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Helen Waite

Helen Waite

Deputy Director,
Department for Education (DfE)

Helen has worked as a Civil Servant since leaving University.  She has spent a large portion of her career at DWP working on a range of policies including labour market and employability, support for disabled people,  and the troubled families programme.  She joined DfE in 2018 initially taking a role on Early Years Policy before moving to her current post in November.  Helen works and lives in Sheffield, and is married with two children.

  • What does ‘disadvantage’ mean in 2020? Exploring who schools should consider supporting with pupil premium
  • Reflecting on the effective practice evidence that can inform a school’s pupil premium strategy to make maximum impact with the grant
  • Discussing how pupil premium should be reported following changes introduced by Ofsted and the Department for Education