I'm head at a medium sized urban school. High FSM, SEN, CP, etc, etc. We've just emerged from under the floor standards but it's been very, very hard going and there's still a long, long way to go. We all feel under a great deal of pressure. Staff morale is currently very low as a consequence. Loads of grumblings about all sorts of stuff. Eg. some staff don't like my two Phase Team leaders who they feel are too strong (longer standing staff members seem to have been left to get on with things in their own way in their rooms and don't like the shared approach I'm trying to develop through these colleagues), a new appointment has proven a disappointment and is irritating other staff members, some parents are unhappy that I'm not extending a temporary teacher's contract (don't ask how they know- that's another saga), a group of parents are threatening to ring ofsted about a child who was found with a knife in his bag, some staff pursuing grievances about the support staff reorganisation we had to make because of budget reductions, another seeking compensation after being punched by a pupil, another complaining of stress via her union, I could go on. I want some ideas as to how I can improve the atmosphere and bring a little more harmony and professionalism to our work place. There are lots of muttered conversations the minute people leave the staff room and it all feels really unpleasant. The sheer weight of stuff to be resolved is leaving me feeling physically ill and the volume is impossible to manage. My Governors are drawn from the local community and are quite new to their roles. They aren't sure how they can deal with all of the issues that need resolving. I don't want to talk to the LEA because I'm worried they'll still see us as a "vulnerable" school again. How have you worked through similar periods? Help!