class out? Any help would be MASSIVELY appreciated as it’s keeping me up at night! Thanks.