I was interested in this question based on something a person with many years experience in education said on another thread. (A thread I don't wish to get involved in). Paraphrasing, he basically said that as student teachers are less capable at controlling pupils than qualified teachers, pupil behaviour would be as bad as it could be for student teachers. I disagree with this view as students generally take over from established teachers who know the class they are 'sharing' well, have a good relationship with the class and can support the student with specific advice about specific pupils in the class. The support for student teachers provides a phenomenal safety net, especially as the usual class teacher has responsibility for the class the student is taking. In comparison NQTs have to find their own feet with their own classes, get to know the kids without specific help and live with any mistakes made without their usual teacher helping out and stepping in when needed. Plus the added pressures of having to plan twice as many lessons a week in their NQT year than as a student...... I spoke to loads of NQTs during INSET days out last year and everyone said they found behaviour far tougher, with worse behaviour to deal with as an NQT than as a student. Anyone else find this?