Michaela Community School | Pupil Premium and Catch Up Premium
Michaela Community School, Wembley

Pupil Premium and Catch Up Premium

Pupil Premium Spending Rationale


What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to children from low-income families who are, or have been, eligible for free school meals (FSM), within the last six years. The grant is also made available to support children of service personnel and those who are looked after by the local authority (LAC).

What are our aims for the Pupil Premium Grant?

The aim of the Pupil Premium is to identify and implement strategies that help to increase social mobility and reduce the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged pupils nationally. We have placed a strong emphasis on securing foundations in literacy and numeracy as we believe that our disadvantaged pupils require most support in these key areas. Furthermore, we believe that strong literacy and numeracy are crucial for preparing children for life beyond school.

Who benefits from the Pupil Premium Grant?

At Michaela, we ensure that the Pupil Premium Grant has the most benefit for those with the greatest disadvantage. Our intention is to build capacity and maximise our impact. Being such a small school with a large proportion of disadvantaged children means that some of the interventions put in place are shared by children who are not in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. We do this in order to promote good progress for all children.

What barriers do pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant face?

The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face are complex and varied- there is no single difficulty faced by all. However, we have identified several barriers that we believe are particularly relevant to our disadvantaged children in our context.

These are the key barriers we have identified:

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We allocate our Pupil Premium Grant to resources that aim to close the gaps in these areas.

How do we decide how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant?

In deciding how to use our Pupil Premium Grant, we draw upon the following sources:

  • Sutton Trust report: “The Pupil Premium: Next Steps” available here.
  • Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit, available here.
  • Research on disadvantaged pupils and the vocabulary gap, available here.
  • Our combined professional experience of what works best

From these sources we have identified the following priority areas for spending:

  • Evidence based literacy interventions: phonics, comprehension strategies, reading programmes.
  • Evidence based numeracy interventions: mastery maths
  • Additional teaching staff
  • High quality homework programmes
  • Small group and/or individual intervention groups
  • Robust vocabulary interventions

To find out about how we intend to spend the pupil premium grant and how we measured the impact in 2017/2018, click here

To find out about how we intend to spend the pupil premium grant and how we measured the impact in 2016/2017, click here

To find out about how we spent the pupil premium grant and how we measured the impact in 2015/2016, click here

To find out about how we spent the pupil premium grant and how we measured the impact in 2014/2015, click here

Catch Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch up premium gives schools extra funding to support pupils in year 7 who did not achieve the expected standard at the end of primary school.

To find out about how we spent the catch up premium and how we measured the impact in 2016/2017, click here.

The impact of the use of the Pupil Premium Grant is reviewed at the end of each academic year by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors.