Pupil Premium Reports

St Michael’s School - Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is an extra grant of money given to schools by central government to support pupils who qualify for Free School Meals (FSM). The definition includes any pupil that has qualified for FSM in the last 6 years, even if they are currently not claiming. Research shows that on average, pupils qualifying for FSM are likely to do less well at school. Whilst this is an average and a generalisation, the initiative behind the grant is to use the pupil premium to support FSM pupils in any relevant or special ways to enable them to attain and achieve as well as their non FSM peers.

The Pupil Premium Grant is also given to pupils who are adopted from care or currently in care and is not linked to household income.

For the purposes of our reporting, we refer to all children in receipt of this additional funding as 'PPG' pupils.

At St. Michael’s we take into account the following factors when deciding how to spend Pupil Premium funding:

  • Research findings that demonstrate the relative effectiveness of different interventions e.g. The Sutton Trust Report
  • How to adapt high quality whole class teaching to meet the needs of all pupils, and especially any vulnerable groups and those eligible for Pupil Premium funding
  • Careful identification of the right provision for Pupil Premium pupils - what is effective support for one pupil might not be so effective for another
  • Awareness of how to enhance provision if the pupil also has special education needs or disabilities (SEN/D)
  • The ongoing training of teachers and teaching assistants so that the needs of all pupils, especially those eligible for the Pupil Premium, are met
  • Engagement with parents so that school and home can work together in partnership to best help the child

Our eligible pupils generally achieve highly in all areas of the curriculum and are performing the same as or better than their peers.


Our pupil premium strategy is reviewed annually in the Summer Term. However, we are constantly evaluating the success of our work with individual pupils and groups during each academic year and adapting our provision to be most effective.

Impact of this Initiative

The school staff monitor the progress of all pupils very closely and FSM pupils especially. The majority of FSM pupils are on track to make age-related attainment and good progress in Reading, Writing and Maths between KS1 and KS2. FSM pupils also benefit in other subject areas and other non-academic characteristics thanks to the care and guidance provided by St Michael’s staff. It is worth noting that the school spends more than just the Pupil Premium grant on additional support for FSM pupils.

Invitation to Parents

Parents who have pupils on FSM are welcome to discuss with the Headteacher any further support that might be able to be provided for their children. Parents who think they might qualify for FSM should contact the office staff for a confidential discussion or seek information from the website www.hertsdirect.org.


The impact of our pupil premium strategy is measured in the following ways:

  • Through pupil voice; informal discussions, surveys and Head Teacher Review Meetings in Year 6.
  • Through parent voice; informal discussions and surveys when a pupil has received a specific intervention.
  • Through staff feedback following training and within the performance management process.
  • Pupil progress meetings are held with class teachers regularly and data is analysed on an individual basis. Where applicable, these meetings involve the school SENCo.
  • The senior leadership team and SENCo look at a variety of data and tracking information related to individual pupils and act accordingly.

Main Barriers to Achievement Faced by PPG Pupils in 2017-18

1. SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health)

We are helping to improve self-esteem, confidence and independence.

We are working to help our PPG pupils develop their behaviour for learning.

2. Diminishing Differences in attainment and progress

We are using a range of interventions and booster groups to help diminish differences for our PPG pupils in reading, writing and maths.


We are working to support our PPG pupils who also have SEND with their needs on an individual basis. There are detailed plans in place to support these pupils; including in the area of Speech and Language and Autism.

For 2017-18 we have a total of £13,620 of Pupil Premium Funds and our focus for funding is based assessment of individual needs and on our commitment to securing outstanding progress for all pupils, maintaining a sense of well-, self-esteem and confidence.

For 2016-17 we had a total of £16, 840 of Pupil Premium Funds and our focus for funding was based assessment of individual needs and on our commitment to securing outstanding progress for all pupils, maintaining a sense of well-being, self-esteem and confidence.


In 2016-17:

  • PPG pupils in Early Years made very strong progress.
  • All PPG pupils in Key Stage One passed the Phonics Screening Check.
  • Across Key Stages One and Two, our PPG pupils made at least sufficient progress, including where they are also SEND pupils. In many cases progress was ‘good’ or ‘very strong’.
  • There were no PPG pupils in Years 2 or 6 in 2016-17.

For the year 2015/2016 we used the Pupil Premium funding in the following ways: