Have been a viewer rather than a poster for some time, but today has pushed me to. I've officially had the worst day ever & I think it might be the straw to break my back! I have a 6th form BTEC class & they're the typical BTEC students - jack the lad types who always mess about/have a laugh. I treat kids in 6th form in quite a relaxed way as long as they play ball, quiet when I ask, meet deadlines, act maturely when it's important & know where the line is. Otherwise I'm not particularly autocratic with them... it works. Well, it has for the last 3 years. They often engage in 'banter' or 'having a laugh' mostly with each other, but sometimes they do throw a little my way, and sometimes I throw some back! I think it builds good relationships with the kids. I know that's no everyone's style. There's a student this year who, socially, he doesn't grasp 'the line'. He continually 'looks' for arguments, I tell him off quite a lot because he crosses the line & is inappropriate... it doesn't work. I tend to not engage with him unless it's formal. But he gets annoyed that I don't shout at other students... well that's because they don't do x y or z. Today he started arguing and I'd had enough so I told him to go. Short story is he kept refusing, I said I wasn't teaching the class until he left & another student must have said 'just go' or something similar, his response was "no, she's a fat b!tch". He was sitting quite smug and didn't know I'd heard him. So I marched over to him and said 'use your skinny legs to leave my room... now' --- still said no. So I had to call for cover to pick him up and take him away. I however got called into the deputy's office after school who in a nutshell has told me, I shouldn't treat 6th form any other way, I should treat them like I would Year 7, I showed poor judgement in retaliating to his comment by saying he's got skinny legs (he hasn't... no that it matters - the comment wasn't personal) as he's complained about me saying that, also that he's complained about some 'banter' that was flying around the classroom (mostly by his peers) from about 4 weeks ago... and he has basically twisted it so it looks like I said something about his Mum. As if. Deputy is investigating what I apparently said... formally... despite it clearly being a case of 'oh my gosh I'm in trouble, I called Miss a fat b!tch so I need to try to get out of it by plucking something out of the sky that could help me'. Deputy says lessons from tomorrow should be strict as punishment to the students for 'this is what happens if you don't tow the line' & DEPENDING ON MY STATEMENT punishment will be issued to the student. I've never felt so unsupported. I think I'm going to write my statement along with a resignation letter. I know it's passed half term, but if I'm so god damn awful I'm sure they will let me go at Christmas.