Hi everyone, I hope someone can help. I am a Phase 1 leader in a large inner city school. I came into teaching late and many staff in my phase have been teaching much longer than I have. Historically staff have gone over me and directly to the head/deputy. These have accommodated their wishes and let me know only as a fate-accompli. Now I'm not suggesting that they run everything past me, but there are some things that as Phase Leader I should be left to lead/make decisions on. I have challenged the Head and deputy before who both agreed that this should not happen, and that the staff had caught them 'off guard'. There is now a new member of staff in the phase who is very vivacious, fun and who has also previously been a phase leader/SLT member at another school, but gave up that responsibility to work part time. He is now going directly to head/deputy and giving them information, seeking approval, arranging things etc and completely by-passing me. My question is how do I resolve this and get them to discuss things with me first (the things I can help with any way) without sounding whiny or too obsessive? Or am I being obsessive? I take the whole career/responsibility very seriously (too seriously?) and know that I have very high expectations of both myself and my phase. I am beginning to feel completely undermined and wonder if I'm cut out to be a Phase Leader at all?