The problem – I had a hideous last few lessons with my hardest Year 8 (S1) class at the end of last term. Worse, my NQT observation with them was graded as inadequate because of behaviour. My other observations have been outstanding, but this one fell flat – they wouldn’t stop talking, throwing paper, getting out of their seats. I need to make a fresh start by rethinking my expectations. But what is the best way?