Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from low-income families. The premium is provided to school in order to assist teachers and schools to support these pupils in reaching their potential. The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals (FSM) as an indicator for Pupil Premium.


The aims of Pupil Premium Funding is to ensure disadvantaged pupils make consistently good progress across school and to raise attainment to be in line with national average and year group expectations:

  • To ensure identified disadvantaged pupils make accelerate progress
  • To deliver intervention programmes alongside quality first teaching
  • To ensure pupil premium funding is allocated to enhance a pupil’s school experience and to directly improve their life chances
  • Residential visits to be paid in full/subsidised for identified pupils
  • To raise attendance & punctuality of identified pupils
  • To provide support for the families of disadvantaged pupils


Who is entitled to Pupil Premium

Low-income families may be entitled to a benefit known as Free School Meals (FSM). You can apply for school meals if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190, provided they are not receiving Working Tax Credit
  • The ‘Guaranteed’ element of the State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (you will need to apply directly to the school not Bradford Council)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

If you wish to apply, please click here to access the online form on the Bradford Council’s website.


School meals are free for reception, year 1, year 2 – Do I still need to apply?

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 get free school meals, but if you receive one of the benefits from the list above you may also get help with:

  • the cost of residential school trips (speak to your school about this)
  • travel costs to school
  • school uniform costs (speak to your school about this)
  • council run music lessons at school

Registering for free meals could raise an extra £1,320 for your child’s school, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities. This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the welfare benefits listed in the form. It is therefore important to sign up for free school meals, even if your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2, so that your child’s school receives as much funding as possible.


Pupil Premium Funding

Financial year 2022 to 2023
Schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,345 for pupils in reception year to year 6

Schools will also receive £2,345 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order


How is Pupil Premium spent

The Government does not dictate how schools should spend the pupil premium however Harden Primary will ensure that provision is made which secures teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupil premium pupils.

An Annual Report will be published for parents on how Pupil Premium funding has been used.

Click here to view our 2020/2021 Pupil Premium Report

Click here to view our 2019/2020 Pupil Premium Report

Click here to view our 2018/19 Pupil Premium Report


Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2021- 2024

Please click here to view strategy.



Our Pupil Premium Policy can be viewed on our Policies Page