Pupil Premium 2018-2019

Hums BlockAt Heathcote School we are proud that there is virtually no gap between the progress of our disadvantaged pupils and others.



The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools’ in support of those children eligible for free school meals and who are looked after from Year 7 to Year 11 (currently July 2019 - 39.7% of the school). This gives schools an additional £625 million to close attainment gaps for our disadvantaged pupils. The Pupil Premium aims to improve the learning, attainment and welfare of our most disadvantaged pupils.

Waltham Forest continues to be one of the most deprived boroughs in England. Waltham Forest is just outside the bottom 10% of the most deprived local authorities and currently ranked 35th most deprived borough in England according to the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation.  A very large majority of our pupils come from Hatch Lane, Valley, Larkswood and Chingford Green Wards. Heathcote is in the Hatch Lane Ward which is within the top 15% deprivation index.




We use our Pupil Premium to:


  • Reduce the attainment and progress gap between pupils and those on free school meals or who are looked after
  • Increase social mobility
  • Enable disadvantaged pupils to succeed and give them the qualifications and social capital to get into the top universities or follow equally ambitious post 16 routes 


The aspects around which we have deployed Pupil Premium Funding and which are reflected in the School Improvement Plan are:


Strand One: Leadership & Management

Strand Two: Behaviour, Safety and Ethos

Strand Three: Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Strand Four: Outcomes for pupils

Strand Five: Improving Attendance

Strand Six: Strengthening Parent Engagement



The Government has stated that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent but this must be reported on the school’s website. The Pupil Premium per pupil for 2018-19 was a total amount of £326,415 plus £18,405 for Year 7 Catch up funding and £28,761 for Looked After Children.  Money for our LAC and adopted children is ring fenced and used solely for those children and is outlined in Personal Education Plans (PEPs) – this is not included in the table.


Disadvantaged Pupils

Pupil Premium per pupil

Pupils in Year Groups 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM


Looked After Children (LAC)


Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 1 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order


Service children

Pupils in Year Groups 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 4 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.



The indicative figure for Pupil Premium is £332,050 for 2019-20.  




In our school the funding it is used in a variety of ways as set out in the table below:


Amount of pupil premium funding in 2017/18 -



Leadership and Management – contribution towards the following posts/initiatives

  • Investment in Recruitment process to attract high quality staff inc contribution to TES subscription to ensure continuing focus on Narrowing the Gap.
  • Secondment to Leadership Team for one ELT member to add capacity
  • Contribution to salary of AHT – Raising Standards and narrowing the gap
  • Contribution to salary of Lead Practitioner as part of Outcomes Team 




Behaviour, Safety and Ethos - contribution towards the following posts/initiatives

  • Employment of behaviour mentor to support pupils at risk of exclusion with focus on disadvantaged pupils
  • IEU and Oak support – contribution towards qualified staff member to support the teaching and learning of disadvantaged pupils at risk of exclusion whilst in the IEU/Oak Provision
  • Activities week used to promote social skills as reward and motivator at end of Summer Term
  • Costs of school showcase and productions
  • Music tuition for targeted pupils






Learning, Teaching and Assessment –

contribution towards the following posts/initiatives

  • Cost for additional teachers/TAs to increase number of sets in English, Mathematics and Science and provide bespoke support
  • CPD, coaching and bespoke development for staff
  • Bespoke small group 1:1 intervention for disadvantaged pupils where there is a need
  • Limited holiday Study Support
  • Registration intervention and lunchtime study rooms – targeted for disadvantaged pupils
  • Exam equipment e.g. pens, pencils, calculators, rulers, course books, headphones and speakers for phonic literacy programme
  • Small bespoke group tuition;  Breakfast club, Friendship groups & Cookery club
  • Cover costs to support staff development by visiting and working with local schools








Outcomes for Pupils  - contribution towards the following posts/initiatives


  • Improved tracking system for disadvantaged pupils – 4MAtrix costs
  • Contribution to Data Manager and team costs
  • PixL costs
  • Contribution to staffing costs for War Room and Raising Achievement meetings (RAP meetings)



Improving attendance - contribution towards the following posts/initiatives

  • Contribution to Attendance Officer/Home School Worker to track pupils who are disadvantaged and in danger of becoming Persistent Absentees
  • Contribution tp EWO service costs
  • Costs of Truancy Call to ensure improved communication


Strengthening Parental Engagement - contribution towards the following posts/initiatives

  • Website
    • Newsletter
    • Investment in Parent mail
    • Cost of Parent Information Evenings





The School SEF, monitored by the Governing Body, details the impact of School Improvement work and the initiatives outlined above. Specific outcome details are below: 

Strand Four - Outcomes for Pupils


Unvalidated Data to be updated Autumn 2019

2019 data to be published shortly.


Strand Five: Improving Attendance 


Although there is continued work to do on improving attendance which continues to be one of our six objectives for 2019-21, the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils is less than national.


Strand Six: Strengthening Parent Engagement


Parents of disadvantaged pupils were well represented at school events such as Parent Information Evenings and Parent Evenings. There is a drive to ensure attendance at all events is more rigorously tracked in 2019-20 for key groups and this is a key part of the school’s drive for the next academic year. Parental Engagement is a key priority and will be led by the new Assitant Head.


The Year Ahead


The 2019-21 School Improvement Plan will focus on six key objectives to ensure all stakeholders have a simple and clear drive to raise standards and improve learning and teaching. We will ensure money is focused on these areas and use these to write the report next year, monitoring the impact in each area.

  • Pupils are proud of Heathcote and self-regulate their behaviour both in and out of school creating a calm and orderly environment. These high standards are supported by robust structures, staff and pupil leadership and increased parental support to ensure exceptional behaviour, high levels of understanding and respect for all and highly positive attitudes
  • High quality CPD and line management enables Middle Leaders to be highly visible, develop a coherent vision and challenge and support staff to meet the highest possible standards in all areas
  • The broad and balanced curriculum is reviewed and developed to ensure we have the right intent, impact and implementation for our Heathcote learners at all levels; it is understood by all and ambitiously delivered to ensure all pupils achieve highly
  • Both in and out of class, tutoring, learning and teaching, work-related learning and other opportunities - including the pupil passport  - are exciting, engaging and allow unique opportunities for all learners ensuring Heathcote provides extensive cultural capital
  • Robust monitoring and leadership of attendance enable pupils and their families to take responsibility for school attendance leading to attendance levels above the national average for all groups of pupils.
  • The financial deficit is reduced in line with robust targets by ensuring the best deployment of physical and human resources


In 2019/20 we will be specifically targeting the following which will be outlined in the more detailed SIP published in September 2019.


  • Narrowing the gap in all performance indicators for disadvantaged pupils
  • Continued use of MINT software to support the Know Your Class drive
  • New assessment procedures to better track pupils
  • A further HLTA
  • A new AHT for Ppuli Experience focusing on pupil leadership, parental links and careers. Opportunities for this cultural capital willl be tracked to ensure disadvantaged pupils have the same opportunities. 31% of the new prefects for 2019-20 are disadvantaged.
  • Support from local schools via WF Challenge
  • Continued Raising Attainment Meetings
  • Continue to provide opportunities for pupils to succeed and secure places in institutions of further education and top universities
  • Consideration of a new curriculum at Year 9 to support the drop in interest and application after Options are chosen
  • Bespoke programme for low ability Year 7s
  • Provide additional literacy and numeracy support in Year 7 and 8 for targeted pupils
  • Review of teaching Maths with focus on Year 7
  • Reward and celebrate pupil individuality and individual achievements as part of new Behaviour Policy
  • Lead Therapist role to provide greater support to SEMH pupils
  • Pupil Passport to support cultural capital
  • New Pupil Council and prefect teams
  • Provide opportunities for parents/carers to be further involved in pupil learning
  • Planner reintroduced to support home learning
  • Training Careers Guidance Mentor to Level 5
  • Progression Week for Year 10
  • Provide ICT support and equipment where there is a need
  • Provide examination resources where there is a need
  • Subsidize the cost of instrumental lessons where there is a need


            Investment in PiXL to:


  • Use data to support learning
  • Access appropriate tools for teaching and learning
  • Support the tutor programme and pastoral work


Previous Years


Please Click Here to download a copy of the Pupil Premium Information 2017-18.

Please Click Here to download a copy of the Pupil Premium Information 2016-17.

Please Click Here to download a copy of the Pupil Premium Information 2015-16.