Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium (2016-17)

The Pupil Premium is a sum of money the school receives for each student who is either in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or who has been in receipt of them in the past.

Nationally, the statistics show that students who are in receipt of Pupil Premium do less well than their peers in external exams. The aim of this money is to try to close that attainment gap.

Heart of England has relatively few students who are in receipt of FSM when compared to other schools. We exist to create futures for all and view each student as a unique individual entitled to the same quality of education experience, in and beyond the classroom.

We are required to publish how much Pupil Premium money we receive and how we have chosen to spend it. We are also required to publish the results for students in receipt of FSM compared with their peers.


  • 2016-17 £140,998
  • 2015-16 £134, 900
  • 2014-15 £117, 810
  • 2013-14: £104,940
  • 2012-13: £72,891

Barriers to Educational Achievement

The school has identified a variety of potential barriers to achievement and seeks to use its allocation of pupil premium funding to address this.

  • Socio-economic: The school is conscious that an inherent barrier is the ability to access the variety of curriculum trips, curriculum activities and other school visits that are offered as an opportunity to contextulaise learning outside of the classroom
  • Study Resources: Having resources pertinent to individual and independent study such as calculators, study guides, dictionaries, online study platforms or, in some cases, computer technology
  • Cultural Enrichment: The opportunity to participate in enrichment opportunities that harbor skills and experiences that develop a well-rounded individual who has the opportunity to acquire and nurture a variety of talents in the arts
  • ESBD: Ensuring that social or behavioural needs are supported and refocused to ensure that school and lesson time is calm and productive leading to the best possible attainment
  • Attendance: There is a clear and evident case that in order for students to make progress, their levels of attendance needs to be of the highest possible standard for all students.  The school has identified that the attendance of Pupil Premium students is not as high as their peers

What do we spend the money on?

  • Contribution to additional staffing in English and maths
  • Small group teaching of maths and English through ATLAS
  • Pastoral care and support with Pastoral Managers for each House
  • Additional tuition for students where necessary
  • Staffing costs for additional ESBD, academic support, mentoring and provision of a wellbeing practitioner
  • Staffing costs for Educational Psychology services
  • School Attendance Officer
  • Text books and education equipment support for individual students
  • Study Support
  • Assistance with the cost of curriculum trips, curriculum activities and other school visits
  • Support with Peripatetic music lessons
  • Support for specific extra-curricular activities such as Year 8 Enrichment
  • The provision of Learning Support Assistants and ATLAS staff
  • Uniform support for individual students

Further Plans for 2017-18

Ensuring that Pupil Premium students are known, monitored and have meaningful guidance and support across their time with us is key.  Heart of England's pastoral structure is intended to ensure that all students are known and any intervention or support is timely.  With this in mind we will make use of a Pastoral Inclusion Manager who, as part of their remit, will focus upon the academic and pastoral support for Pupil Premium students. 

Further Reading

How well do students in receipt of FSM achieve at Heart of England?

2017Cohort% English and Maths (Grade 4+)EBacc
PP 17 29% 18%
Non-PP 182 74% 29%

Further Reading Pastoral Care and Behaviour Interventions

Cultural and Other Enrichment Opportunities: 

Individual Tuition and Small Group Work


Learning Support Assistants/ATLAS staff

Study Support