I've got a Year 8 top set class of 27 pupils, 17 of which are labelled as G&T. They are a nice class, and I do enjoy teaching them. I didn't teach them in Year 7, when potential behaviour problems were growing. I am also relatively new to the teaching profession, with nearly a year under my belt, so I am trying and seeing what happens, and then learning from it. My issue(s) are that I have a 13 year old girl who is very vocal in many aspects, and is in danger of ruining this class for the next year, as I will be timetabled for them next year - We are a small department of 3. For the sake of this post, we'll call her Ava. MFL in my school is not compulsory at KS4, however this class will be subtly targeted to take it and it is my hope that a lot of them do take GCSE level languages - many of their end of KS3 targets are in Level 6 or indeed 7 for some of them, ideal for GCSE, if/when they choose to take it. After setting her a detention back in September/October time, Ava seems to have developed a massive grudge towards me and/or my subject, as it is difficult to differentiate between the two. I'm going to assume it's my subject as opposed to me - for the moment. She's complained about my lessons being boring - out loud. She's demanded to be moved to the bottom set, meaning moving out of my class - out loud. Unbeknown to her that children in my bottom set struggle with literacy generally in English, let alone in an MFL. At times she's defiant, rude and will do the minimal amount of work possible, despite being very able and actually learning well generally. Vocabulary test scores are actually done well, despite the fact she lifts a finger to learn the words via Vocab Express. If I ask her to sort out her uniform, she will then turn round and demand that her other classmates do the same as well, as if I hadn't noticed either - out loud. Also on lessons after break, she sometimes arrives late. Despite her classwork being quite good most of the time, and she is learning what I'm teaching her she is in danger of ruining my lessons. The class is being offered the option to also study French for one lesson a week with another teacher in the department, and again this was met with massive resistance on her part. "When can we drop languages?" was her question today - "At some point next year", was my response. At one of our 5 Parents' Evenings this year, I chose to sing her praises to her mother, but after which things did deteriorate. I phoned mother to book an appointment for the following Parents' Evening - she informed me that her ex-husband (Ava's father) would be attending, who she didn't talk to. I tried to book a second appointment with Ava's father, which never materialised, as on phoning home, I was greeted with "Wrong number" before the phone was quickly put down, suspiciously in the voice of the 13 year old I've been teaching. I sincerely doubt that the number I rang was wrong, but I'd been had. She has also on several occasions questioned the way in which I teach her - today's lesson was "babyish, and why is he treating us like we're 2" (again, this was said out loud). Whilst it is not my desire to preach and convert children to my subject; what can I do in order to prevent this young lady destroying the teaching and learning going on in my classroom? The only thing that I have seen work so far this year is Ava has been on report to the Head of House, and also on subject report to me. Ava is a pupil I will need to keep onside in Year 9, even if she's not taking my subject at KS4 - simply because she holds a lot of interest within the room, and others will follow her if not. In fact I know who will take my subject at KS4, it's just a matter of months before they complete their Options forms. How can I gain respect if someone is this foul?