I'm a year 5/6 teacher in a small school in an area of socio-economic deprivation and would be grateful for advice about whole school approaches to behaviour for a forthcoming meeting. Many of the children in our school, and particularly in my class, have no morals or conscience and are persistenly in trouble. I only took over my class in January this year and after initially struggling with behaviour, took advice from Tom Bennett via the behaviour forum and imposed a zero tolerance approach with my class which has had great success especially with my worst offenders. I have a fabulously supportive TA to help me out and we outlined every manner of unacceptable behviour which basically means they can't move without permission or they face the sanction of losing time off their lunch/dinner time. Each misdemeanour earns a 1 minute detention. This meant initially that even generally well-behaved children got the occasional detention, say, for swinging on a chair, but that the worst offenders often spent a great deal of time with me at break or dinner to start with. Nevertheless, they didn't complain because they liked the fairness of it (previously I would overlook minor misdemeanours from 'good' children and was always met with 'It's not fair....' Now, I don't know whether it's because it's nearly the end of the year and post SATs but behaviour of my 'naughty boys' has increased and so have my sanctions (each misdemeanour now equals a 2 minute detention) but some of the behaviour this year has been so bad that they have had to be sent to head (I have been called offensive names, sworn at, humiliated, had offensive facebook remarks posted about me, etc). However, the head (whom I really like and get on well with) has a very different view of how to deal with these boys and children from other classes who regularly really overstep the mark - she favours a diffusive/let's all calm down approach, takes them off for a chat and then returns them to class. Twice have any of my children actually been excluded. Staff are becoming frustrated with this because we feel that there is no deterrent - child is really naughty - exhausts class teacher's sanctions - goes to head for nice chat - comes back. To quote head 'Being fair doesn't mean treating every child the same'. She says that because we have so many seriously naughty children who all come from homes with major family poblems, we should cut them some slack otherwise she'd end up sending lots of children home regularly. I disagree. What favours are we doing these children in letting them think that when they're older they can behave like they do with there being any consequences.?I feel we actually have a duty to make them understand that there are consequences for all of us if we act inappropriately. As a result of an incident yesterday where I made a decision and told a group of boys I was not prepared to take them on a local outing this week as a treat, head decided that because one of the boys is not one of the regualar 'naughties' and apologised, he could come. Consequently I had a very angry parent of one of the other boys on the phone complaining it was unfair. I have previously briefly taught the year 4 children I am going to inherit and some of them simply walk out of class when they don't like being reprimanded and | personally think it's because they feel they can just go to head, have a chat and then return as if nothing's happened. We have scheduled a meeting to discuss behaviour on Monday and I would be grateful for any thoughts/advice. Sorry it's long.