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The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.


In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium (allocated to schools per FSM pupil) is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

During the 22-23 academic year, St. Michael's Community Academy has a pupil premium percentage of 50%. This is significantly higher than the overall percentage for Cheshire East, and for the national figure.

Our Pupil Premium allocation for 23-24 is £252,443.00




The COVID Premium is an additional payment made to all schools in the 23-24 academic year to use as they decide best to mitigate the negative effects of disruption caused by the COVID pandemic. The amount given to each school is based upon pupil numbers. In the 23-24 academic year St. Michael's has been allocated £25,303.0 of catch-up premium funding. The intended spending of this amount is listed alongside that of our pupil premium plan, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done.


Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. Historically levels of attainment have been lower for children on free school meals, and this is also a national trend. Through targeted interventions we are working towards eliminating barriers to learning and progress. Many of our children start school with very low attainment levels. Our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress as they move through the school. 


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