Pupil Premium



At St Michael in the Hamlet Community Primary School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children, and believe that everyone, regardless of race, gender or family circumstances, should have equal access to high quality education. St Michael in the Hamlet strives to inspire children to become creative problem solvers, ready to thrive and succeed in the 21st Century. We aim to give children a positive first experience of learning, and encourage them to be responsible citizens, who appreciate the value of community

The Pupil Premium Grant provides additional funding on top of the main funding school receives. It is targeted at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families.


Children can have a number of barriers there is no single difficulty faced by all families. Poor attendance, pupil progress and achievement below the expected range, lower self-esteem, less positive attitudes to learning, and behavioural needs are issues faced more frequently in children eligible for Pupil Premium. Some children eligible for Pupil Premium make accelerated progress in some areas too.

Accessing all children’s progress and wellbeing in the systematic way we do through our weekly Hub meetings ensures that all children have the support they need to make sustained progress. Knowing a child is eligible for Pupil Premium ensures that any potential need is particularly monitored, and that school can respond to any need in a timely way, particularly for family support.


Children across whole school

Every eight weeks every child’s progress is reviewed and key staff discuss how the pupil premium can best be spent to allow children to continue to progress. This is done on an individual basis and our resources are flexibly deployed. Some intervention or resources may be more long term than others to meet individual need.


According to new Nuffield-funded research from the National Foundation for Educational Reseach (NFER) schools are experiencing a variety of challenges due to covid-19. At St Michael in the Hamlet, we are supporting our children to recover both academically and in terms of their wellbeing but this is a long term undertaking made more challenging by new covid-19 variants. Our Pupil Premium spending plan aims to provide targeted support for wellbeing and enrichment as well as academic ‘catch up’. This will enable us to support our pupils appropriately, according to their needs.

Click on the link below to view our Pupil premium spending document for 2021-2022:

Pupil Premium Document 21-22



Item Cost Aims Outcome
CPD for all staff £21,500
  • CPD opportunities are provided for all staff to refresh and strengthen practice
CPD is an effective way to improve pupil performance, increase staff retention, improve staff knowledge and develop a culture of excellence across the whole school. CPD helps teachers to continually improve and reflect on the quality of their teaching and sustains positive outcomes for all learners.
Emotional Mental Health and Wellbeing,


  • Enable children to build secure and healthy relationships.
  • Help children to deal with challenging behaviours and difficult emotions.
  • Minimise future cost of mental health by equipping children with the right tools to deal with challenges effectively.
Emerging evidence from the covid-19 pandemic suggests there are increased factors influencing the mental health and wellbeing of children including worries and concerns around their education, missing school transitions, being away from school for sustained periods of time and a general uncertainty about the future. Children who undergo the process of counselling grow and gain confidence and children become equipped with a set of emotional and cognitive coping skills that will allow them to overcome adversity in the future. The timely detection of mental health problems and early intervention are imperative to enhance the quality of life for children and minimise the future cost of mental health care.
Targeted & Intensive Curriculum Support.

Staffing, resources

  • The effective inclusion of all children in high quality teaching and learning.
  • Additional bespoke intervention and provision to enhance the progress of pupil premium children in reading, writing and maths through one-to-one interventions and small group collaborative learning.
  • Use of high quality equipment and resources to remove barriers to learning.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of strategies used.
  • ‘Keep-up’ rather than ‘catch-up’.
  • Deployment of LSA’s in year groups with high pupil premium percentage.
Evidence suggests that one-to-one learning helps to build self-esteem and confidence as well as plugging those gaps in knowledge. Collaborative learning activities enable pupils to interact verbally with each other and improves communication skills and language acquisition. Evidence suggests that the integration of structured, classroom based approaches that encourage pupils to work together within existing teaching & learning repertoires can have a significant impact on attainment and progress.

The idea behind such interventions is that they fill the gaps in the child’s learning and allows them to return to class and keep up with the work being taught by the class teacher. Year groups with a high percentage of pupil premium children (Y3) will have extra access to Learning Support Assistants to improve academic progress.

IT Equipment and Remote Learning Support.

Laptops, iPads, dongles for internet access

  • To address the digital divide and narrow the disadvantage gap by increasing access to technology.
Disadvantaged families are supported with available technology. Lockdown, due to Covid-19, is exacerbating the digital divide issue as devices are needed for parents working from home and by other siblings being required to access digital learning during school hours. 

In order to engage successfully with remote learning, children eligible for pupil premium will be given school support to ensure sufficient internet access at home and adequate access to laptops and iPads.


EWO, reward system

  • To support improved attendance and punctuality
Significantly improve rates of attendance and punctuality.

Positive reward system,

  • Praise and reward system to create a positive learning environment and mutually respectful relationships.
A classroom environment that is managed well is a prerequisite for effective teaching. Learning happens when everyone is focused, interested, and engaged.
Cultural Capital (1) – Enrichment

(inc. music and language e.g. Resonate brass sessions, Rock Kidz, Spanish)

  • A full range of opportunities across the curriculum to provide wider life-enhancing benefits.
Pupils are supported to learn new creative skills which in turn supports connections and socialisation with others.
Cultural Capital (2) –

Educational visits and Visitors to School

 (inc. residential trips)

  • Enhanced cultural capital to narrow the gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium pupils by reducing the gap in access to opportunities for disadvantaged pupils.
  • Enhance children’s life skills and opportunities.
  • Increase team bonding, resilience and self-esteem.
There is wide recognition that pupils eligible for pupil premium are less likely to benefit from high levels of cultural opportunities due to family financial circumstances. Children eligible for pupil premium have opportunities to engage in learning outside the classroom and access to visitors to support wider learning across the curriculum. Residential visits (PGL) promote increased levels of motivation, perseverance and resilience.
Breakfast Club and After-School Haven.

Staffing, snacks, equipment

  • To provide free Breakfast Club for all pupil premium children to enable a positive start to their day.
Access to a breakfast every morning will give children the best chance at being alert and ready for learning. Breakfast Club will also have a direct impact on attendance and punctuality. After school Haven provides a safe-place for children and supports working families.

Our objectives for Pupil Premium spending in 2020/21:

  • To improve the progress in reading of our children in receipt of the PP grant.
  • To improve the progress in writing of our children in receipt of the PP grant.
  • To improve the progress in maths of our children in receipt of the PP grant.
  • To promptly identify children and families in need of support and ensure that these children and families are aware of, and able to receive/access, the necessary, appropriate provision to improve their social and emotional well-being.
  • To continue to communicate with families in receipt of the PP grant about any barriers that may prevent them from accessing and being involved in school life, and to ensure there is continued inclusion of families in receipt of the PP grant in all aspects of school life.
  • To give families the support they need to improve their child’s punctuality when arriving at school.
  • To support pupils’ mental health in light of Covid-19 global pandemic.


Year 3 trip to Park Palace Ponies…After everything we’ve been through this year, we were so pleased to get out and about in our local community! We loved the ponies!

Reviewing Pupil Premium Spending

Spending of Pupil Premium funding is reviewed across the year depending on the changing needs of the children as a result of academic assessment and any social or emotional needs. Usually the reviews are every 8 weeks, although we may change intervention sooner depending on level of need. The impact of any spending is reviewed to ensure that it is having the impact that was planned. The needs of some of our children eligible for Pupil premium are complex and may require ongoing intervention at some level. Other children need targeted support in specific areas at specific times in their education. During the final part of the Summer term the overall progress of all children eligible for PP is compared to that of children not eligible , and we aim to see that all the interventions together have made a difference in closing any gap in progress. We can also review which interventions had the most impact on progress.

Unable to complete evaluation and review for 2020 – 2021 due to Covid-19/school lockdown

Pupil Premium Spending Last Year 2019 – 2020

The funding our school received for the year April 2019 to March 2020 was £118,360

Total Expenditure for year 2019-2020 was £146,590. Spending shortfall of £28,230 was covered by school.

Item Cost Aims Outcome
 CPD for all staff £ 21,500 To improve standards of teaching so that all children have access to quality-first teaching that raises awareness of barriers to learning including emotions and attachment. Teaching across the school is at least 90% good or better. Children are able to learn well because staff adapt teaching to match emotional needs
Staffing and resourcing for Breakfast Club from 7.45 £ 10,800 To provide free Breakfast Club for all PP children  to enable children to have a positive start their day having had something to eat and played with peers. To ensure that PP children have the best chance at being alert and ready for learning. In addition to improve attendance and punctuality.

To improve general well-being and social skills.

Fully-funded curriculum trips/ visitors (transport and site admission costs) to school £ 17,500 To widen the experiences of children eligible for PP, providing enrichment; leading to improved outcomes in reading, writing and maths To further develop children’s awe and wonder and general well-being. Widen their cultural experiences, enabling them to see themselves as global citizens
Booster classes for Y6 SATs. Targeting pupil premium children at risk of delay £ 1, 950 To target   children  eligible for PP who are in danger of not making sufficient progress or achieving the national standard in SATs. Improved outcomes for pupils in reading, writing and maths and future learning.
Access to an enriched school experiences- House Teams, School Council, Musical and Language (Spanish) experiences. Inc  Rock Kids, Spanish  lessons, Climbing hangar sessions and Wider Opportunity Brass sessions. £ 13,850 Children eligible for PP have opportunities to engage in learning outside the classroom and deepening their social and cultural outlooks on life. Widen children’s life experiences Enhance the development of their well-being.
Purchase of incentives and rewards to promote good attendance and punctuality £ 5,100 To reward those children  eligible for PP who reach our attendance and punctuality expectations/ targets. Significantly improve % rates of attendance and punctuality in school.

Help children and adults recognise the importance of good attendance and punctuality for life.

EWO SLA to support improved attendance and punctuality especially for children eligible for PP £2,400 To reward those children eligible for PP who reach our attendance and punctuality expectations/ targets. To target families where additional support is needed. Significantly improve % rates of attendance and punctuality in school.

Help children and adults recognise the importance of good attendance and punctuality for life.

Maintenance of 15 non-mixed age classes and 3 intervention spaces £ 4,100 Ensure that  children eligible for PP access a quality learning environment. Improved outcomes for all children academically and socially.
Targeted interventions to help children eligible for PP reach their potential inc  reading, dyslexia, Read write a-z, Outdoor Learning £ 48,400 To provide bespoke interventions for children eligible to PP Improved outcomes for all children in reading, writing, mathematics
Purchase of  mindfulness and emotional resilience materials and attendance at training inc. running sessions in school £3,490 To raise self-esteem and positive self-image and develop strategies for children to learn coping mechanisms Improved confidence and development in social skills leading to improved outcomes for chn.
Payment for staff providing after school club £ 4,700 Enrichment of children’s experience; cultural awareness, musical ability, physical development confidence etc Children to develop greater self-confidence.
External specialist support fees including SEN, Attachment and also in Counselling £12,800 To provide timely and effective  interventions for children eligible to PP Improved outcomes for all children academically and socially.

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