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The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding, to help close the achievement gap between those from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers.

In 2013-14 the Pupil Premium allocation to Trinity Academy was £322,864. For 2014-15 this sum is now £331,125.

Below is a summary of how this money is being spent and its impact will be judged using the 2014 Raise-on-line and Sixth Form PANDA as well as internal Academy data.




Extra classes in English and Mathematics

The smaller classes contain a high proportion of students eligible for the Pupil Premium. These students receive a greater degree of individualized support from their class teacher. In many cases, class sizes are between 10 and 15 students, allowing for the high quality differentiation some Pupil Premium students require.

£ 60,000

Coaching Training

Intensive coaching is being given to various teachers to make sure that all teachers are catering for the needs of all learners, closing gaps between PP students and their peers.


Directors of Learning KS3 and 4

High quality academic mentoring programmes are focusing on ensuring all students make expected progress and more students make good or outstanding progress. Initially we are aiming to match national standards and then to push on to exceed these levels. To do this we are using specialist Directors of Learning in each key stage who do intervention on an individualized basis. Pupil premium students are a primary focus for these leaders during 2014-15.

£ 25,000

English and Mathematics Tutors

The school has employed the services of a Mathematics and English tutor on a permanent basis. The programme supports Pupil Premium students in the first instance through targeted intervention in small group work.


Intervention Co-ordinators

Some students in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant have poorer behaviour and attendance than their counterparts. To reduce this we thoroughly analyse behaviour and attendance data to identify early indications of disapplication and disengagement from PP students. Individualised interventions are then put in place. Some of these interventions take place through the work of Emmanuel House.

£ 37,655


Some students with Pupil Premium Funding are arriving at Trinity Academy requiring additional support in literacy skills to ensure that they can benefit from all of their lessons. If their reading ability remains poor in comparison to their peers then they will be disadvantaged in the GCSE courses and examinations they are required to sit. To support this improvement we are investing in a reading recovery programme called Lexia. Lexia is a computer based synthetic phonics programme to support literacy development. This is further supported by;

– Toe by Toe, a scheme that uses a book and a support reader to train students in the use of phonics to read effectively;

– Appointing a team of trained prefects to work with students twice a week in support of their reading improvement.

£ 8,453

Hardship fund for trips and uniforms

Students in receipt of Pupil Premium Grant may not normally be able to pay for certain trips or cultural experiences. They may also find it difficult to purchase certain items of Academy uniform.


Period Eight

Period Eight was introduced to increase Mathematics contact time between all mathematics classroom teachers and students who were underachieving, particularly PP students.

This has extended to include a range of catch up classes across a number of subject areas. Up to November 14th 2014 this has included the equivalent of at least an additional 1200 hours of contact time for students.


Alternative Education, Emmanuel House

The most vulnerable students find a large school environment difficult to cope with and often benefit from smaller, more specialist provision on a temporary or permanent basis. These students are almost exclusively pupil premium.

Alternative provision provides high-quality access to the national curriculum and a range of other subjects.

– Emmanuel House caters for KS3 students and is intended as a short term intervention before reintegration into the main school.


Education Welfare

Our in-house EWO works with a large group of pupil premium students who are on the verge of or who have become persistent absentees. Liaising with parents, the LA and other external agencies she overcomes the barriers to school engagement.


Work Placement Co-ordinator and careers guidance

Low aspirations and the lack of a clear goal to aim for at the end of Year 11 were identified as a possible cause of underachievement for pupil premium students entering the school with a level 3, 4b or 4c. These students are placed on green route at the beginning of year 10 which allows them to access work placement provision that often leads on to apprenticeships.

Specialist careers guidance is also offered to these students.


Provide all teaching colleagues with access to the names of the students they teach who are eligible for the Pupil Premium.

Colleagues are provided with this information at the start of the year and use it alongside other contextual information when planning differentiation and interventions. SISRA data tracking software is then being used to ensure that gaps are tracked.


Teacher support and development

An experienced Head of Department from Emmanuel College, Gateshead is supporting staff development to improve teaching quality and raise standards. We have bought in his support one day per week. Additionally, coaching support from The Kings Academy, Middlesbrough is being used to improve teaching quality. This has been bought in for up to two days per week.

£ 10,000

TEEP training

Improving the overall quality of teaching will disproportionately improve the achievement of Pupil Premium students (John Dunford – National Pupil Premium Champion). Therefore, we are investing in a programme designed to improve the quality of teaching across the Academy. This will be to the benefit of all students but will improve the achievement of those in receipt of Pupil Premium at a greater rate.

£  20,000

Provision mapping software and CPD

Ensure that all provision for students is mapped across the year to enable evaluation and planning of interventions that are of best value.


Heads of Department residential and training

Heads of Department improvement is essential to sustaining long term development of teaching and learning. An investment in CPD for Heads of Department to develop their ability to coach and improve the quality of teaching will support the most disadvantaged proportionately more.


NPQSL: Marking and feedback CPD

High quality marking and feedback is one of the most significant interventions that can be used in school to accelerate progress. NPQSL CPD and personal coaching from an experienced Ofsted inspector will accelerate leadership in this area.


AST – Boys achievement and interventions

Many of the students who are underperforming are white-British boys who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium monies. An AST is working with English and Mathematics in the first instance to devise “boy friendly” teaching methods; developing a teaching magazine to develop all staff practice in teaching boys; working with a specific cohort of boys to improve behavior standards; using an e-bulletin to promote boy friendly approaches on a weekly basis


Breakfast club

Cooking club

Maths magicians

Science club

A range of clubs with a pupil premium focus

Maths Revision residential

2 day residential revision camp targeted at Y11 PPG students. This was then followed up by pre exam immersion sessions and holiday revision sessions.



£ 324,358


Other interventions employed across the academy for PPG students include:

  • PE interventions: Rock climbing and archery
  • English interventions
  • Attendance prizes and incentives

Impact Assessment

The impact of the pupil premium spending for 2014-15 can be summarised as follows:

  • Continuous Improvement in the outcomes of pupil premium students:


National Average (PPG)




5A*-CEM 36% 44% 35% 44%
English Expected progress 58%  64% 68% 79%
Mathematics Expected progress 48% 42% 39% 52%
Ebacc 11% 8% 13% 22%
  • Capped average point score (APS) is on an upward trajectory from 2015 onwards for both PPG and non – PPG with all cohorts expected to be above national PPG results.


• At KS5 PPG shows improvement of 2% for AS %A-B grades;
• 1.5% increase in attendance of PPG students from 2012-13 to 2013-14;
• PPG attendance improved by 3% for years 11 and 13 for academic year 13 – 14;
• All Y11 PPG students went on to further education, employment or training. No PPG were NEETS;
• At KS5 11 out of 17 PPG students went on to further or higher education.