Tuesday, 18th July 2017
NORTHUMBERLAND academy is recognised with a prestigious national accolade
A NORTHUMBERLAND academy has been recognised with a prestigious national accolade for the successful way it invests funding for disadvantaged students and the impact on their attainment.
Bede Academy, in Blyth, has been designated Regional Champion for the North East in the Pupil Premium Awards 2017, one of only eight secondary schools nationally to be recognised.
The academy's senior strategic director Shayne Elsworth and two students, Shaun Olsen and Erin Brown, were invited to
They took the opportunity to sit in on a debate on education funding and apprenticeships in the House of Lords, and to visit other sights in the capital.
Mr Elsworth said: “This award is testament to the hard work and determination of teachers across the academy who work tirelessly to ensure that no student gets left behind."
Sixth former Shaun added: “It was an honour to represent
The pupil premium is additional funding awarded to state funded schools to support their work in closing the gap between disadvantaged students and their peers.
The annual awards recognise those education providers considered to be doing the most to improve the performance of disadvantaged children.
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"This ensures that resources are targeted to whole-school teaching and learning strategies to benefit all students, whilst teachers and a dedicated academic team closely track, monitor and regularly review the progress of disadvantaged students and plan specific individualised support if they are falling behind."
The academy also targets support to improve attendance and behaviour where these may be barriers to progress.
Its selection as a Pupil Premium Regional Champion follows a Department for Education Pupil Premium local award last year.