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Parsons Field, Colchester, Essex CO7 6BZ


Pupil Premium

All our work funded by the Pupil Premium is aimed at accelerating progress so that the vast majority of children leave Dedham C of E Primary at, or above, the national average. We also aim for every child to make progress that is good or better from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. 


Click here to download our Pupil Premium Review (2017-18)

Click here to download our Pupil Premium Strategy (2018-19)

Click here to download our Pupil Premium Strategy (2019-20)

Click here to download our Pupil Premium Strategy (2020-21)

Click here to download our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement (2021-22)

Click here to download our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement (2022-23)

Click here to download out Pupil Premium Strategy Statement (2023-2024)



Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium is funding to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England and is paid directly to the school.

At Dedham C of E Primary, funding is formally allocated and reviewed annually and a published statement made available on our website. We have adopted the recommended 3-year approach to planning and implementation.


Please access our current Pupil Premium Strategy, which outlines our planned spending for the current academic year, through the link on this page. Funding is allocated within the financial year, April to April, and therefore academic year funding is approximate. The Pupil Premium Champion works closely with staff to monitor the progress of children in receipt of the funding and analyse the impact of the initiatives we have put in place.


The school receives funding based on pupil eligibility:

  • Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years (including eligible children of families with no recourse to public funds)
  • Pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care
  • Children who are looked after by the local authority


We recognise that pupils’ academic achievement is strongly linked with the emotional support they receive, exposure to rich and varied experiences, additional academic intervention and access to Quality First teaching. We also acknowledge that the most academically able pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds can be at risk of under-performing, and therefore, our focus is on ensuring all pupils are targeted to raise attainment and accelerate progress, based on their starting points.


Further information on the Pupil Premium can be found on the government website which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium/pupil-premium


If you are currently experiencing financial hardship, please make contact with the school to see how we may be able to support you. Applications for Free School Meals can also be made through this link: https://www.essex.gov.uk/free-school-meals

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you are receiving any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income below £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance, income related
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit, with a household income of £7,400 or less (after tax and not including any benefits you get


Service Pupil Premium (SPP)

This is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. It has been combined into Pupil Premium payments to make it easier for schools to manage their spending.

This funding is primarily to help with pastoral support. It can also be used to help improve the academic progress of eligible pupils if the school deems this to be a priority.

The funding is allocated if pupils meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces (including pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full-time reserve service, and also pupils whose parent is serving in the armed forces of another nation and is formally stationed in England) – and they are recorded in the October school census as being a ‘service child’
  • they have previously been registered as a ‘service child’ in any school census in the last 6 years
  • one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces, and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme