At Lessness Heath we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children, and we believe that no child should be left behind. We are committed to ensuring that our children have equal opportunities to achieve their full potential. To ensure this happens, schools in England are provided additional funding through a Pupil Premium Grant (PPG).
Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding. It is used to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The funding for the academic year is split in two. The first half is September-March and the second half is April-August.
Schools decide how the Pupil Premium Grant is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made in supporting individual pupils and they use this to narrow the attainment and achievement gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium students. The 2023 - 2024 pupil premium funding in primary schools is £1455 per child.
‘It is for schools to decide on how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per free schools meal pupil, is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupil within their responsibility’ DfE.
At Lessness Heath we aim to provide quality first teaching as a priority to support pupils further to develop and improve their knowledge, skills and understanding. We invest in improving the quality of teaching and learning and providing research-based interventions to dimmish the difference in the attainment gap between our disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils. We aim to develop practice and provision of the highest standard to enable all pupils to achieve their potential through a relentless focus on the attainment and progress of our disadvantaged pupils and an awareness of their needs in everything we do.
Around 25% of our pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium. At Lessness Heath we recognise that each pupil has different needs, concerns and aspirations and we aim to provide a tailored offer of education, care and support which ensures the best outcomes for all.