Pupil Premium Impact Report 2019/2020

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in 2011 in recognition of the fact that, nationally, children who come from low income families (for example, those who are eligible for free school meals), children who are in the care of the local authority, or those who have parents serving in the Armed Services, do less well by the end of Year 11.

Heart of England School’s goal is ‘Creating Futures’ for all our students. We aim, as detailed in our Curriculum Offer, to offer a ‘greenhouse rather than a hot-house so that our students can flourish, feel successful and achieve highly’.  We use the Pupil Premium funding we receive to specifically help students who qualify for this funding to make the best possible progress and to remove as many potential barriers to learning as is in our power to do so.

Use of the Pupil Premium Grant at Heart of England School

Regular analysis of student attainment and progress enables us to identify students for whom we have a progress concern and to implement support or intervention as necessary in response to this data.  Some students will require classroom intervention or support for a short period of time or, in some instances, additional intervention will be needed either as part of a small group or 1:1.

We are equally aware that some of our students will require additional pastoral support, either in response to a particular challenge or difficulty, or perhaps in ensuring that they have the self-care and self-regulating skills they need to face the demands of examinations. We also provide funding to ensure Pupil Premium students are ready for learning and to take full advantage of enrichment opportunities.

As part of our approach (further details of which can be found in the school’s Pupil Premium Action Plan), we have identified four areas of focus that we believe through experience and research will best help meet the needs of our Pupil Premium students and remove any potential barriers.  Examples of the type of support we use our Pupil Premium Grant to address are included under the four headings below:

Raising Aspiration Support & Wellbeing Student Progress Impact & Evaluation
  • Careers Advice
  • Peripatetic music lessons
  • Personalised Curriculum (where necessary)
  • Curricular and Extra-Curricular Enrichment Opportunities
  • Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Pastoral Support
  • Transport
  • Uniform / PE kit
  • Parental Information Evenings
  • Equipment
  • Revision Materials
  • Subscription support
  • Transition
  • Creation of Pastoral Inclusion Manager
  • Contribution towards staffing in English and Maths
  • Online Learning Platforms (such as MathsWatch, Doddle)
  • Progress Analysis and tracking (SISRA)
  • Revision Guides
  • Literacy/ Numeracy Intervention
  • Year 7 resources bundle
  • PP setting scrutiny
  • Progress Working Group
  • Data Analysis following assessments
  • SIRA Analytics

Student Profile 2017-18

2017-18 Total Number of students No. PP students Non PP PP % Cohort
Year 7 221 36 185 16%
Year 8 215 31 184 14%
Year 9 206 24 182 11%
Year 10 195 35 160 18%
Year 11 201 22 179 11%
Total 1038 148 890 15%

Achievement 2019

2019 Results PP Students (22 students) Non PP Students (179 students)
% Achieving Grade 5+ English and maths 31.8% 50.0%
2018 Results 20% 51%
% Achieving Grade 4+ English and maths 45.5% 77.5%
2018 Results 37.5% 77%
% Achieving Grade 4+ English 59.1% 87.6%
2018 Results 63% 88%
% Achieving Grade 4+ Maths 59.1% 81.5%
2018 Results 41% 81%
% Achieving Grade 5+ English 45.5% 77%
2018 Results 47% 75%
% Achieving Grade 5+ Maths 40.9% 54.5%
2018 Results 19% 45%
Progress 8 average Score* -0.43 0.088
2018 Results -0.59 0.05
Attainment 8 average score 42.78 51.14
2018 Results 35.16 52.71
% Achieving EBACC Grade 5 incl English and maths 13.6% 21.9%
2018 Results 3% 24%

* Provisional pending publication of DFE Data for 2019

Narrowing the Gap

The performance of our disadvantaged learners continues to improve, evidence of such improvement includes:

  • 19% increase in number of disadvantaged learners achieving Grade 4+ in maths
  • Almost 22% increase in the number of disadvantaged learners achieving Grade 5 in maths
  • 47% disadvantaged learners achieving 5+ in English
  • Almost 12% increase in disadvantaged learners achieving Grade 5+ in English and maths
  • 5% disadvantaged learners achieving Grade 4+ in English and maths

Heart of England has long recognised that the attendance of our disadvantaged learners is not as great as non-disadvantaged learners.  The attendance of this group improved by almost 2% in 2018-19 when compared to 2017-18, with attendance at 90%.

There has been a further 38% reduction in Fixed Term Exclusions for disadvantaged learners between the academic years 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Key Stage 3 Attainment

Year 7

Pupil Premium English Maths
Better Than Expected Progress 32% 14%
Expected Progress 53% 76%
Less Than Expected Progress 15% 11%


Non-Pupil Premium English Maths
Better Than Expected Progress 28% 12%
Expected Progress 45% 78%
Less Than Expected Progress 27% 11%

Year 8

Pupil Premium English Maths
Better Than Expected Progress 14%  
Expected Progress 57% 69%
Less Than Expected Progress 29% 31%


Non-Pupil Premium English Maths
Better Than Expected Progress 26% 14%
Expected Progress 56% 64%
Less Than Expected Progress 18% 22%

Year 9

Pupil Premium English Maths
Better Than Expected Progress 28% 4%
Expected Progress 38% 88%
Less Than Expected Progress 34% 8%


Non-Pupil Premium English Maths
Better Than Expected Progress 12% 15%
Expected Progress 54% 70%
Less Than Expected Progress 34% 13%

However, staff and governors at Heart of England are aware that we need to do more to improve the progress of our pupil premium students in relation to non-pupil premium students.  Strategies and approaches that we have used to narrow this gap include (but are not limited to):

  • Creating the role of Pastoral Inclusion Manager who focuses upon the attainment and progress of Pupil Premium students across the school, as well as liaising with parents / carers as necessary.
  • Funding of additional experienced, subject specialists in English and maths to create an additional set in Key Stage 4 with the view to improving teacher/student ratio and improving progress and attainment
  • Staffing costs associated with Pastoral Support, ensuring that we have a team who know all their students including their Pupil Premium Students so that they can support and challenge students to reach their potential
  • Contribution towards the salary of a wellbeing practitioner who can respond to aspects of our students’ mental health, ensuring resilience and enabling a focus upon learning
  • Increased visibility and knowledge of students through the use of more readily accessible data in the form of SISRA; providing context sheets to staff to increase awareness of their students and enabling class teachers to look at patterns of attainment and progress
  • Contributions to students participating in a variety of enrichment opportunities such as school visits and trips, participation in foreign exchange trips, peripatetic music lessons
  • Contribution to the cost of uniform, cooking ingredients, text books and computer equipment to ensure Pupil premium students are ‘ready to learn’ and able to access curriculum
  • Funding used to support the employment of a Home-School liaison officer who can work to increase the attendance of Pupil Premium students
  • Purchase of revision guides and resources
  • Providing all Year 7 PP students with basic equipment and resources such calculators, MFL dictionary, English SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) dictionary

Pupil Premium Proposed Expenditure: 2019-20

2018-19 Pupil Premium Grant: £131, 880

Focus: Raising Aspirations
Expense PP Allocation
Careers £2,000
Enrichment / Peripatetic Music Tuition £15,550
Home School Liaison Officer £17,700
Duke of Edinburgh subscription / participation costs £750
Total £36,000


Focus: Support and Wellbeing
Expense PP Allocation
Wellbeing Practitioner £20,000
Pastoral Staffing contribution (Pastoral Managers and Admin Support costs) £24,000
Pastoral Inclusion Manager £12,000
Transport Support £870
Uniform / PE £550
Revision Resources £2,500
Equipment / Resources £2,250
Total £62,170


Focus: Student Progress
Expense PP Allocation
50% Contribution to UPS1 English and Maths Teacher Salary £46,000
Literacy and Numeracy Support £2,000
Reading Buddies £2,000
Total £50,000


Focus: Student Progress
Expense PP Allocation
SISRA subscription £2,000
Total £2,000