The pupil premium (PP) is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units. Closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers is a priority at Trinity School. It is clear that schools can make a difference to that gap. In England, the gap has closed in both primary and secondary schools since the introduction of the Pupil Premium, and in every part of the country schools have demonstrated how great teaching and careful planning can make a huge impact on the outcomes of children who may be facing disadvantage.
At Trinity we recognise that good teaching is the most important lever our school has to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Using the Pupil Premium to improve teaching quality benefits all students and has a particularly positive effect on children eligible for the Pupil Premium. While the Pupil Premium is provided as a different grant from core funding, this financial split will not create an artificial separation from whole class teaching.
Our Pupil Premium Strategy 2020/21 outlines in detail our tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending.
Spending on improving teaching might include professional development, training and support for early career teachers and recruitment and retention. Ensuring an effective teacher is in front of every class, and that every teacher is supported to keep improving, is the key ingredient of a successful school and is a top priority for Pupil Premium spending at our school.
Targeted academic support
Evidence consistently shows the positive impact that targeted academic support can have, including on those who are not making good progress across the spectrum of achievement. Considering how classroom teachers and teaching assistants can provide targeted academic support, including how to link structured one-to-one or small group intervention to classroom teaching, is a key component of our Pupil Premium strategy.
Wider strategies relate to the most significant non-academic barriers to success at school, including attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support.
We ask all parents to let us know if they fall into any of the categories for their child to be eligible for the Pupil Premium. Often, it means that pupils have been, or are, entitled to free school meals and even if parents don't wish to claim, if we know, we can get extra money for the benefit of the school. It can make a big difference so we ask parents to get in touch if they need help applying for eligibility.
In the 2020/2021 financial year, schools will receive £1,345 for pupils in reception year to year 6 who are registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
Service Children - Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence will receive £310.
Schools will also receive £2,345 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:
• A special guardianship order
• A child arrangements order
• A residence order