At St Michael’s Church of England High School, all members of staff and governors accept responsibility for disadvantaged children and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment.

Common barriers for disadvantaged children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence and independence (particularly in Key Stage 3), more frequent behaviour difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from fulfilling their potential.

The school receives additional funding in the form of pupil premium for children entitled to free school meals in the last 6 years (FSM6), children in care and children of parents in the armed forces (Service Premium). From September 2014, pupils recently adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order have also been eligible for additional funding.

The DfE does not dictate how schools should spend this money, but it is clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will best support their children to increase their progress and ‘diminish the difference’ between the performance of disadvantaged children and that of their peers. Since September 2012, we have been required to publish online information about how we have used the pupil premium. This ensures that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the attainment of students covered by the pupil premium and the extra support that they receive.

There is £434,195 funding available for pupil premium during the financial year 2020/21. The Pupil Premium rate for eligible pupils can be found here.

In 2019 to 2020 financial year, schools received the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6 (£1,345 from April 1st 2020)
  • £   935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11 (£ 955 from April 1st 2020)

Schools will receive £2,300 (£2,345 from April 2020) for any pupil:

  • identified in the January 2019 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
    • adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)

The strategy for the use of pupil premium is reviewed in September of each year to ensure that we are meeting needs appropriately.