Overcoming challenging circumstances
The ebullient Vice Principal at Whitley Academy, Stephen Steinhaus has written candidly and practically on how Whitley Academy overcome challenging circumstances with a focus on how in particular they support disadvantaged students in the SSAT this week.
‘Sure, we could look at all the indicators of a school in ’challenging circumstances’ and say that Whitley Academy meets a number of them, and that we deliver in the face all of those things and more. Instead, the challenging circumstances that we care about are those we face in meeting the very high expectations we set for ourselves and for students (96% attendance, positive progress 8 for disadvantaged students and for the whole cohort despite standard KS2 scores)… we focus on the internal challenges rather than external and contextual challenges.
For staff, the challenge starts at…’