The Government introduced the Pupil Premium in April 2011. It is intended to "help schools narrow the attainment gap that still exists between pupils from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds". It is ring-fenced to ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who are in most need of it.
Trinity Academy is an SEMH school in an area of high deprivation. The 3 wards we serve have the highest unemployment rates in Newcastle Upon Tyne, approximately 4 times the national average. At Trinity Academy, we have relentlessly continued to close the gap between students and national expectations for attainment. Our strategy for Pupil Premium spend is to ensure each individual is prepared and motivated to learn and resources are targetted to maximise success. The barriers to educational achievement that our disadvantaged children face are complex and varied. They range from social and economic deprivation to emotional trauma and safeguarding concerns. Many students have had disrupted learning in their education at previous placements and so have a low starting point.
In June 2017, the academy was eligible to receive the Pupil Premium in respect of 79% of its pupils and it is currently paid at the rate of £1,320 from primary-school age pupils and £935 for secondary-school age.
The next Pupil Premium strategy review will be held on 25.06.18