I have just come back to teaching again after a 2 year break and need your advice on behaviour. I am currently teaching a year 5 class. It is a small class but there are at least 6 really strong characters in it who disrupt every lesson. It is constant 'low level' disruption: talking about completely off topic things, calling out, arguing with each other, talking across the classroom, giving silly answers to make the rest of the class laugh, answering me back, etc. I keep having to stop every 2 minutes to make sure everyone is listening before I speak. I'm finding it really draining and, to be honest, quite upsetting. I have tried following the school's behaviour policy and separating the 'characters' so they are not sitting together but it seems to be ineffective with a lot of the boys in the class. I am just so tired of having to fight to get them to listen to me. I have taught year 5 before, I definitely wouldn't consider myself to be a 'soft touch' (although I probably look like I might be!) and have NEVER come across this amount of low level disruption. I don't think it's necessarily a case of them being bored/unable to access the lesson either, but maybe I'm wrong! Any tips/advice would be much appreciated!