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Pupil Premium

Whole school Ofsted Western Gazette

Use of the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)

This was introduced by the Government in April 2011.

The PPG, which is additional to main school funding is allocated to schools to work with students who have been registered for Free School Meals in the last 6 years, also to students who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months and to children of service personnel.

The Government believes that this targeted additional funding is the best way to help tackle any underlying disadvantages and inadequacies that exist between this group of students as defined and their peers.

The aim is to raise attainment among disadvantaged students by providing a range of learning opportunities that enable these students to reach their full potential regardless of the circumstances that might otherwise impede their progress.

The Government believes that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision their students need.

The PPG has a number of wider aims:

  • To increase social mobility.
  • To enable more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access the best in further education.
  • To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving students nationally.


Record of PPG Spending 2017-2018

The pupil premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement. The amount received from the government is dependent on the number of children who are eligible and have claimed for free school meals at any time in the last six years. 


  • We organise teaching and learning at St Michael’s Academy in order to meet the needs of all children in the best way.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups and that socially disadvantaged children have their needs adequately assessed and met.
  • We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children that are disadvantaged have free school meals. We allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any child the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged and should be making better progress.
  • We will allocate Pupil Premium funding after a needs analysis to identify priority groups and individuals.

The way that pupil premium funding is allocated at St Michael’s has been carefully considered, with a combination of funding of both academic and social activities to help improve progress and life chances. During the year 2017-2018 the money is to be  spent on the following:


Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received

Total number of pupils on roll


Total number of pupils eligible for PPG


SC children receive £300 (12 pupils)


PPG £1320 received per pupil (118)


PPG £1620 received per pupil (3)


PPG £1900 received per pupil (1) 1,900
Total amount of PPG received (inc left pupils)


Previous performance of disadvantaged pupils


Previous year


Current year


% of pupils making expected progress in English





% of pupils making expected progress in maths



Include additional performance measures relevant to your school phase Greater Depth

Greater depth


33% and 56%



Greater depth






Summary of PPG spending

Objectives in spending PPG:

Set realistic objectives that focus on specific groups of pupils or subjects. If you want to focus on mathematics, you may want to monitor progress in average point scores to show progress.

Basic Skills (Reading, Writing, Numeracy)

Inclusion in wholeschool (eg: Clubs are free, Study club for greater depth)

Increase wellbeing and confidence (Forest school, music lessons, ICT skills) – life skills and opportunity to learn in different way and team building.

Increase in participation improves focus and engagement in class

Focus on reading and developing skills to enable full participation in the whole curriculum

Challenge the more able



Summary of spending and actions taken:

  1. Voice. Giving a voice to Pupil Premium pupils in the form of a learning mentor and forest school, music, ICT

     B  To improve self-esteem and confidence through practical sessions, social support and   

          engagement in clubs

  1. Accelerated progress in numeracy and literacy through one-to-one or group intervention in class, tuition outside of school hours and specific mentoring in Year 2 and Year 6.
  2. To ensure equal opportunities for disadvantaged pupils enabling full participation in all school activities and events
  3. Challenge Targeting specific pupils with the aim of challenging them in different ways in order to stretch and broaden their horizons
  4. Residential – support given to pupils who would be unable to attend the annual residential.


Expected Outcomes

Children with a voice and self-esteem learn better, participate more in the learning process.

One-to-one intervention  throughout the school and specific mentoring in Years 6 gives pupils a springboard into future learning.

Access to opportunities is one of the greatest motivators to pupils to want to be involved and fully participate

Academic progress for disadvantaged pupils will increase in percentage performance at expected levels more than non-disadvantaged. However, the school will need to do more to enable an increase in percentage of disadvantaged pupils to reach greater depth.

All eligible disadvantaged pupils will attend the school residential and swimming lesson throughout the year.

Music lessons allow pupils to have personal time with a one-to one tutor and the experience of persistency, perseverance, as well as learning at their own pace as well as performing publicly.

Opportunities have arisen for disadvantaged pupils through visits to local National Trust Properties, Cinema and the Octagon.

Quality subject specific teaching in science, art , music and ICT will improve access to the full curriculum.

Attendance at the breakfast club will ensure that disadvantaged pupils are in a strong physiological condition to meet the demands of the school day.

By having a pupil premium champion, pupil premium  pupils have the opportunity to influence what they learn, and what they feel they need to improve upon.

The introduction of AR , the purchase of books specifically aimed at boys, and  having specific staff to mentor PP pupils in the AR scheme will significantly improve outcomes.

Running of the School Minibus for transport before School, Sporting Events and School Trips.


Record of PPG spending by item/project





Confidence Building


The purpose of these projects is to increase confidence in pupils (self worth, being a worthwhile part of the whole, the value of sustained practice etc


Forest School


To enable pupils to learn in a different / more practical way and to foste team building skills


Breakfast Club


To ensure the well being and physiological  strength of pupils

Parental link


To give a point of reference for families of both EAL and disadvantaged pupils and to ensure that all communications between home and school are efective

ELSA + PP champion


To ensure the well being and emotional health of disadvantaged pupils is enhanced and to give a further voice for those pupils.


Lunchtime Clubs


Targeted pupils to allow for more productive involvement at school at lunchtimes




The purpose of these projects is to ensure that pupil premium pupils make the same or better progress than the national expecation


SEN assistance


To support the large nuber of disadvantaged currently on the school SEN register and accelerate their performance.


TA support


Support with access to AR and in class support to accelerate progress





To engage disadvantaged pupils more in reading and accelerate progress

Library resources


To improve resources for boys in reading and create greater enagement.

Reading Cloud


To further enhance the provision for disadvantaged pupils

Subject specific teaching


To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum and give greater access to the whole curriculum



Without this support, many pupil premium children would begin and end their day with the official school hours.

This inclusion enables pupils to view school as the totality of the activities, inlcuing clubs and trips, thus normallising school time and enriching their experience.

Inclusion manager


To ensure pupils have an option when the demands of the classroom are too great and to ensure those pupils have a voice.


Transport, school trips and residential



Ensuring that all pupils are able to to be included in every aspect of school life.


EAL co-ordinator


Allowing the many disadvantaged pupils to play a full part in school life


After SchoolSports Clubs activity


Opportunity to build confidence and skills that may not be possible in the home environment





This funding enables the more able pupil premium pupils to attend challenging opportunities on and off site.

Study Club


To enable pupils to complete homework in an environment that enhances their focus and concentration


Able maths, ICTand literacy courses course and Kilve Court G & T residential


To challenge our most able PP and further develop ICT skills and application of them




































































Total PPG received


Total PPG expenditure

£182, 600

PPG remaining