Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools to improve the educational attainment of eligible pupils and diminishing the difference between them and their peers. The funding is based on the number of children who have received free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. The government currently commits to paying the school £1300 per year for each registered child.

To be eligible you must be receiving one of the following:

  • Income support or income-based Job Seekers Allowance;
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190 (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit)
  • Pension Guarantee Credit;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

To receive these funds the school must submit your application to the local authority.  For more information please click here for Essex County Council website

 For more information, please click here Pupil Premium Additional Information


At Doddinghurst Infant School we are committed to ensuring all our children make the best possible progress.  We track the achievement of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to make sure each child achieves their potential.  We also have a duty to ensure that no group of children are disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin, family income or background.

The Pupil Premium funding allows us to continue and extend what we already do – to monitor children’s progress and to give additional support when required.  Children are not singled out for getting some extra support and we never label a child in front of other children.


The target and strategic use of Pupil Premium Grant will support children in achieving their goals


  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils (personalised learning)
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
  • In making provision we recognise that not all pupils will be disadvantaged
  • We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium Grant funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged
  • Pupil Premium Grant funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.


The range of provision the Governing Body may consider making for this group could include:

  • Reducing class sizes thus improving opportunities for effective assessment for learning (AfL) and accelerating progress
  • Providing small group work with an experienced, qualified teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
  • 1:1 tuition support
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained Teaching Assistants and/or external agencies
  • Effective use of data to check interventions impact and make adjustments where necessary
  • Family support
  • Access to Brentwood Extended Service’s
  • Reducing the financial burden of extra curricular activities
  • Pupil Premium Mentor for additional input for intervention work, Family and emotional support.  

All our work through the Pupil Premium Grant will be aimed at accelerating progress and moving pupils to at least age related expectations. This data will be extracted from termly pupil progress meetings (PPMs) based around reading, writing and maths. Pupil Premium Grant children will be clearly identified on Tracking grids through a point system. Pupil Premium resources may also be used to target most able children to enable them to work at a greater depth within the expected standard.


The evaluation of this school payment and our provision is based upon the impact it has on pupil progress and how quickly the school ‘diminishes the difference’ between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

 The success criteria for the Pupil Premium statement is:

  • Early intervention and support for disadvantaged children.
  • The vast majority of disadvantaged children will reach their individual targets.
  • Effective parental and school support.
  • Having an effective system for identifying, assessing and monitoring pupils.
  • Having a whole-school approach.
  • Create a positive school atmosphere in which pupils’ differences are recognised and valued as full members of the school community; developing confident independent learners.


It will be the responsibility of the head teacher and Pupil Premium Mentor to provide regular reports for the Governing Body Pupil Premium Committee on:

  • The progress made towards diminishing the differences, by year group, for disadvantaged pupils (PPG)
  • An outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting
  • An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support

It will be the responsibility of the Chairperson of the Pupil premium Committee to ensure this information is shared and made available to the full Governing Body.

 The Governing Body of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement available to parents on how Pupil Premium Grant funding has been used to address the issue of ‘diminishing the difference’, for disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education (DfE).


Any appeals against this policy will be through the Governing Body complaints procedure.