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Pupil Premium

Our Team at Newcastle City Cross Country at Walbottle Campus

School Vision

Gosforth East Middle School's vision is ‘In the pursuit of excellence’.

The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium will support us in achieving our vision.

Definition: The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools with pupils that are

  • known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years.
  • that were adopted from care in England ( including those adopted before Dec 2005 )
  • that left care under a Special Guardianship Order ( under the Children Act 1989 )
  • that left care under a residential Order  ( under the Children Act 1989 )
  • whose parents are in the armed services, or have been in the last 4 years.

All schools have the freedom to spend this premium, which is additional to the underlying school’s budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for pupils on Pupil Premium and other pupils, dependent on need.

Funding – The indicative Pupil Premium funding for 2021/22 is £147,035 

Principles

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils
  • Pupil Premium funding is allocated following a needs analysis identifying priority groups or individuals

Statement of Intent

At Gosforth East Middle school, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that all learners should be able to reach their full potential. Our strategy is based around highly effective teaching and learning. The Education Endowment Foundation identified high quality teaching as having the biggest impact on the progress of disadvantaged pupils.

Overcoming identified barriers to learning is central to our Pupil Premium use. We identify barriers that need to be addressed and the interventions required, whether in small groups, large groups, the whole school or as individuals, and allocate a budget accordingly.

At Gosforth East we recognise that children from a disadvantaged background can face barriers to learning not experienced by their more affluent peers. We work closely with all of our families to identify barriers to learning and we use this funding to support families in the most appropriate ways.

Our ultimate objectives are to narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils and to ensure our disadvantaged pupils make or exceed the progress expected, in line with nationally expected progress rates.  We understand that this can only be achieved by supporting a child’s well-being so they feel safe and secure and are able to access the high quality teaching offered.   Providing excellent pastoral support is a key part of our approach at Gosforth East Middle School. Supporting our disadvantaged pupils and their families to engage with school - both the academic and wider life - is key to our approach.

We strive to create a fully inclusive curriculum with wider opportunities for all of our children.

Reporting

It will be the responsibility of the head teacher, or delegated member of staff to include the following information in the annual report to governors.

  • The progress made by pupils with allocated Pupil Premium funding
  • An outline of the provision made since the last meeting
  • An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support
  • At the end of the academic year, the governors will ensure there is a statement to parents informing them how Pupil Premium funding has been used to raise the achievement and remove the barriers to learning for these groups of children. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education (TBC).
  • A responsible governor is in place to act as a link between the delegated staff and the curriculum subcommittee of the governing body.

Our 2021-2022 Pupil Premium Report can be downloaded below

Appeal

Any appeals against this policy will be through the governor’s complaints procedure.