Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium was introduced by the government in April 2011 and is a payment given to schools, from the Local Authority, to help support children from families on lower incomes - those who have ever been eligible to free school meals since their children started school.

At St Michael's we believe that all pupils should be taught to a good standard, according to their individual needs. In order to accelerate progress and narrow achievement gaps where necessary we use a number of additional strategies. Pupil Premium is partly used to fund these interventions. The monies are designed to diminish the gaps in academic achievement between these children and their peers if necessary. Targeted small group and individual tuition are used daily to help children that need extra support. The use of teachers and teaching assistants who are highly trained also helps to address under-achievement. We employ a highly skilled teacher and intervention teaching assistant to focus on children who have significant learning and social difficulties and a proportion of their salary is covered by the Pupil Premium funding we receive.

More generally we are aiming to accelerate progress by investing time in a range of intervention processes such as 1:1 reading, and small group work. We also provide specific interventions to meet pupils needs, based on external professional advice such as, STLS (schools' teaching and learning service) and Educational Psychologists reports. 

Equally, our Family Liaison Officer provides a daily service for families who require extra support. We will also invest some of these monies into providing broader extended opportunities for these children such as access to after school clubs, forest school or to educational trips they might otherwise miss out on.

The school monitor pupil premium regularly, however a formal review takes place in term 6 ready for the next academic year and to inform our school development process.


Click here for the Pupil Premium Strategy Plan